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Are you looking for information about the 4x Waiver request for TExES exams? This is designed to give you a step-by-step overview of the process and how to go about obtaining a waiver to retake a TExES exam.
What is a TExES Waiver Request?
A person cannot take retake a TExES exam more than 4 times without a waiver from the state of Texas. That means if a person fails a TExES exam 5 times, they cannot attempt a 6th attempt without a waiver from the state of Texas.
What is the 4x Waiver
The 4x Waiver request form is a form created by the TEA to formally request permission for a 6th attempt (or 5th retake) of a TExES exam. The waiver must be submitted 45 days after the most recent failure.
To be considered for approval for a 6th attempt (or 5th retake) you must complete 50-200 clock hours of educational activities.
How Many Hours do I need?
To determine how many hours you need to complete, download the Texas Average CSEM document. Take your HIGHEST score to date on the exam and identify how many CSEM you are away from passing.
The number of educational activity hours depends on your HIGHEST score to date. Below is the number of hours needed based upon your HIGHEST score.
Example: John Doe failed the CORE Subjects EC-6 Social Studies for the fifth time on March 1, 2016. John’s third attempt of 220 was his highest score to date. John downloads the Texas Average CSEM document and finds that a score of 220 is within 2 CSEM of passing. Because John’s highest score is within 2 CSEM of passing, John needs to complete 100 hours of educational activities BEFORE applying for the 4x Waiver from TEA.
1) Gather all 5 score reports
2) Identify how many educational activity hours you need for the waiver
3) Identify deficit competencies (only for the exam or subtest you need a waiver for)
4) Find appropriate, approved options for educational activities
5) Contact each provider of the educational activity for information and confirmation of activity dates, times, and educational hours provided
6) Complete educational activity
7) Complete 4x Waiver by TEA and submit the waiver no earlier than 45 days after your most recent attempt
According to the TEA:
An educational activity would be provided by an approved EPP or an approved continuing professional education (CPE) provider or sponsor. Approved CPEs currently include all accredited institutions of higher education, education service centers, Texas public school districts, accredited private schools, and non-profit organizations that have offered professional development in Texas for at least five years. Approved CPEs also currently include private entities and individuals who have been approved by TEA staff to offer CPE activities. An educational activity would need to be directly related to the knowledge and skill competencies in which the candidate answered less than 70 percent of questions correctly on the past five examinations. A competency is a grouping of knowledge and skills on a certification examination that defines what an entry-level educator in Texas public schools should know and be able to do. To provide consistency among candidates when identifying deficit competencies, a candidate would add the number of questions answered correctly in each competency on each of the five most recent examinations, add the number of questions asked for each competency on each of the five most recent examinations, and then, for each examination, divide the total number of questions answered correctly by the total number of questions asked. If a candidate did not correctly answer 70 percent of the questions in a competency across the past five examinations, the candidate would identify the competency as a deficit area that should be addressed by an educational activity.
One semester credit hour earned at an accredited institution of higher education would be equivalent to 15 clock-hours. The candidate must have completed and passed all required clock-hours prior to submitting a waiver request. Clock-hours completed before the most recent examination attempt or after a request for a waiver is submitted would not count toward meeting the educational activity required to show good cause for a waiver.
TRANSLATION: To get the required number of educational activity hours, you must participate in an EPP, CPE Provider activity, or take a college class.
On the 4x Waiver you will be required to identify your deficit areas of knowledge. To identify a deficit:
Educational activities must target competencies deemed “deficit”.
240Tutoring is a CPE provider of online study guides for the TExES exams (CPE #: 901-925). Candidates can use 240Tutoring study guides to obtain “Educational Activity Hours” towards their 4x Waiver application. To utilize 240Tutoring CPE study guides:
Each subtest study guide can be counted as 25 hours of educational activity.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 240Tutoring CPE credit only applies to the study guide purchased. 240Tutoring CPE hours for one study guide cannot be applied to another test. For example: The CPE hours for the 4-8 Social Studies study guide cannot be used for CPE hours towards a CORE Subjects EC-6: Social Studies 4x waiver.
Online professional development classes that can be used for CPE credits.
http://www.ecapteach.com/store/ (Click Professional Development near bottom of page)
CPE for mathematics, this is an online option. See the link for credit details and registration instructions.
Reviews for the TExES exams. These are online and vary in the number of hours. Prices range from $75 to $475.
In person reviews. $100 per 6 hours of credit.
The TExES tests are part of the teacher certification process. To succeed on the TExES, teacher candidates must demonstrate a foundational understanding of content and professional knowledge required as a beginner teacher in Texas public schools.
The TExES Educator Standards are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). They were developed with input from educators, public and charter schools, university certification programs, and educational experts.
The TExES is used throughout the state of Texas. Teacher candidates in a university certification program or alternative certification program must pass the TExES in order to become certified. Teacher candidates certified in other states must also complete TExES certification exams in order to become licensed in Texas.
When can a candidate take the TExES?
Candidates can take the TExES after receiving approval from their EPP or from the TEA.
Candidates can also take the exam as a Pre-Admission Content Test. Find out more about the PACT exam.
The testing timeline will vary for candidates depending on the approved Education Preparation Program (EPP) in which they are enrolled. For specific guidance, see below.
The structure of the TExES exam varies by assessment. With the exception of the Braille assessment, all exams are Computer Administered Tests (CAT). Each TExES exam usually consists of 90-150 multiple-choice questions. Some tests also include constructed response questions or other open-ended questions. Most TExES exams are five hours and consist of either one or two sessions depending on the exam.
The TExES Classroom Certification CAT Tests assess specific content knowledge in a variety of subjects and content areas. Classroom Certification Tests range between 35-111 minutes long, and consist of multiple-choice questions. Some exams may include constructed response or numerical entry questions as well. For a complete list of Classroom Certification tests and specific information about each one, see the TExES test at-a-glance guide.
TExES Tests for Certifications Other than Classroom Teacher assess the skills and knowledge required to fill a non-classroom support or administrative position. As with classroom assessments, candidates must receive approval from their EPP prior to registering for the exam. Non-classroom exams include the following:
TExES Tests for Certifications with Specific Skill and Experience Requirement CAT Tests are designed to assess the knowledge and skills of professionals seeking teacher certification. Candidates must receive approval from their EPP or, if not enrolled, from the district prior to testing. See the TEA’s career and technical education page for more information about the prerequisites and certification information for these tests. Subject areas include:
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12 (270)
Beginning to prepare for the TExES exam starts with understanding the test you need to take and the timeline for your preparation and testing dates.
It is important to develop a study plan as part of your preparation for the TExES assessments. Each test contains many content areas, skills, and question types with which examinees should be familiar. The amount of time an examinee should spend studying will depend on their familiarity with the content and skills assessed.
For example, a candidate pursuing a job teaching high school science may be required to pass both the Biology and Chemistry subject assessments. Depending on his or her coursework, the candidate may be more familiar with one content area than another and will need to spend different amounts of time preparing for each.
A general study plan should include the following:
After creating your study plan, you need to begin studying! Using 240Tutoring’s preparation guides, you can begin learning more about the content and types of questions on each exam and completing practice questions using testing strategies.
By identifying patterns in your performance, you can adapt your study plan to hone in on the areas in which you need to improve most.
For incorrect answers, be sure to read the answer explanation. You will see why each answer choice is correct or incorrect, and may notice details about the questions and answer choices that you did not notice in your first attempt. Reading explanations of incorrect answers ensures that you learn from your mistakes as you progress.
What to Expect on Test Day
Your preparation plan does not end with studying—you should also have a test-day plan. This includes strategies such as taking a few days off from studying before the exam, taking care of yourself physically leading up to the exam, and looking up maps and directions in advance to ensure you arrive early to your site. You should also consider strategies to reduce test anxiety to be sure that your hard work and preparation are not overshadowed by nerves on test day.
You must arrive prior to the reporting time listed on your admission ticket. If you arrive after the reporting time, you will not be admitted and will not receive a refund. You should allow plenty of time to arrive before the designated time, and should prepare by checking weather and traffic conditions in advance.
Prepare all materials the night before the test to ensure they are in an easily accessible place. You should bring:
Online calculators are included in the testing software, so there is no need to bring your own.
For more information about what you may or may not bring to the test center, see the ETS guidelines for test day.
By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.
If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:
Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!
At the end of a CAT, you have the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores to a certification institution, you will not be able to cancel them at any point and they will become an official part of your record. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will be unable to report your scores and they will never be reinstated to your testing record. Cancellation does not result in a refund.
Except for extreme circumstances, such as severe physical illness or overwhelming anxiety, it is not recommended that you cancel your scores.
Official Score Reports
Score reports are made available by 5 p.m. CST on the score reporting date. Scores are automatically made available to the TEA and to your EPP upon completion, so there are no additional actions required to submit your scores to licensing institutions.
The minimum passing score on all TExES exams is 240. This represents the minimum competency required for beginner teachers.
Understand Your Scores
You will receive an official score report after your testing date. Your score report explains your score and whether you passed or failed. Test results are reported using a scaled score in the range of 100-300. The minimum passing score is 240.
Results for the Core Subject Tests (4-8 or EC-6) are reported using a scaled score, but the overall exam is scored as pass/fail. You must receive a passing score for each individual subject area in order to pass the overall tests.
Your total scaled score shows how you performed on the test as a whole. You can compare your performance on different versions of each test on the same score report so you can understand whether you have improved over time.
For additional help interpreting your scores, see this guide.
Retaking the Exam
In the event that you do not earn a passing score, you may retake the test to attempt it again. You must wait 45 days to retake any exam or part of an exam. In order to retake the exam, you need to re-register for the exam, so do so as quickly as possible. Take action immediately to be sure you meet your certification deadlines!
See the Out-of-State Certified Educators page for additional information.
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