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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.
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. Candidates must contact TEA Educator Certification and Testing at (512) 936-8400, Option 2 for assistance to activate PACT approval.
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.
Individuals in programs seeking certifications other than classroom teacher or certifications with specific skill and experience requirements still need test approval from their EPPs.
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.
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 EPPAdmin@ets.org 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).
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.
If individuals have been admitted into an EPP, they should contact their program for more information. If individuals have not been admitted into an EPP, they may contact TEA at 512-936-8400. The following publications should also be helpful.