Entry level teachers in Texas must take and pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test. The computer exam is made to determine if the person has the knowledge and skill level to teach in Texas public schools. There are 100 selected response questions covering grade levels Early Childhood through Grade 12. You have five hours to complete the exam. If you are well prepared, you will not need that much time. There are no breaks during this exam, so be ready to take the whole test in one sitting!
The questions relate to four different domains: designing instruction and assessment to promote student learning; creating a positive, productive classroom environment; implementing effective, responsive instruction and assessment; and, fulfilling professional roles and responsibilities.
All incoming teachers have to take this exam in Texas. Plan ahead of time!
Follow these strategies to make taking the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam a more pleasurable experience.
Plan the night before the test for the following morning. Have a nutritious breakfast picked out for yourself, one that will not leave you feeling too full, but also will not have you starving an hour into the test. Arrive at the exam site a half an hour early. It might be confusing at the testing center, so give yourself some time to possibly get lost or fight the crowd of the other possible future teachers. Bring along your ID and your admission ticket. You do not want to be that person who forgot their admission ticket and now has to reschedule to take the test a month down the road.
When taking the exam, do not leave any questions blank. When scoring the test, all of the correct answers are counted. They are not counting up how many you missed. Therefore, it will do you no good to not answer a question.
This is a concepts exam, not a content one. You will not be asked specific questions relating to content areas. Instead, the questions will be more about proper procedure and professional behavior in and out of the classroom. Many of the questions may appear to be common sense questions. To better prepare for what will be in store for you on the exam, follow this link for the TExES study guide. It is better to read over the study guide the weeks leading up to the test rather than not being prepared and having to take the test over again down the road. We recommend using 240Tutoring’s EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Study Guide.
The exam questions will be one of three main types. The questions will be either a single answer, cluster, or stimulus based. The single answer questions will be the quickest ones to complete. The cluster questions will have a bunch of questions relating to a story or some other sort of data. Carefully read over the questions. Some will ask you to choose one correct answer, others will instruct you to choose ALL the correct answers, while a few will ask you which one does not belong.
Remember, this exam is asking you to recall correct concepts and procedures to use in your upcoming teaching career. It is an early childhood through high school exam. You have to determine the age level they are asking about in each individual question. You would not answer the same way if they are asking about the classroom environment in a second grade classroom or a sophomore classroom. Like mentioned earlier, many questions are common sense as long as you fully take the time to consider the answers presented.
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