TExES Business Education: Practice and Study Guide

The TExES Business Education 6-12 test is part of the secondary school business teacher licensing process in Texas. Review the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge about business education or to learn about topics you've not previously studied. 

About the Course

To work as a business education teacher at a public middle or secondary school in Texas, you're required to pass the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Business Education 6-12 test. This 5-hour exam includes 90 multiple-choice questions that cover five distinct domains of business. This online study guide addresses all five of these domains through courses in the following:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Personal Finances
  • Business Ownership
  • Management
  • HR and Resource Management
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • International Business
  • Communication
  • Computer and Internet Use
  • Information Technology

Questions on the TExES Business Education 6-12 test gauge prospective business teachers' knowledge of accounting, banking, economics and financial systems as well as personal finance and record keeping. You'll need to apply principles of business management and operations and demonstrate your ability to make choices that are both legal and ethical. Other topics covered by this test include computer information systems, career development and leadership, and business and interpersonal communications.

TExES Business Education 6-12 Preparation & Registration

This study guide for the TExES Business Education 6-12 test contains dozens of brief video lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz, which features questions like those you'll find on the actual test. While some of these lessons might introduce you to information that you've not encountered before, it's likely that most will serve as a refresher for courses from your post-secondary training.

The TExES Business Education 6-12 is a computer-administered test only. These tests are given over a 4-day span and are offered at several points throughout the year. You should register online at least two days prior to your desired testing date. The day of your test, you'll need to bring a valid photo ID to your testing center.

TExES Business Education 6-12 Scoring

To pass the TExES Business Education 6-12, you need to score at least 240 points on a 100- to 300-point scale. Your scores will be mailed to you approximately four weeks after your testing date.

Accounting, Finance and Economics

Questions about accounting, finance and economics account for approximately 17% of the 90 multiple-choice questions on this test. You might have to answer questions about financial statements, balance sheets, ledgers and income statements. You'll also need to know how to use the accounting equation and have an understanding of the accounting cycle. On the finance side, you might be asked about personal banking, investment planning and types of consumer credit. Economics-focused questions could test your knowledge of market supply and demand schedules, economic scarcity and free enterprise, as well as socialism, communism and mixed economies.

Business Management

About 17% of the test questions focus on business management. You'll need to know about the basics of sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, as well as steps - and liabilities - in starting a business. Other questions might focus on the global market and global competition. Topics in management could cover planning, organizing, leading and controlling a business, as well as various theories of management and leadership styles.

Ethics, Law, Business Communication and International Business

Ethics and law questions make up approximately 22% of the TExES Business Education 6-12 test. Topics covered might include ethical vs. legal choices, organizational ethical climate and corporate social responsibility. You'll also need to know about creating and dissolving partnerships and corporations from a legal standpoint. Additional questions could address contract, employment and intellectual property law; trademarks, patents and copyright law; collective bargaining and employment discrimination. Topics specific to international business might focus on global marketing strategy, international business treaties, and trade regulations and restrictions.

Technology and Information Systems

The largest portion of the TExES Business Education 6-12 test - 27% - focuses on technology and information systems. You might be tested on your knowledge of web page and graphic design, programming languages and social networking. Other questions might address network operating systems, telecommunications software, or e-commerce and m-commerce, as well as creation and management of online businesses.

Leadership and Career Development

The final 17% of the TExES Business Education 6-12 addresses leadership and career development. For this part of the exam, you'll need to demonstrate an understanding of student employment laws and work-based learning models, such as internships, mentoring and job shadowing. You also might have to show that you can evaluate the effectiveness of work-based learning programs and that you have the skills to help your students transition from secondary school to college or a career. Additionally, you'll need to know about training and education requirements for various business careers.

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