Dismissal from a Test Center

A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled and your test fees forfeited for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, without limitation, the following:

  • attempting to take the test, or taking the test, for someone else or having someone else take the test for you, or attempting to take the test for you 
  • failing to provide acceptable identification as described herein, including refusal to allow a photograph and/or fingerprint to be taken
  • obtaining improper access to test content, a part of the test, or information about the test (this includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing preknowledge of test information into the test center in any form including, but not limited to, identification documents, prohibited devices and any other method listed as an aid in connection to the test)
  • having any type of phone, tablet, PDA, watch or any other electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic device in the test center. If you are seen using, or found to be in possession of, any of these devices before, during or after the test administration, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dis-missed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test.
  • using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, calculators (except on tests where a calculator is permitted or when approved as a testing accommodation), all watches, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, pens, highlighter pens, scan pens or devices, stereos or radios with headphones, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices
  • creating a disturbance (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  • attempting to give or receive assistance (Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks and after the test is prohibited.)
  • removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center (Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced and/or disclosed by any means [e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically] to any person or entity.)
  • tampering with a computer
  • attempting to remove scratch paper or a portion of scratch paper from the CAT testing room or using scratch paper before the test, during untimed sections or during breaks
  • bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center
  • bringing food, beverages or tobacco into the testing room, unless you have received prior approval due to a disability or health-related need
  • leaving the test center building during the test session or during breaks without permission
  • leaving the testing room without permission
  • taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session (Test administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.) Under no circumstance are you allowed to exit the test center facility during your break.
  • referring to, looking through or working on any test or test section when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called
  • failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in the Registration Bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials

ETS and TEA reserve the right to take any and all actions — including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores — for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator’s directions. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported, and your registration and test fees will not be refunded. In addition, violations of confidential test security and/or disclosure of test content to any person or entity may result in administrative denial of a certificate application, and/or sanctions against an existing educator certificate.