The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES™) is a series of exams delivered by Pearson used in Texas to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective teachers before they can become certified to teach in the state’s public schools. The scoring of the TExES™ exams can vary slightly depending on the specific test, but this overview is provided to help put your mind at ease so you can focus on preparing for the test.

What is the Score Required to Pass the TExES™?

TExES™ exams are typically scored on a scale of 100 to 300. The passing score for most TExES™ exams is 240. This means that candidates must achieve a scaled score of 240 or higher to pass. With proper tutoring and preparation, you can expect to receive at least 240 on your TExES™ exams.

What is the Difference Between a Raw Score and a Scaled Score?

Your raw score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. For the TExES™ tests, which primarily consist of multiple-choice questions, the raw score is simply the total number of correct answers. Here’s an important tip: there is no penalty for wrong answers, so it’s advantageous to answer every question.

Your raw score is converted into a scaled score that ranges from 100 to 300. Assessment experts at Pearson scale raw so that scores are comparable across different test administrations and test forms, accounting for slight variations in difficulty among different sets of test questions. Keep in mind that the passing score on a TExES™ test is 240.


When Do I Get My Scores for TExES™?

According to Pearson™, score reports for most TExES™ tests are available seven (7) days after you complete the exam; however, tests which contain constructed responses (essays or short answer) will take up to 28 days to score.

Some score reports may provide your overall performance on the exam, or total test score, and a breakdown by domain and competency.

It’s important for test-takers to review the specific scoring guidelines for their particular TExES™ exam since there can be variations, especially for exams that include constructed-response questions.

How Do I Study for TExES™ tests?

It is critical to prepare for the TExES™ exams. You should plan your studies according to the date on which you wish to test. Doing so allows you to walk into test day feeling confident about the knowledge expected of you.

Passage Preparation has taken the first big step in your preparation. We work with expert teachers and teacher educators to break down the broad and complex domains and competencies covered on TExES™ exams and develop comprehensive study guides and interactive practice tests that we deliver as courses you can take on your own time.

Do yourself a favor and register for a Passage Preparation course aligned to the TExES™ test you are required to take today!

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