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TExES Test Retake Request Form

Texas State University Retake Approval Process

This form is for Texas State University teacher candidate seeking approval to retake a TExES or TExMaT exam. If you are seeking test approval for the first time go to the Test Approval instructions on our website instead.

NOTE: Please allow up to 10 business days for retake approval.

If you are taking the exam for the 3rd, 4th, or 5th time

  • Candidates seeking their 3rd, 4th, or 5th attempt must UPLOAD exam score reports and will be instructed to complete specific study activities before test approval will be granted.
  • Candidates seeking their 2nd attempt may upload their exam score report, but it is not required.

If you graduated more than 2 years ago

  • Texas State University will issue approvals to retake exams for up to two years after the date a candidate completes the  Educator Preparation Program.
  • After that time period, a candidate seeking test approval will be required to complete study activities or, in some cases, repeat coursework before test approval will be granted.

If you are retaking the Core Subjects exam

  • Read the official TExES ETS retake policy for tips (page 3).
  • The Core Subjects EC-6 (test 291) and Core Subjects 4-8 (test 211) can be taken as complete tests (all five subject subtests) or as individual subject subtests (800-level tests).
  • All attempts at the Core Subjects test and the subject subtests count toward your FIVE (5) test limit. 
  • If you fail two or more sections of the Core Subjects test, then you should register for the complete test (test 291 or 211) and skip through the sections of the test you have already passed by clicking next, next, next, and so on until you get to the section(s) that you still need to pass. Only if you fail only one section should you take that specific subject subtest.
  • Candidates who inadvertently register for individual subtests may call ETS at (800) 205-2626 to reschedule those exams into the appropriate Core Subjects exam.

If you need additional study resources

  • The educator certification examinations are very rigorous and should be attempted only after extensive preparation.
  • While it is the responsibility of each candidate to prepare for exams on an individual basis, the Office of Educator Preparation has provided a list of available resources on our website
  • Choose a combination of study guides and tools that are appropriate to you and your learning style.

REMINDER: Beginning September 1, 2015, candidates will be limited to FIVE (5) attempts of any educator certification examination.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is implementing this change to Texas Education Code in response to House Bill 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.

I understand that Texas Education Agency limits candidates to one attempt and four retakes and that Texas State University will not approve TExES retakes for candidates who completed the Educator Preparation Program more than two years ago. I am aware of the Test Preparation resources available to me through the Office of Educator Preparation and third parties. *
For candidates attempting the Core Subjects EC-6 or 4-8 exam: I have read and understood the Core Subjects retake policy, and I know that it may be in my best interest to retake the whole exam instead of a single subject subtest.


Upload Exam Score Reports if seeking approval for 3rd, 4th, or 5th attempt.