TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (391) Practice Test

The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (391) exam is administered for those interested in becoming an entry-level educator within the Texas public school system, specifically for teaching children in early childhood through 6th grade.

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Exam Outline Review

The TExES Core Subjects exam is divided into the following tests:

  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education

exam outline for the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (391) exam, which contains 210 questions and has a time limit of 4 hours and 45 minutes

English Language Arts and Reading

This section makes up 21.5% of the TExES Core Subjects exam, with 45 questions. Candidates have 70 minutes to complete this subject test. The English Language Arts and Reading test assesses if a candidate is competent in the following areas:

  • Oral Language
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
  • Alphabetic Principle
  • Literacy Development and Practice
  • Word Analysis and Decoding
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Development of Written Communication
  • Writing Conventions
  • Assessment and Instruction of Developing Literacy
  • Research and Inquiry Skills
  • Viewing and Representing

Mathematics

The Mathematics test makes up 19% of the TExES Core Subjects exam, with 40 questions. Candidates have 70 minutes to complete this portion of the exam. The Mathematics test requires candidates to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Number Concepts
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Mathematical Processes
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Mathematical Learning and Instruction
  • Mathematical Assessment
  • Professional Development


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Social Studies

The Social Studies test is 19% of the TExES Core Subjects exam, with 40 questions. Candidates have 50 minutes to complete this portion of the assessment. The Social Studies test evaluates candidates’ skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Assessment of Comprehensive Knowledge
  • Integration of Various Disciplines
  • Assessment of Efficacy
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship
  • Culture
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Science

The Science test makes up 21.5% of the TExES Core Subjects exam, with 45 questions. Candidates have 55 minutes to complete this portion of the assessment. The Science test assesses candidates’ foundational knowledge and practices in the following areas:

  • Classroom Management
  • Equipment and Technology
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Theoretical and Practical Knowledge
  • Appropriate Assessment Practices
  • History and Nature of Science
  • Scientific Influence on Society
  • Knowledge of Physical Science
  • Knowledge of Life Science
  • Knowledge of Earth and Space Science
  • Knowledge of Common Concepts and Processes

Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education

The Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education test is 19% of the TExES Core Subjects exam, with 40 questions. Candidates have 35 minutes to complete this section of the assessment. The Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education test require candidates to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

Art
  • Development of Ideas
  • Techniques for Personal and Creative Expression
  • Student Appreciation of Art History and Diverse Cultures
  • Analyzing, Interpreting, and Evaluating Works of Art
  • Implementation of Age-appropriate Art Instruction
Music
  • Musical Perception and Performance
  • Ability to Sing and to Play a Musical Instrument
  • Music Notation
  • Creating and Arranging Music
  • Music History
  • Ability to Evaluate Compositions, Performances, and Experiences
  • Implementing Effective Music Instruction
  • Management and Discipline Strategies
  • Understanding Student Assessment
  • Professional Responsibilities and Interactions
Health
  • Relationship between Health and Behavior
  • Concepts and Purposes of Health Education
  • Effective School Health Instruction
  • Effects of School Health Instruction
Physical Education
  • Movement Skills
  • Principles of a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Creating and Managing a Productive Learning Environment
  • Knowledge of How Students Learn
  • Providing Equitable and Appropriate Instruction and Communication
  • Using Developmentally Appropriate Instruction and Communication
  • Using Formal and Informal Assessment
  • Evaluating the Effects of Your Actions
  • Collaboration
  • Legal Issues and Responsibilities
Theatre
  • Planning and Implementing Effective Theatre Instruction and Assessment
  • Creating, Utilizing, and/or Performing Dramatic Material
  • Producing and Directing
  • Design and Technical Theatre
  • Theatre from Different Cultures and Historical Periods
  • Interrelationship between Theatre and Other Disciplines

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Registration

To register for the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 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.

Test Day

On the day of the exam, you should arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled exam time. This gives you ample time to go through the check-in process. After 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 EC-6 (391) exam is computer-adaptive. Here’s a look at how it works:

A flowchart that shows the adaptive nature of the exam

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 in 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 260 will be more difficult than a question marked 160).

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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FAQs

How many questions are on the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam?

There are 210 questions in total on the exam.

How long is the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam?

The time limit for the exam is 5 hours.

How much does the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam cost?

The fee for the total exam is $116. If you wish to take a subject exam separately, the cost is $58.

What is a passing score for the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam?

The score range is 100-300, and 240 is the minimum passing score for each subject exam.

Can you use a calculator on the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam?

There will be an online scientific calculator, and you are specifically asked to not bring your own calculator.


By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.

 

by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: January 13, 2023