TExES for Principals

Everything you Want to Know about the Principal Exam Under TExES

The TExES  or the Texas Examinations for Educator Standards is a joint effort between the State Board for Educator Certification or SEBC and Texas Education Agency and its contractor ETS all of which are representatives of the state of Texas. By taking this test, which is held on a wide variety of subjects, the candidates get an opportunity to teach the relevant subjects by mastering their skills and abilities that are required for passing this test.

There are two formats in which the test is conducted:

  • Paper-Based Tests or PBT
  • Computer-Based Tests or CAT

For the Principal exam of the TExES, the candidates have to answer 115 multiple-choice questions although only 100 questions are scored amongst them and the performance of a candidate is measured on the basis of those questions for which scores are allotted.

As far as this exam is concerned, the test intends to assess the professional and academic knowledge of an entry-level or an assistant principal in the public schools of Texas. However, those candidates who are preparing for this test should understand the significance of competitive and descriptive statements and the three domains of the test.

The domains of this test can be noted in the following points:

  • Domain 1 consisting of School Community Leadership: Under this category, the principal should create cultural harmony within the premises. At the same time, he/she has to maintain the standard of education and support every cause for the development of education in school.

  • Domain 2 consisting of Instructional leadership: The principal should have excellent power of communication and also know how to strategically implement on the resources thereby considering the overall growth and development of the institution.

  • Domain 3 consisting of Administrative leadership: The principal should have proper administrative approach and know how to make the best use of the resources in order to contribute in the process of development.

Out of the 115 multiple-choice questions that are supposed to be answered by the candidate, the scores are calculated for only 100 questions. The unscored questions are provided in order to know how the test takers would answer them under the real conditions.

The multiple-choice questions that are asked in this test are based on the contents that are present in the test framework. Therefore, in the TExES for the selection of a principal, test-takers will have to demonstrate their skills much beyond the mundane problems; rather, they should be empowered to think in a critical manner or analyze a situation with a logical perspective unlike that of others. In short, the principal of an institution is expected to have a visionary approach that helps in the making of an institution and contribute towards a positive development of the school.

When it comes to the scoring of the questions the candidates taking the test should try to attempt all the questions as no marks or points are deducted for wrong answers. The scores of this test are evaluated on the basis of the correct responses that are chosen by the test takers.

The question format is also to be understood by the test takers. There are two categories of questions that are asked in this test that includes the following:

  • Individual questions
  • The questions that are classified into decision sets

In order to answer both these categories of questions, the candidates are allowed to use the side margins for writing the answers although the correct responses should always be mentioned on the final answer sheet. While this is true about those candidates who are taking the PBT tests, for those candidates considering the CAT administration, the final and correct choices must be put in the computer though the rough work may be carried out in the scratch paper provided to them. This exam intends to bring about the right talent with a far sighted approach and administrative powers that are required for smooth operation of the public schools of Texas.