The TExES Core Subjects 4-8 (211) exam is administered for those interested in becoming an entry-level educator within the Texas public school system, specifically for teaching children in grades 4-6.
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TExES Core Subjects 4-8 Exam Outline
The TExES Core Subjects exam is divided into the following tests:
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Social Studies
English Language Arts and Reading (74 questions)
The English Language Arts and Reading test, which is timed at 1 hour and 55 minutes, assesses competency in the following areas:
- Oral Language
- Early Literacy Development
- Word Identification Skills and Reading Fluency
- Reading Comprehension and Assessment
- Reading Applications
- Written Language – Writing Conventions
- Written Language – Composition
- Viewing and Representing
- Study and Inquiry Skills
Mathematics (42 questions)
The Mathematics test, which is timed at 1 hour and 5 minutes, assesses competency in the following areas:
- Number Systems
- Number Operations
- Computational Algorithms
- Number Theory
- Modeling and Solving Problems
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Pattern Analysis
- Linear Functions
- Nonlinear Functions
- Conceptual Foundations of Calculus
- Measurement as a Process
- Geometric Relationships
- Euclidean Geometry
- Properties of Two-dimensional Figures
- Properties of Three-dimensional Figures
- Cartesian Coordinate System
- Graphical and Numerical Techniques
- Theory of Probability
- Statistical Inference
- Children’s Mathematical Skill Development
- Planning and Implementing Instruction
- Formal and Informal Assessments
Social Studies (42 questions)
The Social Studies test, which is timed at 50 minutes, assesses competency in the following areas:
- Social Studies Foundations and Skills
- Social Studies Instruction and Assessment
Science (42 questions)
The Science test, which is timed at 50 minutes, assesses competency in the following areas:
- Management of Learning Activities
- Correct Use of Tools and Technology
- Scientific Inquiry
- History and Nature of Science
- Impact of Science
- Unifying Science Concepts and Processes
- Forces and Motion
- Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
- Physical and Chemical Changes in Matter
- Energy Transformations
- Conservation of Matter and Energy
- Structure and Function of Living Things
- Mechanisms of Heredity
- Adaptations of Organisms
- Theory of Evolution
- Regulatory Mechanisms
- Structure and Function of Earth Systems
- Earth System Cycles
- Role of Energy in Weather and Climate
- Characteristics of the Solar System
- Characteristics of the Universe
- History of the Earth System
- Teaching Science
- Valid and Appropriate Assessment Practices
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TExES Core Subjects 4-8 Exam Registration
To register for the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam, you must first create an online NES account. Once you have created your account, you can register for the exam and schedule an exam date.
If you schedule to take all sections of the exam at the same time, you will need to pay an examination fee of $116. If you schedule to take only some of the sections of the exam, you must pay a $58 examination fee for each section you take.
You should arrive at the testing center 15-30 minutes earlier than the scheduled exam time. This gives you plenty of time to go through the check-in process.
Once you arrive and have presented a valid form of photo ID, you will be asked to leave all prohibited items in a locker outside the testing area. This includes your phone, bag/purse, hat, weapons, food, and any smoking/vaping devices.
Once you enter the testing room, you will be given a brief tutorial on the computer-adaptive testing system, and you will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Once you complete the tutorial and sign the NDA, your exam will begin.
You will be able to take restroom breaks during the exam, but the timer will not be stopped while you are away.
How the Exam is Scored
The TExES Core Subjects 4-8 (211) exam is computer-adaptive. Here’s a look at how it works:
The first question is judged to be of medium difficulty, and depending on your performance, the next question may be easier or harder. If you do well on the first question, the second question will be harder; conversely, if you do poorly on the first question, the second question will be easy.
The questions on this exam are rated on a scale of 100-300. The higher a question is rated, the harder the question is (e.g., a question marked as 250 will be more difficult than a question marked 150).
To pass the exam, your final question must be on or above the 240 mark. If your final question is below this mark, you will not pass the exam, even if you have answered some questions above the 240 mark at some point during the exam. This is because the computer has rated the difficulty of your final question based on how you answered the previous questions.
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How many questions are on the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam?
There are 200 selected-reponse questions on the exam.
How long is the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam?
The time limit for the exam is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
What is the passing score for the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 240 on each test.
How much does the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam cost?
The examination fee is $58 for each test taken separately, or $116 for the total exam.