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Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)

A Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) can be used for admission to an alternative certification or post-baccalaureate educator preparation program (EPP). Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a preparation program. EPPs may have additional admission requirements.

The TExES exams are currently used as PACT exams. A new series of exams will be used for PACT candidates beginning in January 2020. The content of these new exams will be different from the TExES exams that are required to receive certification. Review key dates associated with the implementation of these new exams.

Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 227, opens in a new window requires a candidate to take and pass a PACT for admission into an EPP in the following cases:

  1. If the candidate has a GPA below a 2.5 or
  2. If the candidate has not completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the subject area of the certificate the candidate is seeking (15 hours if seeking certification in math or science above 7th grade).

A PACT is not required for candidates who meet the 2.5 GPA and have completed a minimum of either 12 or 15 semester credit hours of coursework.

EPPs may have local policies that require a candidate to pass a PACT as a requirement for admission, but those policies are local decisions. When considering a preparation program, candidates should ask that program whether the program requires PACT.

A candidate may take a PACT under the following conditions:

  • You must hold a bachelor's degree or be within the last semester of receiving a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university* to register for a PACT.
  • You have never been admitted to a Texas approved EPP, or you have been admitted but are transferring to a different EPP. If you are transferring to a different EPP, your current EPP must complete a Candidate Transfer Form opens in a new window. Submit your completed candidate transfer form through a TEA Help Desk ticket opens in a new window for assistance to activate PACT approval.
    • NOTE: If PACT approval is restored by TEA so that you may transfer to a new EPP, you may not return to an EPP in which you were previously enrolled.

For all PACT inquiries, candidates should submit a TEA Help Desk ticket opens in a new window.

Candidates taking TExES exams for PACT are limited to five testing attempts. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the certification examination and four retakes and include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and credit-by-examination [CBE]). Transferring to a different EPP does not change this policy requirement.

*See the U.S. Department of Education database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs opens in a new window.

  • Individuals seeking a certification other than classroom teacher (Educational Diagnostician, Principal as Instructional Leader, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, School Librarian, Superintendent, Master Teacher)
  • Individuals seeking a certification with specific skill and experience requirements (Health Science 6–12, Marketing 6–12, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6–12)
  • Individuals who want to take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 examination
  • Individuals holding teaching credentials in another state, U.S. territory, or country

Individuals in programs seeking certifications other than classroom teacher or certifications with specific skill and experience requirements still need test approval from their EPPs.

  • Braille
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Health Science 6–12
  • Marketing 6–12
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6–12
  • Principal as Instructional Leader
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • Superintendent
  • Visually Impaired

If a candidate will be taking PACT through the TExES program and holds a bachelor's degree or higher from a USDE accredited college, or is scheduled to receive a bachelor's degree before being placed in a classroom, the candidate can register online through the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. NOTE: Beginning January 27, 2020, candidates will be required to take a new series of PACT exams. The TExES certification exams will no longer be used for the PACT route after January 26, 2020.

Testing before January 27, 2020. Candidates taking a TExES exam for the PACT route should not create a TEA account prior to registering for an exam. A TEA profile and ID will be generated when you select "No" to the question "Do you have a TEA ID?".

Review information about creating a testing account, registering for an exam, and scheduling a testing appointment PDF.

Testing January 27, 2020, or later. For the new PACT exams, first-time testing candidates will need to create a TEA account and obtain a TEA ID number prior to registering for an exam. Once you have completed this step, you will go to the online registration system on this website and create a testing account. This new process will take effect when registration opens for the new PACT exams on January 21, 2020.

Learn about the new exams that will be administered to PACT candidates beginning January 27, 2020.

PACT test takers can view their score reports through their testing accounts on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Score reporting dates for the TExES and new PACT exams are available in the Scores section of the website.

Candidates who have been admitted into an EPP should contact their program for more information. Candidates who already have a TEA ID can contact TEA Educator Testing by submitting a TEA Help Desk ticket opens in a new window to have PACT approval added to their existing record.