LPT - Frequently Asked Questions

What test do I register for?

TEST NAME                                                           COURSE

 

EC-6 CORE Subjects ELAR (801)                       READ 3390

4-8 CORE Subjects ELAR (806)                         READ 3393

4-8 ELAR                                                             READ 4305

EC -6 CORE Subjects Math (802)                       3350

4-8 CORE Subjects Math (807)

4-8 Math

EC -6 CORE Subjects Social Studies (803)         3351

4-8 CORE subjects Social Studies (808)

4-8 Social Studies

EC-6 CORE Subjects Science (804)                     3352

4-8 CORE Subjects Science (809)

4-8 Science

4-8 Math/Science

EC -6 Core Subjects FA, Health & PE (805)        MUSI 3371

EC -12 Special Education                                     4307/4311

EC-12 PPR                                                             4340

                                                                              5345

EC -12 Health                                                        3380

EC -12 Music

EC-12 Art

EC-12 Physical Education

7-12 Math

7-12 Social Studies

7-12 History

7-12 ELAR

7-12 Life Science

7-12 Science

The following exams require a Department Approval before you are allowed to test:

EC-12 Art                                                  7-12 Math                         7-12 Life Science

EC-12 Dance                                             7-12 Social Studies            7-12 Science

EC-12 Health                                             7-12 History                      EC-12 ASL           

EC-12 Music                                              7-12 ELAR                         EC-12 LOTE

EC-12 Physical Education

3380 Students:

  • If your content area is:
    • EC -12 Health
    • EC -12 Music
    • EC -12 Art
    • EC -12 Physical Education
    • 7-12 Math
    • 7-12 Social Studies
    • 7-12 History
    • 7-12 ELAR
    • 7-12 Life Science
    • 7-12 Science

You must get a departmental approval before you are allowed to take a Lamar Proficiency Test. Contact the department and request that a departmental approval form be sent to the TExES testing office.

  • If your content area is:
    • EC -12 Dance
    • EC -12 ASL
    • EC -12 Spanish
    • EC -12 French

There is not a Lamar Proficiency Test for these content areas. Your content area department can give you permission to take your TExES State test. Contact the department and request that a departmental approval form be sent to the TExES Testing office.

Where do I register for the test?

  • In person at the TExES Office, Education Building Room 201 F.
  • You can register by email at texes@lamar.edu. Please include your first & last name, phone number, date of test, test name/ number and Lamar ID #.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to students who has registered by email.  If you do not receive a confirmation, you should NOT consider yourself registered.  Call the TExES Office (409-880-7774).
  • It is your responsibility that you submit the correct test name and number when registering for the exam. Once you submit the testing information, you will need to give the TExES office a 48-hour notice to change the information if needed. We are not able to change your test information on the day of testing.

When are the test given?

There is a list of scheduled dates available in the TExES Office, Education Building Rm. 201 F or the Lamar website at lamar.edu/texes.

Is there a fee for the test?

A fee of $10.00 is required for each time the test is given.

Do I have to arrive for testing at a specific time?

  • YES, arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Check-in begins at the published start time for the test. Once all students are checked in and the test begins the door will be closed and you will not be able to enter.
  • No late arrivals allowed during testing.
  • If you arrive late you will need to reschedule your test and pay another test fee.

What happens if I can’t come to the testing session I signed up for?

CANCELLATION POLICY: Students registered for a Lamar Proficiency Exam who are unable to attend at that time must cancel with a 24-hour notice. Students who do not attend the testing for which they are registered will lose the $10.00 LAMAR PROFICIENCY TEST fee and must also pay $10.00 for the next test. If the student provides a documented family or personal emergency their $10.00 fee will carry to the next test registered. Emergencies include but are not limited to hospitalization, illness, death in the family, verifiable official university business or jury duty summons.

How many times can I take the LAMAR PROFICIENCY TEST?

  • You may take the exam continuously up until registration ends for the semester.

What is the passing score?

  • The passing score for each exam is 240 (no exceptions).
  • (291) EC-6 Core full length exam passing score is 240 (no exceptions).
  • (211) 4-8 Core full length exam passing score is 240 (no exceptions).

When are my test scores available?

  • Test scores will be available immediately after completing the exam.
  • Test scores will not be given over the phone or by email.

If I fail the exam, what is my next step?

Study Plan Review: 

  • The Study Plan Review will provide individualized assignments based upon each student performance on the LU proficiency test. Each assignment is designed to target the competencies and domains that need additional focus, ensuring a greater understanding of the material being tested.
  • A Study Plan Review will be implemented after several failed attempts of the LU proficiency exams.
  • If you are unsuccessful on the 1st attempt on the exam, you will not be allowed to retake the LU proficiency test until you complete the study plan review.
  • A study plan review will be computer-generated for you to complete. All individualized assignments must be completed by the student and verified by the TExES office.
  • Students must register for the Study Plan Review in the TExES office 201F or by email at texes@lamar.edu
  • If you are unsuccessful on the 2nd attempt on the exam, you are required to contact the faculty of which the exam is associated for the course and schedule a remediation review, bring your score report and pick-up a remediation documentation form from the TExES office to bring to the faculty.
  • Once you complete the remediation review with the faculty you will bring your signed remediation documentation form back to the TExES office to register for your 3rd attempt, you will not be allowed to retake the LU proficiency test until you complete the requirements.
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Please Note: Students are required to commit a minimum of 1 hour to the Study Plan.

The dates and times for the review schedule is posted on the website at www.lamar.edu/texes listed under the Lamar Proficiency Test Schedule. 

Study Plan Review SCHEDULESummer 2019

Dates

Seating

Times

Room

Time Required

Monday

20

9:00 am-11:00am
1:30pm-4:00 pm

201 G

1 hr. minimum

Tuesday

20

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

201 G

1 hr. minimum

Wednesday

20

9:00 am-11:00am
1:30pm-4:00 pm

201 G

1 hr. minimum

Thursday

20

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

201 G

1 hr. minimum

What should I bring with me to the test session?

  • A valid photo ID will be required to take your test. (Driver’s license, Lamar ID)
  • A valid stamped paid receipt from the Wimberley Building cashier’s office.
  • You may pick up a receipt in the TExES office or print a receipt at lamar.edu/texes
  • You will not be allowed into the test session without these 2 items.

Can I start the test immediately upon entering the testing lab?

  • No, you will be instructed by the proctor when to begin the test.
  • Failure to follow instructions will result in the proctor asking you to leave before testing begins.
  • Your test will be administered on the computer after check-in.
  • Do not remove any testing material from the testing lab.

What if I get the wrong test?

  • It is your responsibility that you submit the correct test name and number when registering for the exam. Once you submit the testing information, you will need to give the TExES office a 48-hour notice to change the information if needed. We are not able to change your test information on the day of testing

Can I use scratch paper?

  • Scratch paper will be available for your use. Put your name and Lamar ID # at the top of paper and turn it in to the proctor when your test is completed.

How long do I have to take the test?

  • You will have five hours to complete the test.
  • The test is multiple-choice, along with technology enhanced questions.
  • You may answer the questions in any order and spend as much time as needed on each question until the test session ends.

Can I use a calculator?

  • Scientific calculators may be used for the following test fields: (Calculators are provided by the TExES office)

                .. 4-8 math

                .. 4-8 math/science

                .. 4-8 Core

                .. 7-12 Science

                .. EC-12 Special Education

  • Graphing Calculators may be used for: (Calculators not provided)

                .. 7-12 Math

All calculator cases must be removed and stored before the test begins.

Can I bring my personal belongings into the testing room?

  • You will place your personal belongings on a desk provided in the front of the testing center, including all phones, electronic watches, and other electronic devices.
  • All electronic devices must be turned OFF before testing begins.
  • The testing office will provide all testing materials, scratch paper, pencils and calculators.
  • ONLY the items that are mention will be allowed on your desk.
  • Anything on the desk besides what is mention above without permission will automatically disqualify your test and require further action.

Can I bring my drink or snack in the computer lab?

  • NO FOOD or DRINKS are allowed in the testing lab.
  • You may place your FOOD or DRINKS on the cabinet outside of the lab or discard in trash.

Can I take a break?

  • One personal break will be permitted at your discretion. (5 minutes) Time is not stopped and will continue running during breaks. Please leave and return as quietly as possible.

IMPORTANT:

Once the test begins, no one may talk or whisper. If it is necessary to communicate with a proctor, you must communicate with the proctor by raising your hand. Please be courteous to other students taking the test. As you leave the room or return from breaks, move as quietly as possible.

Please Note: FAQ are subject to change at any given time.