TExES Core Subjects 4-8 Practice Test (211)
Teachers instructing students in core subjects in grades 4-8 have a very important duty. These subjects serve as the foundation for future learning. But how do you know if a teacher has the right skill set to teach these core courses? In Texas, teachers take the Texas Examinations for Educator Standards Core Subjects 4-8 test.
The test (TExES for short) ensures beginning teachers have the knowledge they need to teach these important subjects. The test has four main categories that we’ll go over in detail below. After reading this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect. We’ll also give you information on two helpful tools to help you pass the test.
What are the four subjects on the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 test?
The test covers four main subject areas. This first is English Language Arts and Reading. The other three are Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Each of the areas have several competency categories. To become certified, candidates must pass all areas of the test.
How many questions are on the test? How long do I have to complete it?
There are 200 questions on test, which may contain questions that don’t count toward your final score. The total test time is 4 hours, 40 minutes. Each test area (called a domain) has a certain number of questions and a time limit, as noted below:
- English Language Arts and Reading: 74 questions. 1 hour, 55 minutes test time
- Mathematics: 42 questions. 1 hour, 55 minutes
- Social Studies. 42 questions, with a test time of 50 minutes
- Science: 42 questions, with 50 minutes of test time
What do each of the test areas cover?
Here are the four subject areas, each covered in more detail here:
English Language Arts and Reading. This content area has nine competencies, and they are:
- 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. This section has 19 different competencies that test math skills and knowledge in several areas. You’ll find a sampling of those competencies below:
- Numbers: Number systems, operations and computational algorithms, and theory</li
- Linear and non-linear functions
- The conceptual foundations of calculus
- Algebra and geometry
- The theory of probability
- Mathematical reasoning and problem-solving
Social studies: This category has seven competencies, and they are:
- Government and Citizenship
- Culture; Science, Technology and Society
- Social studies foundations and skills
- Social studies instruction and assessment
Science. This has more competencies (21) than any other subject area and includes a wide-range of science subject. Among the categories:
- Forces and motion and their relationships
- The physical properties of, and changes, in matter
- Energy transformations and the conservation of matter and energy
- Structure and function of living things
- Relationships between organisms and the environment
- Cycles in Earth systems
- How to teach science and how students learn about science
- The solar system and the universe
Is there a fee to take the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 test?
Yes. There is a $131 test fee. The test is offered on a continual basis, but candidates must sign up at least two days before the test is administered.
What can I expect on test day? What time should I arrive? What can I bring to the test center?
Make sure you get to the test center before your test time (the assigned time). If you arrive after your assigned time, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fees.
When you arrive, please make sure you bring your admission ticket. You’ll also need to bring a government-issued identification, like a passport or driver’s license. It’s always best to bring a second form of identification, as TExES recommends. Remember, the name on your admission ticket must exactly match the name on your identification.
How long will it take me to get my test score? What if I fail the test?
Candidates should receive their test score within seven days. If a candidate fails one to three areas of the test, they can retake one or more subject tests after waiting 45 days from their test date. You can retake the test up to four times.
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