Perhaps you are already aware that during your year teaching in the classroom, you are required to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. If the extent of your knowledge ends there, don’t worry! We’re here to give you the inside scoop and share our best tips with you.
Rest assured in knowing that everyone is required to take the PPR – you’re not alone! Passing the PPR is required to earn your Standard Certificate. Before you register for the exam, you’ll need to complete your Pre-Service Training (composed of 35 online training courses and 30 hours of Field-Based Experience hours) and begin your first year teaching! After you begin teaching, you will receive access to your Texas Teachers’ PPR Review, which consists of 4 quizzes and 1 review exam. The goal of this review is to help prepare you for the actual exam, which is why you must earn 80% or higher to become eligible to register for the exam.
Let’s take a bit of time and learn about the exam details. The PPR exam is comprised of 100 selected-response questions (multiple-choice, true/false, matching, etc.). These questions will cover grades EC-12 and are centered around the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities framework.
Keep the exam structure in mind when you begin preparing. It’s important to tailor your studying to match the exam expectations.
It’s also important to note that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows candidates 5 exam attempts – sorry, these aren’t our rules. Don’t panic, though – if necessary, you may apply for additional attempts through the TEA. If you find yourself in a position where you need to take the exam again, you can find additional support on our Resource Page.
Once you’ve begun teaching, have finished your Pre-Service Training requirements and have completed the online PPR Review, it’s time to prepare to sit for the exam! We’ve gathered a comprehensive list of study resources to help you study for the exam. You can find this list on our PPR Resources webpage, or you can check it out here:
-Quizlet | FREE: A free application and website which offers a variety of online article and study resources.
–Online Study Community | FREE: Texas Teachers’ online forum where previous test-takers share their experiences and offer study tips.
–Study.com | FREE (for 30 days): A comprehensive website offering 26 online study chapters, study guides and practice tests.
–Pearson State Preparation Materials | $10: Purchase one interactive practice exam with a 120-day access pass.
–Certify Teacher | $35 (with Texas Teachers discount; originally $80): Purchase 3-year access to various interactive practice tests. Features: personalized study plans, exam history tracking, detailed explanations, video tutoring, flashcard drills.
–240 Tutoring | $39.99/month: Purchase monthly access to practice tests. Features: conditional money-back guarantee.
–Mometrix TExES Secret Study Guides | $39.99: Purchase a step-by-step study guide, available in hardcopy or E-book format.
–TExEs Flash Card Secrets Study Guide | $39.99: Purchase flash cards to help you learn how to solve difficult test questions.
–Pass the TExES | $30-$44: Purchase a variety of services, such as subject area specific E-books ($30-$45).
–Pass the TExES | $45-$120: Sign up to work with a tutor via phone, Skype or in-person. 1- or 2-hour appointments available.
–Training & Consulting Downs Educational | $99-$350: Purchase a test preparation course package from an allotment of options.
–TExES Tutoring Services | $399.99/2 weeks, $559.99/4 weeks: Purchase real-time tutoring sessions with experts delivered via Skype or video chat. Features: strategy development, exam practice, core subject preparation, flexible scheduling.
Studying well in advance is extremely important and will play a major role in your exam outcome. While studying is essential, don’t save it for the last second. Make sure to get plenty of sleep before the exam. You will perform best if you are well-rested and prepared. Do not stay up late and attempt a final late-night study session. To the best of your ability, try to calm yourself before falling asleep. You have prepared for the exam. Practice confidence and try not to lose sleep to nerves.
Gather all the things you will need for the following day (seriously, this tip is a lifesaver!):
Get up well before your scheduled exam so you do not have to rush. Have a hearty breakfast and check in with your nerves. Wear comfortable clothes; you’ll be sitting for five hours. When you’re ready, gather the items needed for the exam and leave with plenty of time to arrive early.
Consider leaving your phone some place safe. You cannot bring it to the examination room, so better not to be distracted by it. Remember to bring in your sweater or jacket, in case the testing room is cold. Find a space in the room where you feel comfortable. Get situated, take a breath and pass your exam!
- Listen to Instructions – Listen for any given instructions from the test moderator.
- Read the Directions – Please, please, please – read the instructions thoroughly. Underline negative words (ex. Which is not correct?) or questions that accept multiple answers (ex. Select all correct answers).
- Be Mindful of Time – Don’t get caught up on one question. Rule out obviously incorrect answers. If necessary, return to difficult questions and focus on answering easier ones.
- Answer ALL Questions – Don’t lose points to blank questions. If you leave any unanswered, be sure to return to questions and answer them.
- Trust Your Instinct – You’ve prepared for this exam. Use your best judgement and trust your mind to recall what you’ve studied.
- Use the Allotted Time – If you finish early, review your answers.
You should now have a more in-depth understanding of what the PPR entails and how to prepare. Check out some of our suggested study resources and be sure to practice our test-taking tips. For any other unanswered questions, get in touch with your Program Advisor!