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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.

  • 1 CSM : 50 hours
  • 2 CSM : 100 hours
  • 3 CSM : 150 hours
  • 4+ CSM : 200 hours

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.

 4x Waiver Process: Step-by-Step

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

How to Get Educational Activity Hours

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.

Identify Deficient Areas

On the 4x Waiver you will be required to identify your deficit areas of knowledge. To identify a deficit:

  1. Gather all 5 score reports from previous exams
  2. Add up the total number of questions answered CORRECTLY for each competency
  3. Add up the total number of questions ATTEMPTED in each competency
  4. Divide the number of questions answered CORRECTLY by the number of questions ATTEMPTED to get the PERCENTAGE ANSWERED CORRECT
  5. Any area where the percentage answered correct is less than 70% is considered a deficit area.

Educational activities must target competencies deemed “deficit”.

How does 240Tutoring Help/Work?

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:

  1. Choose a study guide from the list below
  2. Use the Promo Code “CPE” when enrolling
  3. Upon successfully enrolling, email 240Tutoring to let us know you have enrolled in a study guide for the 4x Waiver educational activity hours.
  4. Once you have successfully completed a 240Tutoring study guide, we will provide a Certificate of Completion to testify to the educational activity completed.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: “Successful Completion” of a 240Tutoring study guide is deemed as having a Cumulative Score greater than 80%, answering every question at least one time, and downloading all instructional content in the study guide.

240Tutoring Educational Activities

CORE Subjects 4-8 (25 Hrs / $39.99 ea.)

Each subtest study guide can be counted as 25 hours of educational activity.

(806) English Language Arts and Reading Subtest

(807) Mathematics Subtest

(808) Social Studies Subtest

(809) Science Subtest

PPR & Supplementals (25 Hrs / $79.99 ea.)

Each study guide can be counted as 25 hours of educational activity.

Bilingual Education Supplemental

ESL Supplemental EC-12


Special Education EC-12

Special Education Supplemental

4-8 Exams (25 Hrs / $39.99 ea.)

Each study guide can be counted as 25 hours of educational activity.

4-8 English Language Arts

4-8 Mathematics

4-8 Science

4-8 Social Studies

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.

Other CPE Providers and Activities

E-Cap : Online – $

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Online professional development classes that can be used for CPE credits. (Click Professional Development near bottom of page)

Texas Math Support (Only Math) : Online – Free

See Details about Texas Math Support

CPE for mathematics, this is an online option. See the link for credit details and registration instructions.

Region 13 : Online – $$$

See Details about Region 13 CPE

Reviews for the TExES exams. These are online and vary in the number of hours. Prices range from $75 to $475.

Region 10 : In Person – $$$

TExES Exam Information


What is the TExES?

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.

Who should take the TExES tests?

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.

When should a candidate take the TExES?

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.

  • Candidates pursuing an education degree from a college or university should consult with their program to determine the best time to take the exam. Unlike other certification exams, candidates must be approved to take the exam by their EPP prior to registration. Approval is based on completed coursework and program performance. Once approval is gained, candidates may register.
  • Candidates pursuing an alternative certification program should consult with their program to determine the best time to take the exam. As with university EPPs, alternative certification programs must grant approval to testing candidates before they can register for an exam.
  • Out-of-State educators must submit their credentials to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for review. Once reviewed, candidates will be approved for testing and will receive guidance on which exams they must complete. See the Out-of-State Certified Educators page for additional information.

Preparing for the TExES

Structure of the Exam

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 Core Subjects CAT Tests assess content knowledge in the core subjects: mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies, fine arts, and physical education. Examinees must take the combined test, which includes all subject areas and is 4 hours and 40 minutes. Examinees must take the combined test on their first attempt. If examinees do not pass a specific subject test within the combined exam, they may retake isolated portions of the exam at a later date.
    • Early Childhood-Grade 6 Core Subject Tests assess the core content knowledge and skills required to teach in early childhood through upper elementary school classrooms.
    • Grades 4-8 Core Subject Tests assess the core content knowledge and skills required to teach in upper elementary through middle school classrooms.

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:

  • Educational Diagnostician (153)
  • Principal (068)
  • Reading Specialist (151)
  • School Counselor (152)
  • School Librarian (150)
  • Superintendent (195)

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:

  • Health Science 6-12 (273)
  • Health Sciences Technology 8-12 (173)
  • Marketing Education 6-12 (275)
  • Marketing Education 8-12 (175)

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12 (270)

Beginning to Prepare for the TExES

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.

  • Create an account through the TEA. You may not register for a test or seek testing approval without an account. Your account and profile must match all information on your State ID. Create yours here.
  • Identify which test you need to take prior to beginning your study plan. Check with your EPP to identify the tests you are required to pass in order to gain certification.
  • Select a testing session from the registration bulletin page that fits within your timeline and calendar. You cannot take the same test twice on the same day, and some test centers do not offer sessions in both the morning and afternoon. Once you select your session, you will be unable to modify it on the day of the test, so read all session and center information carefully.
  • Register for the test through ETS online or by phone. Once you are registered and know your timeline, you can work backward to create a study plan that fits within your preparation window.

Develop a Study Plan

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:

  • Practice or diagnostic test: decide on a time to take a practice test to determine your current level of familiarity with the content and to see which areas you should prioritize in your study plan. For more information, see this post on the blog!
  • Prioritization of content or skills: based on the results of your diagnostic test, you will see the content areas or skills in which you are strongest and weakest. Your study plan should prioritize the skills, types of questions, or content areas in which you are weakest.
  • Schedule: only you can know how much time you should spend studying, but no matter how much time is required, you should create a schedule to help your plan stay on track. You may choose to study one hour a day for five days a week, or five hours a day for one day a week. The most important part of your schedule is consistency. It is easy to fall behind as distractions and other events come up, but maintaining a regular schedule will help you work around unexpected interruptions to your plan.
  • Study materials: determine which study materials you will use to prepare for the test. In addition to 240Tutoring’s study guides, you can also find sample questions on the TExES website.
  • Accountability: determine how you will hold yourself accountable to your plan. You may choose to keep a study log, to mark off study sessions on a calendar, or to set electronic reminders on a phone or device. Another technique that can be helpful when holding yourself accountable to goals is to share your plan with someone else. Consider peers or classmates who may also be preparing for exams, and make time to study together or check in with one another about progress. Consider family or friends with whom you can share your plan so that they can check in with you about your progress. The key is to build multiple levels of accountability into your study plan to ensure success!


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.

  • Read test overviews and descriptions. Completing practice questions without guidance will not help you improve. Read the introductory information in each tutoring guide, including the overview for each content area. By understanding the content assessed in each section, you will have a more informed understanding of how to approach each question.
  • Learn about question types. Understanding the types of question on each assessment is essential to preparation strategies and time management strategies during the test. Each question type requires a different approach and method of preparation.
    • For multiple-choice questions, you will need to understand content very thoroughly in order to answer questions correctly. Your strategies should include eliminating wrong answer choices, skipping over but returning to the most challenging questions, and making educated guesses when possible.
    • For constructed-response questions, you will need to understand content knowledge, be able to analyze documents or problems in the moment, and explain your thinking in a clear, concise way. Your strategies should include planning, drafting, revising, and using key words.
  • Complete practice questions with a timer. After you understand the content and question types you will face on your exam, you should then begin completing practice questions. When practicing, use a timer. Practicing without a timer can be detrimental on test day—if you are not accustomed to the time limits and do not have a sense of how much time to spend on each question, you could easily run out of time on test day. Set a timer for each section of the test that aligns with the allotted amount of time for the official test. Even if you do not finish your practice questions within that amount of time at first, you will see whether you are spending too little or too much time on each part.
  • Check your answers and read explanations. After each practice test or section, check your answers against the key. Do not simply mark the number of questions you answered correctly or incorrectly, but analyze your performance by looking for patterns. Ask yourself:
    • Are there content-areas in which I consistently do well?
    • Are there content-areas in which I consistently struggle?
    • Do I answer more questions correctly at the beginning, middle, or end of a test/section?
    • Are there many questions on which I need to guess?

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.

 Need help preparing for the TExES?  Find your TExES Study Guide!

Test Day

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.


Arrival and What to Bring

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:

  • Admissions ticket. Without your admissions ticket, you may not be permitted to test. Your admissions ticket is located in your ETS testing account and should be printed prior to test day.
  • Valid and acceptable form of identification with a name, signature, and photograph. You must present your ID prior to admission. Acceptable forms of ID are explained here.

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.

Taking the Test

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:

  • Learned the content
  • Reviewed testing strategies
  • Learned how to break down questions and answer choices
  • Learned how to write a constructed response
  • Developed strategies for reducing test anxiety.

Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!

Test Scores

Test Scores

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.

Passing Scores

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!

State Reciprocity

See the Out-of-State Certified Educators page for additional information.

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