The PPR Exam Explained
“When I first decided I wanted to teach, it was pretty late the game. It was mid-summer. I needed to complete all my training, land a teaching position and get ready for the first day with students. I thought “I’m sure I can pass this PPR exam without any trouble” even though I hadn’t even started training with Teachworthy. So I signed up, took it, failed it.
I was disappointed for sure, but I knew I would get another shot once I finished training. And guess what? I completed the Teachworthy Training, took the PPR again and passed it. No problem.
I’ve been a certified Texas teacher for the past two years and know that I’ve found my purpose.”
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More about the PPR
The PPR (Professional Pedagogy and Responsibilities) is required by the Texas Education Agency to be completed by all Alternative Certified Teachers.
The PPR test of the TExES will compromise approximately 90 questions, including 10 field test questions. 80 questions will be scored and be distributed across the 13 competencies. These competencies include:
- How Learning Occurs
- Environment of Support
- Management Issues
- Engaging Instruction
- Involving Family
- Practitioner Reflection
- Texas Teachers – State and Local Laws
There 4 domains included in the PPR as well. These include:
- Domain 1: Designing instruction and assessment to promote student learning. You must know student development, diversity, curriculum and state standards, learning processes.
- Domain 2: Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment. You must know how to establish a positive, learning classroom environment where students feel safe and can learn without interference from other students; use of procedures and safety rules that manage learning time.
- Domain 3: Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment. You must know how to communicate effectively with students, provide instruction that actively engages students, incorporate the effective use of technology to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate instruction, and monitor student performance and achievement, providing students with timely and quality feedback.
- Domain 4: Fulfilling professional Roles and Responsibilities. You must know the importance of family involvement and how to interact with parents and guardians; how to enhance professional knowledge and interact with staff and faculty; and you must adhere to legal and ethical requirements for educations and know the structure of education in Texas.
What score is needed to pass?
You must make at least 240 points to pass.
How long does the test take?
The test is designed to take less than 2.5 hours; however, you may use the entire 5 hour testing period.
How much does it cost and how do you pay?
The cost is $116 each time to take the test. You can register and pay HERE.
How often can you take the PPR?
Your certification program will typically grant you one-time test permission. If you are unsuccessful the first time, programs like Teachworthy will ask you to complete additional preparation efforts to ensure your success the second time you are given testing permission.
When do you take the test?
You must pass the PPR before you complete your first year of teaching on an intern certificate. Teachworthy recommends you take the PPR right after you complete the Teachworthy 150 hours of training because the material will be fresh in your mind and you will most likely ace your test.
What types of questions are included?
Single question items
- Cluster question items (using involving two or three questions connected to the same scenario)
- Teacher Decision Sets (a series of questions following a scenario through various stages)
How do I get started?
Simply apply to Teachworthy for free and we will guide you through the process.