TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide

What comes with Cirrus Test Prep’s TExES ELA Study Guide?

You probably think this is a typical study guide. However, Cirrus Test Prep’s unofficial TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide: Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards Exam 231 isn't like other study guides. Because we know you value your time, our unofficial study guide includes a quick yet full review of everything on the test with real examples, graphics, and information. Cirrus Test Prep’s NEW TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide gives you the edge you need to score higher and pass the first time.

Best of all, Cirrus Test Prep’s TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide offers you:

  • A full review of what you need to know for the TExES exam

  • TExES practice questions for you to practice and improve and worked through practice problems with explanations

  • Test tips and strategies to help you score higher

  • Real world examples

Our TExES prep book covers all the material that will be on your exam, including:

  • Reading

  • Language Use and Vocabulary

  • Writing, Speaking, and Listening

… and also comes with a FULL TExES practice test, so that you will be ready on test day.

But before you buy TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide, you may find yourself wondering, what is the TExES exam? What is on the TExES? How is the TExES scored? How is the TExES administered? We are the TExES experts, and we are happy to answer all your questions below!


Some Frequently Asked Questions about the TExES…

What is the TExES exam?

TExES tests are a part of teaching certification in Texas. In conjunction with completion of an educator preparation program, TExES exam scores are used to complete a state application for teacher certification. The social studies exam ensures that the examinee has the skills and knowledge necessary to become an educator of social studies in Texas public schools.

What is on the TExES?

The first constructed response question asks you to read two short literary passages and then compose a literary analysis that discusses the related themes of the passages. The second constructed response question is a writing assessment and pedagogy essay. You will be presented with a student’s response to a writing assignment and three tasks related to the draft. These tasks will ask you to assess the response’s strengths and weaknesses and to assign a learning activity or strategy that would address those weaknesses. Of the test’s five hours, the test writers recommend allotting approximately sixty to ninety minutes to complete the literary analysis and approximately forty-five to sixty minutes to complete the writing assessment and pedagogy essay.

You will answer approximately fifteen multiple-choice questions on integrated language arts, diverse learners, and the study of English, approximately forty multiple-choice questions (40 percent of the test) on literature, reading processes, and skills for reading literary and nonliterary texts, approximately thirty multiple-choice questions (30 percent of the test) on written communication, and approximately fifteen multiple-choice questions (15 percent of the test) on oral communication and media literacy.

How is the TExES scored?

On the TExES, the number of correctly answered questions are used to create your scaled score. Scores are scaled to a number in the range  100 – 300 , a passing score being 240. The score shows your performance on the test as a whole and is scaled to allow comparison across various versions of the tests. There is no penalty for guessing on TExES tests, so be sure to eliminate answer choices and answer every question. If you still do not know the answer, guess; you may get it right! Keep in mind that about twenty multiple-choice questions are experimental questions for the purpose of the TExES test-makers and will not count toward your overall score. However, as those questions are not indicated on the test, you must respond to every question.

How is the TExES administered?

TExES exams are administered at testing centers throughout Texas and the United States. Check the testing center’s website for a testing center near you. The TExES history exam is a computerized test offered continuously throughout the year. After you set up an account, you can locate testing centers, register for a test, or find instructions for registering via mail or phone.

Why should I use Cirrus Test Prep’s TExES study material?

Developed by experienced current and former educators, Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials help future educators gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully pass their state-level teacher certification exams and enter the classroom. Each Cirrus Test Prep study guide includes: a detailed summary of the test’s format, content, and scoring; an overview of the content knowledge required to pass the exam; worked-through sample questions with answers and explanations; full-length practice tests including answer explanations; and unique test-taking strategies with highlighted key concepts. Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials ensure that new educators feel prepared on test day and beyond.

Where can I buy TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide?

You can find TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7 – 12 (231) Study Guide for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Just click the link next to our book, the image of our book itself, or the links we provided in the sentence above!

ETS was not involved in the creation or production of this product, is not in any way affiliated with Cirrus Test Prep, and does not sponsor or endorse this product.


Member Login
Welcome, (First Name)!

Forgot? Show
Log In
Enter Member Area
My Profile Not a member? Sign up. Log Out