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TExES is an exam series that tests teacher readiness in the state of Texas. Exams cover many topics across elementary, middle, and high school education. The following article discusses the structure of TExES exams. We will answer your questions on the types of questions featured on the TExES, including the number of questions, essay questions, and CRQs, and provide the best resources for making a successful score.

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How many questions are on the TExES?

The number of questions varies across different TExES exams. In general, subject exams like Health Science 6-12, Chemistry 7-12, and Art EC-12 have about 100 questions, and supplemental exams like the ESL Supplemental and Special Education Supplemental have 80 to 100 questions. Exams on Core Subject EC-6 and 4-8 are made up of subject exams with 200 to 300 total questions. You can find more information on the number of questions for specific TExES exams here. The core subject exam breakdowns are summarized below.

Core Subjects EC-6 has five subject exams:

*Note: The EC-6 test structure will change in January 2021 and some content currently covered in EC-6 ELAR will move to the new Science of Teaching Reading exam.

Core Subjects 4-8 has four subject exams:

What kinds of questions are on the TExES?

Familiarizing yourself with the kinds of questions that you will see on TExES is a great way to prepare for the exam! In most cases you will be asked to respond to a single question or statement, but on some questions you will be required to interact with data by analyzing a table, graph, or reading passage. Finally, since the test is computer-based, you may also get questions that reference audio or video clips.

TExES includes both selected-response and constructed-response question types. Selected-response questions are multiple-choice and can be stand-alone questions or clustered into groups. Most often you will select an answer by clicking an oval next to the correct choice, but you could also be asked to select all that apply, type into a box, click checkboxes, click parts of a graphic or text passage, drag and drop, or select from a drop-down menu.

Constructed-response questions (CRQs) ask you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge on a topic through essays, problem-solving, and oral response. CRQs do not appear on all TExES exams. To find out if your exam includes CRQs, search to find your exam and check the “Format” section.

For all question types, make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before answering.

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Are there any essay questions on the TExES?

Currently, most TExES exams contain only selected-response questions, but some subjects require both selected-response and essay, or constructed-response, questions. Note that beginning in 2021, more TExES exams will include CRQs (essays). The following exams currently have CRQ components. If your test is not on the list below, you can look up the specific requirements here.

Confused about which TExES exam you need to take? This resource can help you out!

What are the best resources for studying for the TExES?

The best way to ensure you get a passing score on TExES is by developing a study plan and sticking to it! Luckily, there are lots of resources for studying for the TExES. 240 Tutoring provides access to test information, engaging study guides, and practice problems on topics that you are most likely to encounter on the actual test. You can find study materials designed for your specific test whether you are preparing for CORE or subject exams. Resources including exam guides, example score reports, and practice tests are also available at the TExES website.

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