All You Need To Know About:
A guide to pass your content exam and be eligible to start
your internship to become a Certified Teacher.
Created by INSPIRE TEXAS by Region 4
At INSPIRE TEXAS, our main goal is to prepare
confident educators who inspire children in Texas to
develop their potential.
Each course is designed with the Educator Standards
set forth by the State of Texas.
We have partnered with CertifyTeacher.com to
provide quality test preparation and practice for your
TExES Content Exams.
How does INSPIRE TEXAS prepare
you for your content exams?
The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that
oversees primary and secondary public education.
This site has a wealth of information ranging from
curriculum, teacher certification, and information
about schools and school districts.
Here you will find the TEKS (Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills). These are the building blocks
of what your students will need to be taught. You
can find your TEKS by grade level here:
TEA-Texas Education Agency
ETS is the website where you will register for your
content exam. You can also find test preparation
material and access your scores.
The TExES tests are criterion-referenced
examinations designed to measure a candidate's
knowledge in relation to an established criterion
rather than to the performance of other candidates.
ETS- Education Testing Service
INSPIRE Texas by R4 is providing you with TExES
Content Exam preparation through Certify Teacher at
no cost for you.
With the most current core standards and testing
technology for educator certification.
Certify Teacher will provide you with a login and
To login go to:
Practice Software for Educator Certification
By now, you should have received your login and
password information from Certifyteacher.com
This information will come from
Certified Teacher Log-in
Since Certify Teacher does not offer a practice test for
all areas of certification, please check the list below to
look for your corresponding test.
If your area of certification is included in the list, then
the next slides apply to you. if your area of certification
is not include here, please skip the certify teacher slide,
and go to the slide containing the information for the
preparation materials offered by ETS.
Please check the list below to look for your
area of certification practice exam.
ELAR /SS 4-8
TECH APP 8-12
TECH APP EC-12
Bilingual Education Supplemental
Core Subject 4-8
Core Subjects EC-6
ELAR & the SC of Teaching Reading EC-6
Social Studies EC-6
Fine Arts, Health and PE EC-6
In Module 5 of ELAR, you will be expected to use Certify Teacher to
prepare for your content exam.
This should take around 10-12 hours of your time during this week.
Take your time and use all of the GREAT features.
• Study Mode
• Exam Mode
• Performance Analysis
• Study Plan
• Build Quizzes
• Exam History
• Test-taking Tips
• Questions Reviewed by Category or Competency
• Full and Detailed Explanation for all answers - right and wrong
• The option to test and retest with different question sets
• Large bank of questions
• Automatic Pass/Fail feedback
When you complete the practice test, please write a
reflection about your practice exam results and formulate a
study plan as you continue to prepare for your content exam.
Module 5 ELAR
If your content area is not represented by Certify
Teacher, you will find your practice exam on
Here you can access tutorials, Tests at a Glance,
Preparation Manuals, Test Familiarization Videos,
Interactive Practice Tests, Strategies and Tips, and
Locate your desired content exam, print and
complete the practice content exam. This will allow
you to complete ELAR Module 5.
What if my certification area is not
offered by CertifyTeacher.com?
Beginning September 1, 2015, candidates will be
limited to five attempts to take a certification test.
The five attempts include the first attempt to pass
the examination and four retakes. For more
information, please see the
Educator Certification Examination Retake FAQs
Exam Retake Limit
INSPIRE Texas by Region 4 requires all students to
register for their content exam end of Foundations of
If you are not sure which content exam you need to
take please contact Monica Smith, admissions
coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please plan accordingly as each exam has a fee.
What do I do if I don’t pass my TExES Certification Exam the 1st time?
Continue practicing in Certify Teacher. Contact Dr. Hayden
McWhorter (email@example.com) and ‘cc’ Monica Smith
(firstname.lastname@example.org) to request your Certify Teacher Extension.
For additional test practice materials, you can request access to 240
Tutoring (https://www.240tutoring.com/). Contact Dr. Hayden
McWhorter (email@example.com ) for this access. A $50
dollar fee will be added to your INSPIRE Texas Account.
Candidates will have access to all course materials for 3 years after
pre-service training. Please review course materials as you prepare
for your retest, especially English Language Arts and the concepts in
the Math/Science/Social Studies Reviews.
What if I don’t pass my TExES
Certification Exam the First Time?
In the event you missed two or more sections of the TExES test you will register for the
whole test again, and skip the sections you have already pass and ONLY take the
This will prevent you from wasting an attempt if taking the missing sections separately.
A candidate took the Core Subjects EC-6 (291) and obtained the following results:
English Language Arts and Reading and the Science of Teaching Reading – passed
Math – failed
Science – failed
Social Studies – passed
Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education – passed
Additional Information TExES Exam: For Core Subjects EC-
6 and 4-8 Test Takers ONLY
In the above scenario, only three sections of the test were passed, that means
that the candidate will need to retake two sections (math and science). The
candidate will register for the Core Subjects EC-6 (291) or Core Subjects 4-8 (211).
When taking the test the candidate will skip the English language arts and
answer the Math and Science, then will skip the Social studies, fine arts, health
and physical education, then SUBMIT your test.
This attempt will count just as one attempt instead of two separated ones if you
had taken math and science separately.
For more scenarios please carefully read the chart below.
Note: ONLY for Core Subjects EC-6