Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)

What Is a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)?

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

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Who Can Take PACT?

With policy updates effective October, 2016, 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 test for purposes of admission into the following types of EPPs: alternative certification programs, university alternative certification programs or university post baccalaureate programs (without content courses). 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 Candidate Transfer Form. For all PACT inquiries, candidates should submit a Help Desk ticket.

NOTE: Candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification test. 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 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.

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Who Can't Take PACT?

  • 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 (PPR) EC-12 examination
  • Undergraduates seeking initial teacher certification
  • Individuals holding teaching credentials in another state, U.S. territory or country

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Which Tests Can't Be Taken Under PACT?

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 tests

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PACT Testing in States Other Than Texas

Individuals who live outside the state of Texas, but wish to take PACT for the purpose of entering an EPP in Texas, can test under the PACT program. If they live in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Puerto Rico and Mexico, they can test under the TExES PACT program if the test they require is offered.

In all other areas, the following Praxis II® tests can be taken under the PACT program.

    • Biology Content Knowledge (5235)
    • Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)
    • English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039)
    • General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)
    • Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
    • Middle School English Language Arts (5047)
    • Middle School Mathematics (5169)
    • Middle School Science (5440)
    • Middle School Social Studies (5089)
    • Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)

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How to Register

Texas PACT
PACT candidates testing through the TExES program can register through their testing account in the online registration system unless they do not have a Social Security Number (SSN). If that is the case, they need to contact and request that a PACT profile with a "P" SSN be created.

Further registration instructions, including what information candidates without SSNs should include when requesting a PACT profile with a "P" SSN, are in the flyerInformation for Candidates Regarding Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) (PDF).

Praxis® Tests
Registration for a Praxis® test for the purpose of being admitted into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas must be done through the Praxis online registration system. Registration by mail is not available for Praxis PACT candidates. See the Praxis Texas PACT website for further information.

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PACT Scores

Texas PACT

  • Paper score reports are not sent to test takers.
  • PACT test takers can view their score reports through their testing accounts on this website. Scores are available on the score reporting dates listed in the Registration Bulletins and on this website.
  • EPPs can view scores in the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP).

Praxis Tests

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Further Information and Resources

If you have been admitted into an EPP, you should contact your program for more information. If you already have a TEA ID, contact TEA Educator Testing by submitting a Help Desk ticket to have PACT approval added to your existing record. The following publications should also be helpful.

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