TExES Exam Registration

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How to Register for TExES Exams

Registering for your TExES exams is a tricky process that involves you 1.) logging into you TEAL account to complete background information and retrieve your TEA ID number, and 2.) creating a testing account with Educational Testing Services (ETS), where you will register for all your TExES exams. 

Watch this short video on how to register for your TExES exams.

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Follow the TEAL/ETS Registration Guide for step-by-step instructions.

 


 

What You Need to Know About Your TEAL Account

When you were admitted to the Teacher Education program, UNT created an account for you with the Teacher Education Agency (TEA) and granted you testing permissions for the exams required by your certification field. In doing this, TEA assigned you an ID number, and sent you an email containing a username and password for the TEAL system so that you could log into your account in order to access your certification information. You will need to locate the information contained in the emails before you can start the process of registering for your exams. If you do not still have, or did not receive, the emails containing your username and password, please contact TEAL Support at 512-936-8400 (option 2) and tell the customer service representative that you need your username and password for your TEAL account. You can also submit a request online to retreive your information, but please be aware that it can take up to 24 hours for online requests to be processed.

If you need assistance in setting up your accounts, please come by the TExES Advising Office during regular business hours, or schedule an appointment. Please allow yourself up to 30 minutes to create your accounts. Please contact TEA for your username and password PRIOR to coming to the TExES Advising Office.

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What You Need to Know About Your ETS Account

ETS is the testing company that proctors all of your TExES certification exams. When you create your account using your TEA ID number, the ETS website will link to your educator profile with TEA. Whatever name, address, and other personal information you have on file with TEA will reflect on your ETS account.  If you try to create your ETS account before you have completed all the background information in your TEAL account, you will receive and error message and will not be able to create your testing account until you complete the required information. 

If you have a different name on file with TEA than what is on your driver's license or passport, you need to submit a name change to TEA prior to registering for your exams so that the name on your ID matches TEA and ETS. If there are any discrepancies on the day of your exam, the testing center will not let you test and a refund will not be given. If you need to submit a name change request to TEA, please see page 40 of the TEAL/ETS Registration Guide for instructions.

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UNT's Testing Policy and Testing Sequence

In September 2015, the state of Texas enacted a policy that only allows teacher candidates to attempt their certification exams a total of five times (one initial attempt, four retakes). All exam attempts prior to September 1, 2015 count as one attempt regardless of how many times a candidate tested. In order to help prevent candidates from reaching their testing limit, UNT has established a remediation policy that students must abide by in order to gain approval for their certification exam. See below for UNT's testing policy.

1.) Undergraduate and post-bac initial certification students are granted their first testing attempt upon formal admittance to the Teacher Education program. Professional students seeking additional certifications in Principal, Superintendent, School Librarian, School Counseling, or Educational Diagnostician will receive test approval based on departmental policies.  Check with your program about when you will be eligible to take your certification exam.  Undergraduate students in EC-6 or 4-8 programs should aim take their content certification exam prior to PDS 1. Secondary level undergraduate students should take their content exam prior to EDSE 4840. For those students who are not ready to take their actual exam before enrolling in PDS 1 or EDSE 4840, you will be required to take the content practice exam. Please refer to your program's specific testing sequence for timeline of when to take supplemental and PPR exams by clicking on the following program links: Undergraduate EC-6, Undergraduate 4-8, Undergraduate Secondary.

2.) Students who do not pass their first actual test attempt are automatically granted a second attempt.  You must wait 45 calendar days before you can re-test. It is highly advised that you remediate before your next attempt by taking a practice exam, working with your faculty, or utilizing one of more of our recommended TExES Prep Resources.

3.) Students who do not pass their second attempt must either attend a UNT practice exam session and score 75 or above; complete a practice exam with an 80% or better through CertifyTeacher.com or 240Tutoring.com; attend a review session at UNT, TWU, or Region 10 (if offered); or complete six hours of review through an approved resource. Students will receive an email with details of which resources will count towards their review requirements. After a student successfully completes a review or practice exam, a third exam approval will be granted. Students are still encouraged to reach out to their program faculty for additional resources and suggestions on how to better prepare for their exams.

4.) Students who do not pass their third attempt must meet additional remediation requirements, and may be asked to meet with their program faculty or the Admissions, Retention, and Review (ARR) Committee before they are allowed to retest. The ARR committee may recommend further remediation requirements before a fourth attempt is granted.  

5.) Students who do not pass their fourth attempt will be referred to the program faculty for in-depth review of the their previous score reports. Additional and more rigorous remediation requirements will be made before the fifth attempt will be granted.

6.) Students who do not pass their fifth attempt, will be sent an email containing instructions and an application to appeal to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for additional attempts. Students must appeal to TEA for additional attempts. UNT can no longer grant approval beyond a fifth attempt.

Students will receive an email between each testing attempt with instructions. Do not attempt to re-register for your exams before you receive the email from the TExES Advising Office.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.) What is TEA/TEAL and ETS?

  • TEA stands for the Texas Education Agency, which is the entity that governs certification in the state of Texas.
  • TEAL stands for Texas Education Agency Login, and is the online portal to your TEA account. Through the TEAL portal you can update your security questions, permanent address, email, and phone number. The TEAL portal is also referred to as the "White Screen" by UNT. 
  • ETS stands for Educational Testing Services.  It is a nationwide testing company that proctors all TExES exams.

Q.) What is my TEA ID number and where can I find it?

Your TEA ID number is your unique educator identification number, and is assigned to you by TEA when you are admitted to the Teacher Education program at UNT. Essentially it is like the education version of your Social Security number. You can retrieve your TEA ID number by logging into your TEAL account. When you click on the Access Applications page, you will see a link that says Educator, and underneath that link will be your TEA ID number. You can also view your TEA ID number by clicking on that Educator link in your TEAL account, which will take you to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). ECOS is also referred to as the "Blue Screen" by UNT, and is the site you will access to apply for and view your official teaching certificates.

Q.) My middle name is not on file with TEA but is on my driver's license, will I still be able to take my exams?

Unless you just encounter an extremely difficult Test Center Administrator, the only names required on your ID and admission ticket are your first and last name. You can submit a name change to TEA if you want to have your middle name or middle initial on file with the agency. For all name change requests, see page 40 of the TEAL/ETS Registration Guide.

Q.) When should I take my TExES exams?

It is highly recommended that you pass all of your certification exams prior to starting your Student Teaching/Clinical Practice semester. A good rule of thumb is to start taking practice exams as soon as you are admitted to the Teacher Education program, and take your real exams the semester before you are scheduled to enter student teaching. Students who struggle with passing their certification exams will be referred to faculty or asked to complete additional remediation requirements to help them prepare for their next exam attempt.

Q.) How much do the exams cost?

As of September 1, 2015 exam fees increased to $131 per exam, plus a convenience fee. Students who must retake individual sections of the Core Subjects exam must pay $65 per section. Ancillary fees, such as late registration, cancelling or rescheduling exams will increased by $5. For a complete list of fees, be sure to check out the TExES Registration Bulletin through ETS.

Q.) Do I need to provide UNT with copies of my score reports after I pass my exams?

No. Your scores are automatically submitted to UNT. However, you should print and retain copies of your score reports in case you need to provide them to your hiring districts or graduate school admissions board.

Q.) What happens if I do not pass my TExES exam?

All students, regardless of program, are given a one-time approval for their exams.  Students who do not pass must complete strict remediation requirements before they will be allowed to retest. The TExES Advisor will be in contant via email after UNT receives your test scores. Please read that email carefully for instructions on what to do. Starting September 1, 2015, by Texas law, educator candidates will only be allowed to take their certification exams a total of 5 times (1 initial attempt, 4 retakes). If you are unsuccessful after the 5th attempt, you will have to petition TEA for the opportunity to retake the exam a 6th time. If this happens, it is beyond UNT's jurisdiction and we cannot change whatever outcome TEA arrives at. It is in your best interest to take advantage of all resources while you are a student, and take your content exams prior to your Student Teaching/Clinical Practice semester.  

If you have a question that was not answered above, please contact our office at coe-tao@unt.edu for more information.

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