Don't panic, though. According to Educational Testing Service (ETS), you can take the test once per calendar month, although no more than six times within a 12-month period.
If you need to retake the test, spend some time analyzing the areas where you fell short and then create a plan to improve your score the next time. Examine your previous test scores. The numbers can tell you how close you were to passing each section of the test so you know which subject areas you need to learn more about in order to bring up your overall score. If you didn't pass because you just don't understand how to teach phonics or art history, spend extra time studying those areas.
Some people miss passing the test by 15 points or more. If that's the case, don't rush to retake the test. Enroll in a review course in order to increase your chances of passing the test on your next try. You may spend a little money on the class, but you'll save money in the long run because you won't have to take the test repeatedly. Sometimes test-takers who work together, are or were in the same college program, or go to the same church can form a study group. You can even look into hiring a personal tutor.
You may have argued with your spouse on the morning you took the test the first time. Maybe the baby contracted diarrhea the night before, or perhaps the chicken salad you ate didn't agree with your stomach. These factors may have contributed to your failure to pass the test. When test day rolls around again, try to minimize negative circumstances and know that the same ones aren't likely to reoccur. Take it again and the circumstances will probably be better.
Don't take the test while you are fatigued. Sleep deprivation can lead to failing test scores. Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before you're scheduled to take the test.