best live chat

Get prepared for the Core Subjects 4-8 (TExES 211) Exam

Scroll down for more info about the test!

Core Subjects 4-8 Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-001-3

Our online, easy-to-use study guide comes with a guarantee of passing and a 48 hour no-questions asked refund policy. Use our study guide risk-free and be confident you have the best material to prepare for your important exam.

Fantastic Features

  • 675 Practice Questions
  • 289 Pages of Content
  • Self-pace Studying
  • Immediate Access
guarantee-footer
Learn More
TExES CORE Subjects 4-8 Study Guide

Click the Tabs to Find More Information

Study Guide Tutorial

 Who Wants Free Study Materials?

Use a preview of our 240Tutoring study guides to help you understand what you need to study and how you should begin preparing for your exam!

 Get Sample Study Guide Materials!

Simply fill out the form below.

Simple… and Guaranteed to Work

If you fully utilize our study guide and earn a 95% on the 240Tutoring assessment, but fail your test – you are entitled to a full refund! 240Tutoring is the only resource that comes with a money back guarantee!

Risk-Free Enrollment

Every study guide comes with the 48 hour no-questions asked refund policy. You can get a full refund on enrollment within 48 hours of purchasing the study guide. No-Risk Enrollment!

Studying That is Easy

Our study guides are designed to be easy-to-use. Don’t waste study time navigating material – use 240Tutoring and maximize every minute of studying!

675 Practice Questions and 289 Pages of Instructional Content

English Language Arts and Reading

127 Questions with Explanations
62 Pages of Instructional Content

Social Studies

194 Questions with Explanations
81 Pages of Instructional Content

Mathematics

150 Questions with Explanations
109 Pages of Instructional Content

Science

206 Questions with Explanations
37 Pages of Instructional Content

How to Use our Study Guides

Utilizing 240Tutoring study guides is a simple 3 step process.
null

Assess

Enrollment takes less than 5 minutes and you have immediate access to your study guide. The first step is to enroll and take your initial assessment so that you know exactly where to study.
null

Study

Your initial assessment will highlight exactly where to study. The next step is to read the study material thoroughly and then work through the interactive practice questions.
null

Repeat

After reviewing all the sub-areas you can retake your assessment. This will help you gauge your progress and then show you exactly where to study.

 Take a CORE Subjects 4-8 Practice Test!

Average Score
74%
Recommended Score
100%

Average Score
52%
Recommended Score
90%

Average Score
25%
Who should brush up on the test
90%

Average Score
46%
Recommended Score
90%

Average Score
66%
Recommended
90%

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EXAM

What’s on the Core Subject 4-8 Exam

200 multiple-choice questions are designed for entry-level educators to show their knowledge and skills of all of the four essential core subjects and the grades 4-8 standards. The test consists of questions about a variety of topics relating to English Language arts and Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

Knowing the structure of the exam helps, but taking a core subjects exam can be a daunting prospect, and the TExES CORE Subjects 4-8 exam is no exception.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything needed to teach, the exam is broken into four main domains—each of which is presented as its own subtest—which are then broken into 9-23 competencies, which are further explained through descriptive statements.

Structure

Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam in its entirety consists of 200 multiple-choice questions: 74 questions on Domain 1, and 42 questions each on Domain 2, 3, and 4.  The time for each domain depends on the number of questions (see right).  The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

You Need to Pay for the Exam.

The Cost of the Test is $131

 ETS accepts all major credit cards for payment

Time

As previously stated, the testing time for each subtest differs based on the number of questions:

null

Language Arts/Reading

1 hour 45 minutes
null

Mathematics

60 minutes
null

Social Studies

35 minutes
null

Science

40 minutes

This adds up to a total of 4 hours and 40 minutes testing time. You will also begin with twenty minutes to complete requisite tutorials, follow direction screens and sign nondisclosure agreements. This brings the entire testing time to 5 hours.

NOTE: There are no scheduled breaks with this test. You also cannot take a break once a subtest has started.

 Exam Competencies

English Language Arts and Reading

Competency 001 (Oral Language): The teacher understands the importance of oral language, knows the developmental processes of oral language and provides a variety of instructional opportunities for students to develop listening and speaking skills.

Competency 002 (Early Literacy Development): The teacher understands the foundations of early literacy development.

Competency 003 (Word Identification Skills and Reading Fluency): The teacher understands the importance of word identification skills (including decoding, blending, structural analysis and sight word vocabulary) and reading fluency and provides many opportunities for students to practice and improve word identification skills and reading fluency.

Competency 004 (Reading Comprehension and Assessment): The teacher understands the importance of reading for understanding, knows components and processes of reading comprehension and teaches students strategies for improving their comprehension.

Competency 005 (Reading Applications): The teacher understands reading skills and strategies appropriate for various types of texts and contexts and teaches students to apply these skills and strategies to enhance their reading proficiency.

Competency 006 (Written Language — Writing Conventions): The teacher understands the conventions of writing in English and provides instruction that helps students develop proficiency in applying writing conventions.

Competency 007 (Written Language — Composition): The teacher understands that writing to communicate is a developmental process and provides instruction that promotes students’ competence in written communication.

Competency 008 (Viewing and Representing): The teacher understands skills for interpreting, analyzing, evaluating and producing visual images and messages in various media and provides students with opportunities to develop skills in this area.

Competency 009 (Study and Inquiry Skills): The teacher understands the importance of study and inquiry skills as tools for learning in the content areas and promotes students’ development in applying study and inquiry skills.

Mathematics

Competency 001: The teacher understands the structure of number systems, the development of a sense of quantity and the relationship between quantity and symbolic representations.

Competency 002: The teacher understands number operations and computational algorithms.

Competency 003: The teacher understands ideas of number theory and uses numbers to model and solve problems within and outside of mathematics.

Competency 004: The teacher understands and uses mathematical reasoning to identify, extend and analyze patterns and understands the relationships among variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, relations and functions.

Competency 005: The teacher understands and uses linear functions to model and solve problems.

Competency 006: The teacher understands and uses nonlinear functions and relations to model and solve problems.

Competency 007: The teacher uses and understands the conceptual foundations of calculus related to topics in middle school mathematics.

Competency 008: The teacher understands measurement as a process.

Competency 009: The teacher understands the geometric relationships and axiomatic structure of Euclidian geometry.

Competency 010: The teacher analyzes the properties of two- and three dimensional figures.

Competency 011: The teacher understands algebra and geometry through the Cartesian coordinate system and demonstrates knowledge of transformational geometry.

Competency 012: The teacher understands how to use graphical and numerical techniques to explore data, characterize patterns and describe departures from patterns.

Competency 013: The teacher understands the theory of probability.

Competency 014: The teacher understands the relationship among probability theory, sampling and statistical inference and how statistical inference is used in making and evaluating predictions.

Competency 015: The teacher understands mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Competency 016: The teacher understands mathematical connections within and outside of mathematics and how to communicate mathematical ideas and concepts.

Competency 017: The teacher understands how children learn and develop mathematical skills, procedures and concepts.

Competency 018: The teacher understands how to plan, organize and implement instruction using knowledge of students, subject matter and statewide curriculum (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills [TEKS]) to teach all students to use mathematics.

Competency 019: The teacher understands assessment and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques to monitor and guide mathematics instruction and to evaluate student progress.

Social Studies

Competency 001 (History): The teacher understands and applies knowledge of significant historical events and developments, multiple historical interpretations and ideas and relationships between the past, the present and the future, as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Competency 002 (Geography): The teacher understands and applies knowledge of geographic relationships involving people, places and environments in Texas, the United States and the world, as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Competency 003 (Economics): The teacher understands and applies knowledge of economic systems and how people organize economic systems to produce, distribute and consume goods and services, as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Competency 004 (Government and Citizenship): The teacher understands and applies knowledge of government, democracy and citizenship, including ways in which individuals and groups achieve their goals through political systems, as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Competency 005 (Culture; Science, Technology and Society): The teacher understands and applies knowledge of cultural development, adaptation and diversity and understands and applies knowledge of interactions among science, technology and society, as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Competency 006 (Social Studies Foundations and Skills): The teacher understands the foundations of social studies education and applies knowledge of skills used in the social sciences.

Competency 007 (Social Studies Instruction and Assessment): The teacher plans and implements effective instruction and assessment in social studies.

Science

Competency 001: The teacher understands how to manage learning activities to ensure the safety of all students.

Competency 002: The teacher understands the correct use of tools, materials, equipment and technologies.

Competency 003: The teacher understands the process of scientific inquiry and the history and nature of science.

Competency 004: The teacher understands how science impacts the daily lives of students and interacts with and influences personal and societal decisions.

Competency 005: The teacher knows and understands the unifying concepts and processes that are common to all sciences.

Competency 006: The teacher understands forces and motion and their relationships.

Competency 007: The teacher understands physical properties of and changes in matter.

Competency 008: The teacher understands chemical properties of and changes in matter.

Competency 009: The teacher understands energy and interactions between matter and energy.

Competency 010: The teacher understands energy transformations and the conservation of matter and energy.

Competency 011: The teacher understands the structure and function of living things.

Competency 012: The teacher understands reproduction and the mechanisms of heredity.

Competency 013: The teacher understands adaptations of organisms and the theory of evolution.

Competency 014: The teacher understands regulatory mechanisms and behavior.

Competency 015: The teacher understands the relationships between organisms and the environment.

Competency 016: The teacher understands the structure and function of Earth systems.

Competency 017: The teacher understands cycles in Earth systems.

Competency 018: The teacher understands the role of energy in weather and climate.

Competency 019: The teacher understands the characteristics of the solar system and the universe.

Competency 020: The teacher understands the history of the Earth system.

Competency 021: The teacher has theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching science and about how students learn science.

Competency 022: The teacher understands the process of scientific inquiry and its role in science instruction.

Competency 023: The teacher knows the varied and appropriate assessments and assessment practices to monitor science learning in laboratory, field and classroom settings.

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. Each subtest is graded separately.  So, for each subtest, your correct number of answers will be converted to a number between 100 and 300.  In order to pass, you must receive at least 240.  While you will take all five subtests at once, it is not an all-or-nothing system.  You can pass some tests, but not others.

Registration

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The TExES Core Subjects 4-8 is offered continuously which means you can take it whenever it is convenient for you.  However, because of that, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Step 1: Make Sure You Can Test

The absolute first thing to do is to check that you are an approved tester.  Enrollees in educator preparation programs are given approval by their programs.  Out-of-state credentialed teachers must apply for approval by submitting their existing credentials for review with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  If you are in a different category than either of these (e.g. a charter school teacher, someone trying to qualify for an educator preparation program through your test scores), see the Registration Bulletin for more specific information about how you get approved.

Step 2: Get Organized

Registration will go much more smoothly if you have all of the information you need at hand.  This includes:

  • An ID that has your full and official name on it (this is especially important if you have a last name with multiple parts)—plan to use the one you will take with you on test day
  • Current home address
  • Current phone number
  • Current email address
  • A credit or debit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover

Step 3: Create Your TEA Account

NOTE: If you are already a credentialed teacher in the state of Texas, a charter school teacher, or someone looking to use this test to help you get into an educator preparation program, skip this step, and go to step 4.

  • Go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.
  • You need to log into Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL); you will see a link on the blue bar at the very top of the screen.
  • Since this is your first time, you will need to select “Request New User Account” (If you already have one, then just enter your info.)
  • At this point, the system will give you instructions for creating your account. You will need the ID you prepared. It is of utmost importance that your ENTIRE last name (including spaces, hyphens and all parts) is used to create your account.
  • Once you are done, look over everything to make sure your information is accurate. You should also write down your TEA ID number as you will use it as your ID throughout the rest of the registration process. If you want to be really safe, print out your entire Educator Profile so you have a hard copy to refer to along the way.

Step 4: Create Your Educational Testing Service (ETS) Account

Now that you are officially in Texas’ education system, it is time to register for the actual test.

  • Navigate to the ETS TExES page.
  • Find “Your Account” on the homepage.
  • Once again, you will follow the directions to create your account. You will need the same information you collected in Step 2. Make sure you are again completely accurate and consistent with what you enter into TEA. This allows your TEA information to automatically transfer over.
  • ETS will then email you your username. Write this down (probably on the same page as your TEA ID). Once you have this, go back to the TExES home page and click again on “Your Account”, and then “Existing User”, and enter your username.
  • You will then have to click “Forgot Password” (even though you haven’t made one yet). This will get a temporary password sent to you via email. Once you have that, you can go back one last time, log in and change your password to whatever you want it to be (you will be prompted to change it when you log in with the temporary password).
  • Once you are fully logged in, you will see instructions to register for this test, including selecting the test location and date. The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam is a continuous Computer Administered Test (CAT), which means it is always available and at a wide range of ETS locations within Texas, throughout the United States, and even in Mexico. You may select whichever location is best for you.

Step 5: Admission Ticket

You will know you are done when you receive your “Admission Ticket”. You will need this to get into the exam and you must bring a hard copy. They will not accept electronic copies of this so your final step is to print this out. It will also list the location and time of your exam.

To get your “Admission Ticket,” log in to TExES and select “Print Admission Ticket”.

 Who Wants Free Study Materials?

Use a preview of our 240Tutoring study guides to help you understand what you need to study and how you should begin preparing for your exam!

 Get Sample Study Guide Materials!

Simply fill out the form below.

9 out of 10 students would recommend 240Tutoring to a friend.

Students have guaranteed results when using 240Tutoring study guides. Each study guide comes with the 240Tutoring Guarantee- if a students earns a 95% Cumulative Score or higher on our study guides and is unsuccessful on the test, 240Tutoring will provide a full money-back refund!

auth
digicert
bbb

 Contact Us

Questions? Want Help? Need Anything?

admin@240tutoring.com

866.433.4113

P.O. Box 75 Denton, Tx 76202

 © 2016   |   Terms of Use   |   Privacy Policy