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The PACT Test

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What is it?

Effective January 27, 2020

PACT stands for “Pre-Admission Content Test”. These tests can be  used by educator preparation programs (EPPs) – or teacher certification programs- in the state of Texas for program admission purposes.

Basically, the PACT is a test that some educator preparation programs in Texas use as part of their admission process.

Beginning January 27, 2020, a new series of exams will be released specifically for individuals gaining entry into Educator Preparation Programs that require a PACT score. There is a different PACT exam for each subject area teachers can become certified in, and the test content is different than the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) certification exams. There are 35 different PACT exams, including an Essential Academic Skills exam – so a person wanting to teach high school Mathematics will take a different PACT exam than a person who hopes to get certified in 4-8 Social Studies.

One thing to note about the new PACT exams is that there is no content related specifically to teaching, or pedagogy. This was a point of contention with the previous PACT structure since it used the same TExES exams used in the educator certification process.

Prior to January 27, 2020

The PACT or “Pre-Admission Content Test” allowed individuals in Texas to take a Texas teacher certification exam prior to being admitted into a Texas Educator Preparation Program. Before the release of the PACT exam series in January of 2020, test-takers used the same exams used for the teacher certification process.

Who is it for?

Effective January 27, 2020

The PACT exams are a unique set of exams used only for individuals seeking admittance to an Educator Preparation Program in Texas.

IMPORTANT: Not all Educator Preparation Program require a PACT exam for admission. Please contact your prospective Educator Preparation Program to see if they require a PACT exam.

Prior to January 27, 2020

Before January 27, 2020 the PACT allowed individuals to take their TExES (the official educator certification exam) prior to admission into a Texas Educator Preparation Program.

Basically, prior to January 27, 2020, a test score from the PACT could count for program admission and teacher certification. After January 27, 2020 the PACT can only be used for program admission.

How does it affect me?

It most likely does not.


If you are seeking admission into a Texas Educator Preparation Program that requires the PACT exam after January 27, 2020, then this change affects you.

If you have already taken and passed your TExES exam – it won’t affect you.

If you are already admitted into a Texas Educator Preparation Program – it won’t affect you.

If you are a certified teacher in the state of Texas- it won’t affect you. 

How do I know I need to take it?

The easiest way to find out is by contacting your Educator Preparation Program.

Unfortunately, for those reading this between December 2019 and February 2020 there is a lot of confusion about the PACT and you might get conflicting information from your Educator Preparation Program.

The best thing to do is have any answer you receive from your Educator Preparation Program emailed to you, so you have it in writing and can refer back to it to determine whether or not you need to take a PACT exam.

While you’re doing that, you should also verify which PACT exam your prospective Educator Preparation Program requires since the new exam series offers content-specific exams. It would be terrible to study for and pass a PACT exam that your potential Educator Preparation Program doesn’t accept or one that won’t allow you to gain the teaching certification you want.

How do I register?

Registration for the new PACT exams will open January 21, 2020 and testing will begin January 27, 2020.

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. –

Which test do I take?

You would need to contact your desired educator preparation program to see which exact test they recommend you take.

How do I prepare for a PACT exam?

This is the easiest answer of all – use a 240 Tutoring study guide!

Every 240 Tutoring study guide is aligned to the published PACT standards, has the most authentic, aligned questions of any resource on the market, and comes with a guarantee of passing.

Take a look at every PACT study guide we offer AND take a free practice test: