The STR is a new certification exam starting January 2021. It is for teacher candidates who are seeking elementary or middle school certification in Texas. The STR tests your knowledge and understanding of reading pedagogy and the skills related to reading development.
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The STR is a computer-based test with 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question. You will have four hours and 45 minutes to complete the entire exam. There are no subtests in the STR exam but it does cover information from the four different domains discussed in this study guide.
Since the STR is a new exam, a passing score has not been established yet. This means that there will be an interim period during which test-takers will receive a “pass/fail” status until a passing scaled score is determined. Most of the current TExES exams have a passing score of 240, with a score range of 100-300.
Study time will vary for each individual test taker, but keep in mind that there are many different concepts covered in the STR exam. You will likely need to start studying several weeks before your exam. Start by taking our free diagnostic test. This will help you determine the concepts that you’ll need to spend the most time studying. Next, create a study plan that ensures you will have enough time to cover all of the material.
What test takers wish they’d known:
- Any personal items (including purses, watches, and cell phones) will be stored in a locker outside of the testing room, so keep the number of items you bring to a minimum.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, it is better to guess than to leave the question unanswered.
- Keep an eye on the time. There are no subtests in the STR, so you’ll need to manage your time wisely in order to complete all the questions.
- 240 Tutoring offers free preparation videos for the STR!
Information obtained from the TExES website.