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Everything You Need to Know About Computer-Based Testing


As part of our continuing effort to reduce examination wait and processing times, the TSBPE is proud to announce that we’ve begun rolling out a new Computer-Based Testing system. Here’s what you need to know:

  • We’ve partnered with Pearson VUE, a leader in Computer-Based Testing in Texas. Pearson VUE has over 40 locations statewide, including multiple locations in every major metro area.

  • Computer-Based Tests (CBTs) will eventually replace all written examinations. The practical (hands-on) examinations will continue to be administered at TSBPE locations in Austin and Waco.

  • The application process has not changed; exam applications can be submitted online via the Online Licensing System or in person and through US Mail using a printable form.

  • Some applications are still being updated; if you’re unable to apply online or download the appropriate form, please try again in a few days.

  • Tradesman and Journeyman written exams will be the first to switch to CBT, and that transition is underway now. If you’ve submitted an application for either the Tradesman or Journeyman examination and haven’t received confirmation from the TSBPE, you’ll likely be taking a CBT.

  • When the TSBPE approves your exam application, Pearson VUE will email everything you’ll need to schedule and complete your CBT. For this reason, it’s crucial that you make sure the email address you’ve submitted to the TSBPE is correct.

  • The tests themselves remain the same length and the same format; if you prepped for the TSBPE-administered written exam, you prepped for the CBT.

  • As always, the first step you should take before applying for an exam is to use our public license search to make sure you meet all of the exam requirements (your license or registration is current, you’ve submitted your fingerprints, taken the proper training, etc.). Please also take this opportunity to verify that the name in our records matches your photo ID.

  • Make sure you have prepared all necessary documents (government-issued photo ID, additional forms, etc.) before you submit an application. Submitting an incomplete exam application will significantly delay or even nullify your application.



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