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Starting the Study Guide

Starting the Study Guide:

These are the steps we suggest you follow to get the most out of the study guides. 


For these examples, we are using the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (160) study guide. All of the study guides follow the same flow. 


1. Complete the Diagnostic Test - All users should start with the Diagnostic Test to get an idea of your strong and weak areas and determine where to focus your studies. You will need a large chunk of time to complete the test, so please plan appropriately.  You must complete the entire test in one sitting as this is a timed test formatted similarly to the actual exam. If you close the test before you are done, the time will continue to count down. For an accurate score, you must complete all questions before submitting your answers at the end.


The Diagnostic Test is found inside of the study guide in the upper right corner. Click the orange Diagnostic Test button. 


The following message appears when you click the Diagnostic Test button. Click on Start Test to begin the Diagnostic Test. 


A timer is located In the upper right of the Diagnostic Test, so you know how much time is left.


When you complete the Diagnostic Test, you can either review your answers or submit them for scoring. If you skipped any questions, answer those with your best guess before submitting your test. 


In the lower right part of the screen, there are options to review the test or return to the previous question if you want to look over the questions again. 

Once you submit your answers, the screen will tally your score and allow you to download your score report. You can also retake the test or review your answers. 

The Download Report button is what you click to download the .pdf copy of your report. The report will show your email address and the date you took the test. 

To review your answers:

Select the orange Review button.
Review the explanations for all test questions - correct and incorrect answers - as they contain helpful information that may be relevant to the actual exam.

An example of what a correctly answered question looks like. 


An example of what an incorrectly answered question looks like. 

2. Begin working through the concept modules:

  • Complete the Concept Modules for each section.  All of these must be completed.  
  • Each Concept Module includes different sections. For example, the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (160) study guide has three modules.
        1. Promoting Student Learning 
        2. The Classroom
        3. Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Each of the modules is broken down into smaller sections. Under Promoting Student Learning, there are six small content modules to break things down and make it easier to study. As you click on each circle above the material, it will turn blue to show you which section you are currently working in. Completed sections are marked green. 
  • In this example, the section Development of Children is selected, which is a subsection of the content module Promoting Student Learning. 100% of the instructional content, 15% of the flashcards, and 1 quiz have been completed.

  • Once completed, the circles turn green, and a checkmark appears in the center to show that section has been finished. The blue inner circle indicates which section is selected for use. 


  • On each quiz, choose your answer. Each answer provides explanations for the correct and incorrect choices. Read ALL of the explanations as this is where much of your learning will be solidified. Do not leave questions unanswered. You can review the quiz after you complete it, and you take it as many times as you wish.


  • For each set of flashcards, read them carefully and note any new or confusing facts and terms. 
  • Example of how to navigate the Flashcards

3. Complete a full-length Practice Test - Completing 95% or more of the study guide unlocks the 3 full-length Practice Tests. The Practice Tests qualify you for the 240 Tutoring Guarantee. They are also the best way for you to gauge how ready you are to take your exam. The practice tests mimic the exam in length and format. Just like with the diagnostic test, there is a timer in the upper corner showing how much time is remaining.

You will need a large chunk of time to complete the Practice Test so please plan appropriately. 


You must complete the Practice Test in one sitting.

The test is timed to mimic the real testing environment, and once you start the exam, it cannot be paused. Make sure you have the time to dedicate to it and that you are on a strong Internet connection. Your full-length Practice Test is not accessible until you have completed at least 95% of the study guide. We cannot unlock the Practice Test for you. If you have not completed the required study guide content, you will need to finish the study material so the Practice Test will unlock. 

If you begin your Practice Test and stop mid-way, your test cannot be cleared or reset. 

The practice test button is located at the bottom of your study guide. The highest score achieved in the two completed practice tests is displayed. 

When you click on Take Test, the following window will pop-up. This screenshot shows attempt 3 of 3. The attempt you are on will be shown on this window. 

Click on Start Test and then follow the steps.


You will not see the answers to the Practice Test after completing the first two attempts. You must take all three test attempts to review your missed questions and the provided answers and explanations. The answers are only shown after the third attempt.



At this point, you should have completed the study guide and taken your first Practice Test. You are well on your way to passing your exam! 

Here are a few more pointers for you:

  1. If you aren’t happy with your Practice Test score - we recommend a minimum score of 80% - then utilize the study guide to improve it.
    1. Take another Diagnostic Test to identify areas that need more review
    2. Re-read the instructional content and take notes on anything that you aren’t sure about
    3. Transcribe the flashcards to help memorize the information 
    4. Once you’ve reviewed the study guide, take another Practice Test. 
  2. If you are a student, reach out to your professors for any additional help they can provide to help you to better understand the material.
  3. Check to see if your program has in-person tutoring available to you.

If you have questions about your account you can always reach out to us by email: admin@240tutoring.com