TExES Exam Registration

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BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 STUDENTS WILL NEED TO CREATE A TESTING ACCOUNT AND REGISTER FOR EXAMS THROUGH PEARSON. ETS IS NO LONGER THE PROCTOR OF TExES EXAMS.


 

How to Establish your TEAL Educator Account and Register for TExES Exams

Registering for your TExES exams is a tricky process that involves you 1.) establishing your TEAL Educator Profile to complete background information and retrieve your TEA ID number, and 2.) creating a Pearson testing account, where you will register for and schedule all your TExES exams. 

For instructions on how to establish your TEAL Educator Profile, please see our TEAL Educator Account Access guide.

After you have completed the setup of your TEAL Educator Profile, visit Pearson's Getting Started guide to create your testing account, register for and schedule your exams. **BE AWARE THAT THE PEARSON SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT THAN ETS. REGISTERING FOR YOUR EXAM IS A SEPARATE PROCESS FROM SCHEDULING YOUR TESTING APPOINTMENT. AFTER YOU REGISTER FOR THE EXAM, YOU MUST SCHEDULE THE EXAM WITHIN 170 DAYS.**

 

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Pearson Testing Policies

Pearson VUE proctors TExES exams by appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Exam registration fees are $116 (additional fees may apply) and must be paid using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or a debit or check card that carries the VISA or MasterCard logo and that can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). Bank cards without a VISA or MasterCard logo cannot be accepted.

Please note: Pearson requires you to pay for your exam (during the registration process) before you schedule it. Your registration is valid for 170 days from the date of issue. If you do not schedule an exam appointment and take your exam within 170 days of registering and paying for it, or withdraw your registration within 170 days, your registration will expire and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.  Registering and paying for the exams is a two-step process, so please be sure to complete both steps!

Most of the exams are offered on a daily basis with Pearson (except for BTLPT and LOTE exams). You can view available test centers and appointment times before registering or scheduling your exam by visiting the Pearson site and selecting the appropriate exams. BTLPT and LOTE appointment times and centers can be viewed here. Please be aware that there is no curently no testing center in Denton, and you will have to travel to the nearest available center for your exam.

If you are requesting Alternative Testing Arrangements for extra time, sign language, screen magnification greater than 200%, or Braille exam format, please be sure to review Pearon's policies and proceedures on how to submit documentation and register for your exams. You must complete the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form and submit supporting documentation before scheduling an appointment. Candidates who wish to request alternative testing arrangements should register as early as possible in advance of their desired test date because of the additional time needed to process the registration and to schedule the test administration.  You should wait to hear from Pearson about whether your request is approved or denied before you schedule your test appointment. Remember: Registering for the exam and scheduling the exam are two separate processes. 

Pearson also requires that you bring two forms of valid (unexpired) ID when you test. Primary IDs can include a Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, or passport. Documents must have your name, photo, and signuature visible on them. Do not bring photocopies or digital copies. Your supplemental or secondary identification may be any original and valid identification as long as it contains your name and a clear recognizable photograph, or your name and signature (such as a credit card). 

For more information about Pearson's testing policies and procedures, please visit the Pearson website.

 

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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). 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?

  • 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 gateway portal to your TEA Educator 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.
  • Using the TEAL portal, you can access your TEA Educator Account (also referred to as the "Blue Screen" by UNT) where you will apply for certification, view the certificates that have been issued to you, and see the exams you have been approved for, or have passed. 

Q.) I'm trying to create a TEAL account but it says I already have one, and I don't remember making one. Help!

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 in order to log into your TEAL account.

If you do not still have, or did not receive, the emails containing your username and password, go to the TEAL Login Screen and click Forgot your username? The email address on file will either by your @my.unt.edu email or your EUID@unt.edu (ex. abc0123@unt.edu). After you retreive your username, you can return to the site and click on Forgot your password? to repeat the process.

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 account.

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 or View my Educator Certification Profile, and underneath that link will be your TEA ID number. You can also view your TEA ID number by clicking on that Educator/View my Educator Certification Profile link in your TEAL account, which will take you your educator profile, or the "Blue Screen", which is the site you will access to apply for and view your official teaching certificates.

Q.) I have multiple last names, but my ID only shows part of it. Can I still test?

The name on your ID must exactly match what is on file with TEA (view your educator account to find out what name is on file). If you need to change the name on file with TEA so that it matches your ID, you can submit a name change to TEA. For all name change requests, see page 8 of the TEAL Educator Account Access guide or visit the TEA website.

Q.) I just got married/divorced/legally changed my name, what do I do?

You will need to submit a name change to TEA. For instructions, see page 8 of the TEAL Educator Account Access guide or visit the TEA website.

Q.) When should I take my TExES exams?

If you are an undergraduate student, check the testing sequence for your program for specific information on when you should be testing. 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?

Exam fees are currently $116 per exam. Additional fees may apply.

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 contact via email after UNT receives your test scores. Please read that email carefully for instructions on what to do. By Texas law, educator candidates are only 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. 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.  

Q.) How long do I have to take my exams?

Candidates have until their certification exams are no longer offered to take and pass the tests. Typically exams change and expire every 10 years, but may be sooner if the Texas Legislature votes to make changes to the certification programs. It is the candidate's responsibility to know about upcoming changes, and to be aware of when their exams will expire. Once you have graduated and completed your certification program, if your exams expire before you pass them UNT will not grant you approval to take the new certification exams. Candidates who do not complete certification requirements before the expiration dates must go through another Educator Preparation Program to acheive certification.  A list of accredited Alternative and Post-Baccalaureate programs can be found on the TEA website.

 

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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