Texas Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)

In October 2008, the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) approved changes to Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §227.10 (a)(3)(C) that allow degreed individuals who have not been formally admitted into an Educator Preparation Program to take Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas.

Who Can Take PACT?

If you hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have not yet been formally admitted into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas, you can register to take a content test for purposes of admission into the following types of Educator Preparation Programs:

  • alternative certification programs
  • university alternative certification programs
  • university post baccalaureate programs (without content courses)

Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a program. Educator Preparation Programs may have additional admission requirements.

Please keep in mind that specific content tests may be required to show Highly Qualified status for placement purposes. Please refer to TEA's No Child Left Behind office for updated guidance on Highly Qualified requirements.

If you live in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico or Mexico, you can take PACT through the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™ (TExES™) program if the tests you wish to take are offered in your area.

If you live outside the state of Texas, you can take PACT for the purpose of entering an Educator Preparation Program in Texas.

Taking PACT Outside the State of Texas

If the tests you wish to take are not offered through the TExES program, or you do not live in an area where TExES tests are offered, certain Praxis II® tests can be taken.

Which Praxis® Tests Can Be Taken?

  • 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)

Passing Scores

  • Passing scores are dependent upon the state where you test.
  • Not all states calculate passing scores for all tests. If there is no indication of your passing status on your score report, see the passing score for your state.

Score Recipients

Your score report will be sent to any designated score recipients.

  • If you test in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia or Wyoming a copy of your scores will automatically be sent to that state's teacher credentialing agency.
  • You must add Code 8330 TX PRE-ADM CONTENT TSTS (PACT) as a score recipient so your scores will be reported to the state of Texas.

Score Reports

Scores are reported approximately four weeks after a test.

  • Paper score reports are not mailed to test takers.
  • You may access your PACT scores via your account on the Praxis online registration system.

How to Register

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 PACT candidates.

During the registration process, you must add Code 8330 TX PRE-ADM CONTENT TSTS (PACT) as a score recipient so your scores will be reported to the state of Texas. If you do not do this, your scores will not be reported.

When you are ready to register, go to the Praxis online registration system.


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