The TExES Mathematics exam is used by all Texas state schools and licensing agencies to certify potential teachers in this field, specifically mathematics teachers for grades 7 through 12. This exam evaluates your skills and knowledge in comparison to those needed for an entry-level applicant. A passing completion will earn you a certificate in this field.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for TExES exams both Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and Out-of-state/country candidates will need to get approval from their specific programs for testing, create a TEA Login (TEAL) account to receive a TEA ID number, and create a TExES testing account.
Candidates with a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT), charter schools, or certification-by-exam route will not need to create a TEA account, as you will already have a TEA number given to you by your specific program or school. You will need only to create a TExES testing account and register to take the exam.
There is a fee of $116 to take this exam. This is due at registration, which is completed online.
Once these steps have been taken, you can register for your exam through your testing account.
When and Where is it Taken?
This computer-administered exam can be scheduled year-round through Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers. These are located throughout the state of Texas and nationwide. Most testing centers are open six days a week and 15 hours a day.
To choose a date, time, and location that is convenient for you, register as soon as possible as space and seating are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Rescheduling or canceling your appointment can be done for any reason at least 48 hours before your original testing session. Afterward, changes cannot be made, and you will forfeit any fees paid.
Special accommodations are available for those with disabilities or who may not be able to test under normal circumstances. This request must be made during registration, and you will need to provide the proper supporting documentation to be approved of this service.
You will be sent a confirmation notice by email once you have completely and successfully registered for this exam.
What Should I Bring?
You must arrive at the testing site at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam. Those who arrive late will not be able to test and will have to reschedule, forfeiting any registration fees.
During check-in, you will need to provide two forms of valid personal identification. These must have your signature and full name as it appears on your registration. One must also include a recent and recognizable photo.
All other personal belongings are not allowed. The following items must be kept in a locker for the duration of the exam.
- Cell phones and/or electronic devices
- Jewelry and/or watches
- Food and/or drinks
- Wallets and/or keys
- Study materials, pencils, and/or paper
You will be given a list of definitions and formulas for use on the exam. You will also be allowed to bring an approved graphing calculator. The following are the only approved brands and models permitted: Texas Instruments TI 73, 83, 84, and Nspire Handheld with the TI-84 Keypad. (The keypad of the Nspire handheld may not be removed during the exam.)
What is Covered?
This exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and is given five hours to complete. This includes 15 minutes for a short tutorial and compliance agreement.
Below is a brief summary of each main section or domain included on the exam with the approximate amount of weight it is given.
Number Concepts (14%)
The real number system, the complex number system, theory concepts and principles
Patterns and Algebra (33%)
Patterns, functions, relations and graphs, linear and quadratic functions, algebraic and graphical properties, polynomials, rational and radical values, piecewise functions and absolute values, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and circular functions, differential and integral calculus
Geometry and Measurement (19%)
Measurement processes, Euclidian geometry, axiomatic systems, transformational and vector geometry, coordinate geometry
Probability and Statistics (14%)
Graphical and numerical techniques used to find and express patterns, concepts and applications of probability, probability theories and statistical inference
Mathematical Processes and Perspectives (10%)
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving, how to communicate mathematical ideas and connections
Mathematics Learning, Instruction, and Assessment (10%)
How children learn mathematics, planning and implementation of instruction, student mathematics assessment techniques to evaluate performance and progress
How is it Scored?
Scores are reported by 10 pm Central Standard Time on the score report date assigned for your testing day. This date should have been made known to you during the registration process. Your scores will be available on your TExES account online and will automatically be sent to TEA and your EPP if applicable. Paper copies are not sent to anyone.
Your score report will include your scaled score and your pass/fail status. Your raw score (number of correctly answered questions) is converted to a scaled score ranging from 100-300 based on the difficulty of the questions you answered. A scaled score of at least 240 is considered passing.
For those who do not pass, you may retake the exam up to five times. You will need to re-register and submit a new exam fee each time. You must also wait at least 45 days after your last attempt to take it.
Once you have passed, you can apply for certification through your ECOS account. However, you must wait at least 7-10 business days after your scores have been reported to you to do this.
How Can I Prepare for the TExES (235) Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!
- Study Guide by Mometrix Test Prep
- Study Guide by Test Prep Books