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Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)

A Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) can be used to obtain admission into an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Exams taken through the PACT route are the same exams used for certification. Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a program. EPPs may have additional admission requirements.

Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university* or are scheduled to receive a bachelor's degree before being placed in a classroom are allowed to take a content exam for purposes of admission into the following types of EPPs: alternative certification programs, university alternative certification programs, or university post-baccalaureate programs. An individual may not be placed in a classroom as a teacher of record under this section until receiving a bachelor's degree. Also, candidates may take a PACT if they have never been admitted to a Texas-approved EPP or are transferring to a different EPP. If a candidate is transferring to a different EPP, the candidate's current EPP must complete a TEA Candidate Transfer Form opens in a new window. For all PACT inquiries, candidates should submit a Help Desk ticket opens in a new window .

NOTE: Candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification exam. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the 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, 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
  • Undergraduates seeking initial teacher certification
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • Superintendent
  • All Master Teacher certification exams

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.

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

NOTE: Candidates should not create a TEA account prior to registering for a test taken via PACT.

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 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 Help Desk ticket opens in a new window to have PACT approval added to their existing record.