Free TAKS practice tests can be found online at Free-Test-Online.com. The website also provides a number of other helpful resources, including past tests from the years 2003 to 2009, study guides, general information and links to various guide books on Amazon.
Until 2012, Texas high school students were given five chances to pass the exit level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam, which covered language arts, reading, social studies, math and science. High school seniors had to pass the test in order to graduate; however there were also versions customized for grades 3 through 8. High school students have five opportunities to pass the tests in their junior and seniors years. The TAKS tests were developed and scored by Pearson Educational Measurement in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency.
In 2007, the TEA introduced TAKS (Accommodated), TAKS-M (Modified) and TAKS-Alt (Alternative) exams to assess special education students. There were small differences between these options. For example, the TAKS (Accommodated) had fewer items per page, larger font size and no field-test items but still possessed the same content as standard TAKS. The TAKS-M (Modified), on the other hand, was adjusted to have a larger font size, fewer items per page, reduced number of answer choices and embedded questions depending upon the subject being assessed. TEA had a special committee dedicated to determining which tests were appropriate for which students.
The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams replaced the TAKS exams for public schools in 2012. However, home-schooled students can still take the TAKS exams if desired.