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TExES Exam

The TExES Exam: What It is All About

Texas

The TExES exam is required by the state of Texas for any person who wants to teach in a Texas public school. It came about as part of the great wave of educational reform in the U.S. over the last several decades, when politicians and other leaders concluded that there were far too many unqualified teachers in America's classrooms. State after state initiated rigorous certification tests for prospective teachers, and the TExES exam is the Lone Star State's version.

By passing the test, potential teachers demonstrate that they have thoroughly mastered the subject they will be teaching in the classroom and are competent and skilled at helping kids learn the subject as well. The test is timed, and it follows a multiple-choice format. There is a substantial fee to take the exam, which is given at testing centers all over the state. While the exam is not the most challenging test in the world, it is no picnic, either, as evidenced by the fact that ten percent of the people who take it every year get a failing score. Failure, of course, is quite a career setback, as it is impossible to be certified to teach in Texas without passing the TExES exam.

Last Updated: 07/29/2014

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