TExES School Counselor Practice Test (252)
The TExES School Counselor exam will assess whether a candidate has the knowledge and skills required for an entry-level educator in Texas public schools, elementary through high school grades. You must have approval from your Educator Preparation Program (EPP) to take the School Counselor test.
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The exam is a five-hour computer-administered test (CAT) which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions will be formed in either single-question format or clustered question format and will come from three domains:
- Understanding Students – 30%
- Planning and Implementing the Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program – 40%
- Collaboration, Consultation, and Professionalism – 30%
The exam questions will test your ability to recall factual information, think critically about the information presented, analyze that information, compare presented situations with your knowledge, and/or make a judgment about it.
Registration, cost, dates and delivery methods
There are three ways to register for the exam. You can register online, by phone, or by mail. Regardless of the registration method, the exam cost is $131.00 and paid via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or debit card with one of the previously listed card logos. Cash and checks are not accepted. Testing dates are set up in testing windows. You will first select your testing center within your chosen window and then the date and time for the exam.
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Print the admission ticket that you’ll receive in your online account. The testing facility address and exam time will be on your ticket. On the day of your exam, you must arrive before the reporting time listed on your admission ticket. If you arrive after the appointed time, you will not be allowed in, and you will not receive a refund.
At the testing facility, you will present your admission ticket, and a valid form of identification that has your photo, signature, and name. The ID must be valid, the signature and photo viewable, and it must match your registration name exactly. There may be additional verification steps such as biometric voice, finger/thumb printing, video recording, and signature comparison. If you wear glasses, you may be asked to remove them for visual inspection.
You cannot bring anything in with you to the testing facility except ID documents, including backpacks, phones, watches, jewelry (wedding/engagement ring and small earrings excepted), and electronic devices used for recording, listening, scanning or photographing. You may not access any personal item during breaks. The test administrator reserves the right to visually inspect clothing (neckties, bow-ties, cuff links, hats, jackets, etc.) and hair accessories. All test centers have secure storage for personal belongings. The testing facility and staff assume no responsibility for your belongings. Should you fail to follow the instructions of the test center staff, you will not be permitted to test, and your fees will be forfeited.
After your ID is verified, and appropriate forms completed, the test proctor will take you to your station, and you will have 30 minutes to become familiar with the computer functions. The proctor will provide you with scratch paper and a pencil. You are not allowed to bring in paper or writing utensils. If you have any questions, need more scratch paper or have to use the restroom, raise your hand, and the test proctor will come to you.
Once you enter the testing center and take your seat, you are not allowed to talk to any other test taker. Failure to follow the test center rules could result in the cancellation of your test and your registration fee forfeited.
Exam results and scoring
Your score report will be available on your testing account within seven days of the last testing date in your testing window. Your results are a score in the range of 100-300 with 240 required to pass. The exam is scored based on the number of questions answered correctly with no points deducted for incorrect responses.
Your scores are automatically reported to Texas Education Agency (TEA) and your EPP. You will not receive a report of your scores in the mail. You will need to print your score report from your online account for your records.
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