How many scorers will read each test?
Each response is read independently and scored by two qualified scorers. If the two scores are not identical or adjacent, additional
scoring is conducted to resolve the discrepancy.
Can test-takers request a rescore?
Yes, exam takers who do not pass may request a score review for the written-response section. Score review is not available for the
selected-response section because of the quality-control measures in place to ensure accurate scoring of selected-response items.
Is there a word limit on the open-response item, and will there be a word count included in the response
Yes, there is a word counter. The assignment indicates a suggested range of 400-600 words, however, there is no limit to the
candidate’s written response.
Does holistic scoring of the constructed response penalize for errors in spelling and grammar?
Spelling and grammar are not considered in the score unless errors are so significant that they interfere with a scorer’s ability to
understand the response.
Can the response include bullets/lists/etc.?
Yes, the response can include bullets, lists, etc.
Will candidates be able to watch the video more than once?
Yes, candidates can pause, scroll, and replay the video.
Will candidates have the text from the passage read by the student in the video? Will candidates have
access to a print version?
Yes, candidates will have access to the reading passage text on the screen. The exam is computer-administered, and a print version is
Will this constructed-response section of the test be timed?
Candidates have five hours for the full exam session. Like other TExES exams (e.g., English Language Arts and Reading 7-12), the five
hours will consist of 15 minutes for a computer-administered testing tutorial and a non-compliance agreement and 4 hours and 45
minutes of testing time. There is no specific time restriction for individual sections of the exam. Candidates can navigate freely
through the exam and may choose to respond, for example, to the constructed-response item first and then move on to the
How can EPPs support candidates in understanding the rubric associated with the constructed response
To assist candidates in understanding the scoring criteria for the constructed response, the scoring rubric and sample strong and
weak responses with rationales are provided in the preparation manual. Information is also provided that explains how the strong
and weak responses characterize the score point descriptions and how the candidate should use the materials to prepare for the
exam. The preparation manual for the Science of Teaching Reading (293) is not yet posted but will be included here when it is
available: http://www.tx.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/ TX293_PrepMaterials.html
What resources will candidates have available to them during the constructed response? Are the test
takers allowed to bring in any supports; e.g., previously studied examples, to help construct the CRI?
Candidates are not permitted to bring any material into the test center. Candidates will refer to the information presented in the
constructed-response prompt and the exhibits. For example, if referring to a specific TEKS statement is necessary to respond to the
prompt, that TEKS statement will be included in one or more exhibits.