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Helpful Resources

NOTE:  Listing of these materials does not imply any endorsement by the Tarleton State University College of Education.  Tarleton makes no guarantees, stated or implied, about the quality of the help you get nor the effects on your scores.  No Tarleton student is required to use any of these materials or programs.  The list is provided as a service to students who might want additional help.

Preparation Manuals & Study Guides

Practice Questions and Tests

Interactive Practice Tests

These are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report.  There are only three available at this time.  More will be coming at a later date and will be posted as they become available.

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12

Math 7-12

Science 7-12

TExES Study Materials

The following items are available in university bookstores, as well as commercial bookstores like Hastings, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, etc..  Most are also available online through vendors like Amazon.

  • ETS Preparation Manuals (Study Guides) -- Study guides for each test can be found by going to the www.texes.ets.org.  Go to Preparation Materials on the home page and then scroll down until you find the test you are taking.  The study guides give the test framework as well as a set of practice questions.
  • Preparing to Teach Texas Content Areas - The TExES EC-6 Generalist and the ESL Supplemental (2nd Edition) by Janice L. Nash and John M. Ramsey.  A comprehensive study guide that provides in-depth knowledge of each subject area as well as strategies to apply.
  • TExES Generalist EC-6 Exam Secrets Study Guide by Mometrix Media LLC - Comprehensive study guide which includes a 140-question practice exam.  It covers 45 competencies plus the subject areas.  www.xamonline.com
  • TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) 154 by XAMonline - Reviews the key competencies and skill sets found on the TExES ESL exam.  It also includes 125 practice questions and full answer explanations.  www.xamonline.com
  • Becoming an EC-6 Teacher in Texas -- A Course of Study for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES.  (2003) edited by Janice L. Nath and Myrna D. Cohen. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA  94002-3098.
  • Becoming a Middle School or High School Teacher in Texas - A Course of Study for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES. (2005) edited by Janice L. Nath and Myrna D. Cohen.  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA  94002-3098. 
  • The Best Test Preparation for the TExES PPR - Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Tests for EC-6, 4-8, 8-12, and EC-12.  (2005) by Research & Education Association, 61 Ethel Road West, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854.  Visit their website at www.rea.com.  Includes CD with timed tests and automatic scoring.
  • How to Prepare for the TExES - Texas Examinations of Educator Standards. (2004) Barron's Educational Services, Inc., 250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY  11788.  www.barronseduc.com.  Full length exams and detailed explanations for answers.
  • Cracking the TExES. (2005)  Princeton Review Publishing, LLC, 2315 Broadway, New York, NY  10024.  www.PrincetonReview.com.  Includes full-length practice tests and detailed explanations for answers. 
  • Pass the TExES -- For Texas Teachers.  Ed Publishing & Consulting, Shipping from Dallas, TX.  Call 888-978-1922 or visit their website at www.passthetexes.com)  Preparation manuals with PowerPoint module on CD and downloadable ebooks for PPR and many content area tests.  Tutoring in person, by Skype, and by phone available.  email: edpublishing@passthetexes.com.
  • Study the TExES in a Meaningful Way.  (2005) J & L Education Consultants, San Antonio, TX.  www.tcpea.net.  Includes discussion of competencies, test taking strategies, and exam preparation.
  • Study Manuals and Practice Question Manuals for Educators.  By TExES Study Sessions, LLC, P.O. Box 10962, Midland, TX  79702.  www.texesstudy.com.
  • "The TExES Master" by Art Williams.  P.O. Box 930, Groves, TX  77619, (409) 962-3100, or visit their web site at www.texes.net.  Includes video, study cards, booklet.
  • TExES - Texas Examination of Educator Standards. (2004) Kaplan Publishing, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY  10020.  www.kaptest.com.  Includes full-length practice tests, personalized diagnostic test, and detailed explanations for answers.
  • The Ultimate Guide to the EC-6 Generalist TExES.  (2005) Ultimate Guide, P.O. Box 700170, San Antonio, TX  78270.  www.ultimatetexesguide.com.  Includes discussion of competencies, diagnostic self-test, and explanation of answers.

Review Sessions and Seminars

  • Pass the TExES -- A company providing seminars on Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities; Special Education; Human Development and Family Studies: Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Science; and School Counselor.  Call (972) 429-1922 or (817) 996-0167, or visit their website at www.passthetexes.com for information on session dates and locations.
  • TExES Reviews -- A company providing review sessions on specific subjects to those preparing for the TExES.  Call (888) 918-1411, or (512) 918-1411, or visit their web site at www.TEXESREVIEWS.com for information on session dates and locations.
  • Texas Women's University -- Offers workshops each semester on their campus for test preparation for several of the most common TExES exams.  The cost is $10.00 and information can be found here concerning dates and registration.

Online Resources

  • 240Tutoring - www.240tutoring.com (Put in promo code "Tarleton" to receive a discount) - Offers online, comprehensive study guides that are guaranteed to prepare a student for their certification exam.  Every 240Tutoring study guide comes with the 240Tutoring Guarantee, benchmark assessments, and the most comprehensive resources available.
  • T-CERT -- https://pact.tarleton.edu/tcert -- This resource is free and provides several review modules for many of the TExES exams.  The components of each module are designed to enhance the preparation you have received from your teacher preparation program.
  • Some students have found it helpful to take the online practice TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and these tests can be found on the TEA website.  These practice tests, designed to help prepare public school students for the TAKS tests, track the TEKS, which are the basis for the TExES certification exams.
Below are test suggestions for specific areas:
EC-6 Generalist:
  • Take the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade READING, and MATH tests
  • Take the 5th grade SCIENCE test
  • Take the 8th grade READING, MATH, and SOCIAL STUDIES tests
4-8 Generalist:
  • Take the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade READING and MATH tests
  • Take the 5th grade SCIENCE test
  • Take the 8th grade READING, MATH, and SOCIAL STUDIES tests
4-8 Content Areas:
  • Take the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade tests for your content area
8-12 Content Areas:
  • Take the 8th, 9th, 10, and 11th grade tests for your content area
  • Take the End of Course for your content area