TExES School Counselor (152) Exam

The TExES School Counselor (152) Exam assesses whether a candidate has the skills needed to be successful as an entry level educator in the state of Texas. The exam tests your critical thinking skills, your ability to recall facts, and how well you are able to analyze presented information.

Who is eligible to take the TExES exam?

Those who are eligible to take the exam must first have approval from their Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

How much is the application fee? How can I pay?

The application fee is $131. You may Pay by debit/credit card with a Mastercard or Visa logo. Cash and checks are not an acceptable form of payment.

How do I register for the School Counselor Exam?

In order to register for the exam, you will need to create an account on the official Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. From there you will be provided with instructions on how to register.

How do I schedule a test day?

Exam openings are given year-round on a first come first serve basis. Once you finish registering, you are free to schedule your exam date. Once you complete your registration you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE with your exam date and time, and other relevant information.

Where is the exam given?

Exam sites are located in Texas and nationwide. You may choose a site that is convenient for you when you register on the official Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my exam?

Rescheduling or canceling an exam must be done 48 hours before your scheduled exam. In order to reschedule or cancel an exam, log into your account at www.tx.nesinc.com, go to “Current Registrations,” and then hit “Reschedule/Cancel.

How many questions are on the exam?

The exam is computer-based and consists of 100-multiple choice questions.

How much time will I be given to complete the exam?

You will be given 5 hours to complete the exam. 15 minutes of that five hours is dedicated to a quick computer tutorial.

What specifically will I be tested on?

You will be tested on three different domains:

  • Understanding Students – 30%
  • Planning and Implementing the Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program – 40%
  • Collaboration, Consultation, and Professionalism – 30%

What should I bring with me on the day of the exam? What do I need to know?

On the day of the exam, be sure to arrive at minimum fifteen minutes early. If you arrive later than your scheduled exam, you will not be allowed to take it. You will want to have with you your printed admission ticket and a valid, government issued photo ID.

Personal items are not allowed inside the testing room, so it may be better to leave personal items either in your car or at home. Some testing facilities may provide lockers but be sure to check with your testing site before your scheduled exam.

What score do I need to get on the exam in order to pass?

The exam is scored on a scale of 100 to 300. In order to pass you will need to score at least a 240.

Will I have to wait months before I receive my exam results?

Your scores will be available on your online account about seven days of the last testing date in your exam window.

I’m worried that if I fail the exam, I won’t be able to retake it.

No need to worry. If you fail your exam you may retake it after 45 days. However, you will have to pay another exam fee. You are given five attempts to take the exam, which is equal to your first attempt and four retakes.

How Can I Prepare for the TExES School Counselor Test?

That’s a great question.  We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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



Last Updated: August 6, 2019