We have compiled a list of resources to assist you with the TExES exams. Special thanks to Carisa Kohutek and Michael Vriesenga of UTSA for providing and organizing part of this list.
General Certification Exam Preparation
- TExES Exam Preparation Manuals
- Preparing for the Texas Educator Certification Tests video
- 240tutoring.com - quality online resource with practice exams and study guide resources that allow you to track your progress
- T-CERT - state-sponsored online TExES Certification Review for Teachers, open to anyone with a TEA number
- LearningExpress Library - diagnostic test resource
- Khan Academy - resource for learning math, science, economics, and history
- STAAR Resources - TEA-developed online version of released STAAR, TAKS, exit-level TAAS, and end-of-course exams, which may be helpful in reviewing for the TExES since the same objectives are being measured
- The Academy of Teacher Excellence – eCommunity of Practice provides Education 101 with extensive preparation resources for the TExES exams.
- Dr. Jerry Whitworth of Texas Woman's' University has posted test preparation quizlets.
- Listed below are some additional review materials that may be helpful. Please note that TTU does not endorse the programs or publications listed. Our office makes no guarantees or implications about the quality of either the help you will get or the effects on your scores:
Pearson Education Inc. (Pearson)
Because Pearson is the testing vendor with responsibility to develop, administer and modify TExES tests, the Pearson TExES website is an excellent source for test preparation materials.
- Policies – Read and understand the Policies for the test you plan to take.
- Prepare – Pearson provides a variety of general exam information and specific content review resources. Use these to prepare for the test.
- Preparation Manuals – These provide information on test structure and the questions you will answer.
- Interactive Practice Tests – These are full-length tests with answers. Take these tests, and then review the results carefully to understand how to best prepare for the real test. These tests cost $10.
- General Guidance – This includes developing a study plan, reducing test anxiety, strategies and tips, and tutorials on the tools, such as online calculators, that you will encounter in TExES tests.
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility
Notice regarding the PPR: The Texas Education Agency is working towards replacing the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test with a performance-based assessment called edTPA. In addition to requiring much more time and work from you, edTPA will cost over $300 while the PPR costs about $120. Therefore, it is advisable that you take the PPR as soon as you are ready.
- Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility(PPR)
- The PPR test includes several questions on the English Language Proficiency Standards. UTSA has created a one-page ELPS Guide as well as a Student Friendly ELPS Guide to help you better understand the ELPS.
- Vanderbilt University's Iris Center has an extensive library of resources regarding everything from Accommodations to RTI.
- Book: Kaplan TExES, Hall, McCall, Burkhardt.
- PPR Flashcards: https://quizlet.com/19659703/texes-ppr-concepts-and-terms-flash-cards/
- Cognitive and Developmental Psychology: https://www.simplypsychology.org/
- Ethics: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sbecrules/tac/chapter247/index.html
All Content Areas
The TExES content tests are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If you know and understand the TEKS, then you should be well prepared for the TExES content exams. It behooves you to know the TEKS now, since you will be teaching them soon.
- Review the TEKS in Chapters 110 through 130 of the Commissioner's Rules.
- Read the Assessed Curriculum for STAAR assessments related to your curriculum area. Note the similarity to the TExES Test at a Glance documents. Read the Assessed Curriculum for your curriculum area. That will give you a much more specific idea of the items to be tested. These resources are available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/.
- Test your knowledge of the TEKS the same way you will test whether or not your students
understand the TEKS – by taking the STAAR exams. The Student Testing and Accountability
section of the TEA website includes Released Tests that you can use to improve your knowledge.
- Do NOT just read the questions and guess at the answers. You should be able to identify with certainty which answer is right, and you should be able to explain with certainty why each wrong answer is wrong.
- This is a much higher level of study, but it is exactly what you'll have to do with your students very soon.
- To improve your general knowledge in the Core Subject areas, try the PBS Learning Media website.
- The College Board provides sample test questions and a variety of resources which may help you.
- Play a Jeopardy!-like game to test your Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in a variety of areas: https://jeopardylabs.com/browse/?q=teks&sort_by=_score&submit=Search.
- Quizlet provides flashcards and other resources. https://quizlet.com/subject/texes/
- The Texas Education Agency provides the Texas Gateway. This has a wide variety of resources that you can use to prepare for the test or use in your own classroom.
- The Crash Course provides brief courses on many subjects with supportive cartoons.
- CK-12 provides a variety of lessons on math, science, English and more.
- The Khan Academy provides free lessons on many subjects at various grade levels.
Elementary Core Subjects
- Elementary Core Subjects
- Core Subjects EC-6 (free videos)
- Reading Rockets provides a variety of resources, including a series of YouTube videos.
- Ducksters provides kid-oriented science, math, history and geography instruction, but it might help you.
- Flashcard set for Core EC-6 content: https://quizlet.com/kimberly_w_parsons
- ReadWriteThink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/...
- Book: Ultimate Guide to the TExES Core Subjects EC-6, Bauer, Cezeaux and Scott.
- Book: TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (291). Dr. Luis A. Rosado
- Council for Economic Education: https://www.councilforeconed.org/
- U.S. Mint: https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
- Federal Reserve: https://www.federalreserveeducation.org/
- National Content Standards in Economics: https://www.councilforeconed.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/voluntary-national-content-standards-2010.pdf
- Seterra Map Quiz Games: https://www.seterra.com/
- National Geographic Classroom Resources: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/?xpop=1
- National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/history/index.htm
- NPS Heritage Travel: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/heritagetravel/discover-our-shared-heritage.htm
- Constitution: https://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/constitution
- National Standards in Civics and Government: http://www.civiced.org/standards
- Center for Civic Education: http://www.civiced.org/index.php
- CSPAN Classroom: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/
- Oyez Project - Supreme Court: https://www.oyez.org/
- Opper Project - Teaching through Political Cartoons: https://hti.osu.edu/opper
- Texas History
- Texas History Resources
- Texas History Resources II
- Texas History Study Guide I
- Texas History Study Guide II
- Texas History Timeline: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/texas-history-timeline
- Texas History Educational Resources: https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/educational-resources
- Humanities Texas has an extensive archive of primary sources and a series on Texas Originals https://www.humanitiestexas.org/
- U.S. History
- PBS Learning https://klrn.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/amex/
- The History Channel has a series of useful resources: https://www.history.com/topics
- Brief Biographies: http://spartacus-educational.com/
- Legends of America is primarily a travel site, but it has useful historical resources: https://www.legendsofamerica.com/
- Although it is prominently financed with ads, https://www.u-s-history.com/provides a useful chronology, maps, quizzes and clickable links that can boost your understanding of US history.
- Library of Congress – Teachers: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/index.html
- Digital History: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/
- Documenting the American South: https://docsouth.unc.edu/
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/
- Historical Thinking Matters: http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/
- National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/education
- Teaching History: https://teachinghistory.org/
- Best of History Websites: http://besthistorysites.net/
- Our Documents: https://www.ourdocuments.gov/
- The American West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/
- World History (for 7-12 candidates)
- Asia for Educators: http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/
- History World: http://www.historyworld.net/
- Japan Society: http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/
- Teaching About Religion: http://www.worldvieweducation.org/
- Visualizing Cultures: https://visualizingcultures.mit.edu/home/vis_menu_03.html
- Wide Angle Window into Global History: https://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/
- World Digital Libraries: https://www.wdl.org/en/
- World History Matters: http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/
- Core Subjects - Science (more available on YouTube)
- Texas educator Michael Hayes provides a series of videos preparing candidates for the science portion of the Core Subjects tests.
- Open-source instructional materials for economics, physics, biology, statistics, chemistry and pre-calculus are available through the Texas Education Agency.
- Easy Science for Kids provides kid-friendly science information between advertisements.
- Dr. Binocs has a series of kid-friendly science cartoons.
- National Geographic provides a substantial array of resources that you can use to prepare for the TexES or for teaching your students.
- Physics Girl has video explanations of many science concepts.
- Baylor College of Medicine hosts SuperSTAAR and BioEd Online, sources of science lessons.
- Teacher Michael Carothers provides an Energy Transformation Notes video.
- Look to http://www.eschooltoday.com/ for brief explanations of science and related subjects.
- The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Sciencenetlinks.com provides lessons for teachers that may help you.
- The Baylor College of Medicine's BioEd Online and SuperSTAAR provide resources for science teachers that may help you.
- Sciencing.com - https://sciencing.com has both answers and teacher resources.
- Math content area tutoring - contact the Math Department at 806-742-2566 or www.math.ttu.edu
- University of Houston provides preparation for 4-8 Mathematics or other mathematics tests. This is accessible through the eCommunity of Practice above.
- WTAMU's Virtual Math Lab may help you review mathematical concepts for a TExES exam.
English Language Arts/Reading
- Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing
- TPRI Resources - Kindergarten
- Helping Struggling Students
- Phonemic Awareness
- Early Literacy
- Reading Rockets YouTube Channel
- Balanced Literary Diet website
- Optional reading from Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read (3rd edition)
- Speech-Language Resources for Education Professionals provides a wealth of information on language and reading development and instruction.
- K12Reader is littered with advertisements, but it contains useful information on teaching reading.
- The Annenberg Foundation includes resources helpful for many content areas and grade levels, including this Teaching Reading K-2 explanation of the Essential Components of Literacy Development.
- BTLPT Video 1
- BTLPT Video 2
- T-Cert provides review materials and practice tests for BTLPT and the ESL Supplemental
- Book: Bilingual Education Supplemental (164): Key points to pass the test. Luis Montemayor.
- Book: TExES Bilingual Education Supplemental (164): Secrets study guide, also https://www.mometrix.com/academy/texes/bilingual-target-language-proficiency-test/, Mometrix Media.
- Book: TExES Bilingual Education Supplemental (164). Dr. Luis A. Rosado.
- Web: https://quizlet.com/20382366/bilingual-supplemental-164-flash-cards/
- Supreme Court Cases on Bilingual Education
- The Texas Music Educators Association Music Preparation/Review may help you with the EC-12 Music test.
- The UTSA Department of Music provides this Music EC-12 TExES Review
- Individualized Education Plan: http://texasprojectfirst.org/node/9
- Section 504: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/section-504-of-the-rehabilitation-act-of-1973-what-you-need-to-know
- Procedural Safeguards: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/modelform-safeguards.pdf
- Protecting Students with Disabilities: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html
- Learning Disabilities: https://ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/
- Sensory Processing Disorder: https://www.spdstar.org/basic/understanding-sensory-processing-disorder
- Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP): https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/treatments-approaches/early-intervention/ifsp-what-it-is-and-how-it-works
- Preschool for Children with Disabilities: https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en/education-schools/what-is-ppcd
- Epilepsy: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/seizure-first-aid-and-safety/first-aid-seizures-stay-safe-side
- Case Law: Hobson v Hansen, Board of Ed v. Rowley, Honig v. Doe, Mills v. Board of Ed,
Legal and Ethical Issues
- Law & Ethics for Educators
- Parental Rights & Access to Records