A person cannot retake a TExES exam more than 4 times without a waiver from the state of Texas. That means if a person fails a TExES exam 5 times, they cannot attempt a 6th attempt without a waiver from the state of Texas.
What is the 4x Waiver?
The 4x Waiver request form is a form created by the TEA to formally request permission for a 6th attempt (or 5th retake) of a TExES exam. The waiver must be submitted 45 days after the most recent failure.
To be considered for approval for a 6th attempt (or 5th retake) you must complete 50-200 clock hours of educational activities.
How Many Hours do I need?
To determine how many hours you need to complete, download the Request for Waiver form. Use the CSEM attachment on page 7 to identify how many CSEM you are away from passing.
The number of educational activity hours depends on your HIGHEST score to date. Below is the number of hours needed based upon your HIGHEST score.
1 CSM : 50 hours
2 CSM : 100 hours
3 CSM : 150 hours
4+ CSM : 200 hours
Example: John Doe failed the CORE Subjects EC-6 Social Studies for the fifth time on March 1, 2016. Johnís third attempt of 220 was his highest score to date. John downloads the Texas Average CSEM document and finds that a score of 220 is within 2 CSEM of passing. Because Johnís highest score is within 2 CSEM of passing, John needs to complete 100 hours of educational activities BEFORE applying for the 4x Waiver from TEA.