About Texes PACT

Mission

Our mission is to help you start your dream career as a teacher. The state of Texas hires over 50,000 teachers every year. This represents an enormous opportunity for you! The best part is that you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree! We can help anyone pass the teacher certification exam. With our background in education, we know what it takes to be a successful teacher. We provide quality training so that you can finally have a career you love.

Vision

If you’re looking for a great new career as a teacher, we can help you make it happen. You don’t even need a college degree! Registered nurses, police officers, licensed plumbers, Microsoft certified professionals, and more have all started a teaching career with our assistance. If you’re currently a student, you can take the test now and hit the ground running when you graduate.

FAQs

Learn more about the tools you need to pass your teacher certification exam!

  • Can I go directly into a Teacher Certification Program without enrolling in TEXES PACT?

    Not necessarily. TEA/SBEC changed its rules effective September 1, 2017. As a result, no candidate may enter the classroom as the teacher of record without passing their content TEXES exam. This means that EPP programs are not allowing students to enroll directly into their programs without having passed their content exam. This is why you need TEXES PACT pre-admission content test preparation. We will prepare you for the exam, and help guide you through the process so that you can enter the EPP of your choice without any hiccups.

  • How long does it take to complete the TEXES PACT program before being admitted into a Teacher Certification Program?

    In most cases, a motivated candidate can be in a classroom as a certified teacher in 3 months, assuming they have passed the appropriate content TEXES exam.

  • How many times can you take the TExES exam?

    Anyone wishing to teach in Texas needs to pass the TExES. It is a mandatory criterion for eligibility. Usually, teachers enrolled in EPP or educator preparation programs take the test at the end of the course to get certified. However, there is a limit to the number of attempts a candidate can make. TExES can be taken once only. Furthermore, there are just 4 retakes. So, there are 5 chances for any candidate taking the certification exam.

    If for some reason you require more test attempts, you need to apply to the Texas Education Agency for a 5-time limit waiver. It increases their chances of retaking the TExES by a single attempt per application. An educator must fulfill all waiver requirements (coursework, teaching experience, seminar, etc) for their application to be accepted.

    Test takers may submit an application no sooner than 45 days of the last unsuccessful TExES attempt. An eCommerce charge of $4 in addition to the application fee of $160 is to be paid for the request to be processed.

  • What is the passing score for the TExES exam?

    All candidates taking the test score between 100 and 300 points. In order to pass, they have to score a minimum of 240 points on the rating scale. Score reports show whether a candidate has secured a ‘Passed’ or a “Not Passed” status.

    TExES exam responses are categorized into 2 types: Fixed-response and constructed-response. Every correct fixed-response earns 1 raw score point. Every constructed-response is assessed by trained scorers who use calibrated rubrics to interpret those responses and assign a score. Scores are then converted on a standardized scale. Candidates should try to answer as many questions as possible since there is no negative marking. They are not penalized for inaccurate responses.

  • What does the PACT test consist of?

    The PACT consists of questions on content areas. This test is meant to asses an educator’s mastery over the subject matter they have set out to teach. Content areas include mathematics, social sciences, science and technology, languages, industrial education, trade, marketing, journalism, art, music, theatre, physical education, and related school subjects. They are prepared according to the grades the educators wish to teach.

    After recent revisions to the test syllabus, there are no questions set on pedagogical knowledge. The pre-admission test helps teachers get certified in more than 50 content areas in Texas schools.

  • How many questions can you miss on the TExES exam?

    There are a minimum of 90 questions in any TExES test. The number may go up to 150 for some content areas. Since TExES varies for different content areas, candidates may also find essays and other broad questions. It is not advisable to miss out on questions since wrong answers do not attract penalties. Hence your score will not be lowered if any response is inaccurate. It is best to try as many questions as possible within the stipulated time. Teachers will usually get 5 hours to finish the paper. The goal would be to score above 240.

  • Once I finish paying the program fees, do I have to pay them again after a certain time has passed.

    No. On the contrary once a candidate passes their content exam it is possible to have the fees he/she paid credited. (Ask us how this works).

  • Is there a limit to the number of times I can challenge the TEXES content exam?

    Yes, you are limited by the state of Texas to a total of 5 tries per exam. The good news is that TEXES PACT will help prepare you to challenge the exam. While most test prep consists of only a book or one type of study material, TEXES PACT uses varied materials that will fill the learning gaps to help increase your chance of success.

  • Is there a time limit to complete the TEXES PACT program?

    There is no time limit and we will offer a variety of material for you to study.

  • How long do you have to wait to retake the TExES exam?

    You can retake the TExES for up to 4 times in addition to writing it once. Before you can retake the exam, you have to wait for a period of at least 45 days. Most content areas are up for testing all year round. If you try to retake it before 45 days is up, your test scores may be invalidated.

    On the other hand, there is no timeframe within which you are forced to write the exam again. It is at your discretion.

  • Is the teacher certification test hard?

    TExES exams check a candidate’s content knowledge, as well as competencies in pedagogy, professional practices, roles and responsibilities and you, are allowed only 5 attempts. As such it is a vast area and does seem daunting. In order to get a passing grade, candidates can take help from the official test manual for detailed and accurate instructions and test strategies. The official testing body, the Texas Education Agency or TEA issues a certified handbook for the benefit of test-takers.

    Your educator preparatory program can help you find out training needs and develop self-paced study plans to manage your study time efficiently.

  • How much does the PACT test cost?

    PACT or the Pre Admission Content Test is a mandatory exam for aspiring educators. It is a pre-requisite for enrollment to EPP courses. The cost of testing varies. There is, however, a standard fee applicable for all test takers. One PACT attempt costs $116 per candidate.

    If you choose to attempt the test in more than one content area, your costs would be revised. Similarly, if a candidate is unable to clear the admission test in a single attempt and requires more chances, they may pay an additional fee for each attempt as per rules. If you are enrolled with an educator program get in touch with them to find the exact amount that needs to be paid. You may also want to find out if any waiver is available or applicable.

  • How long does it take to get PACT scores?

    PACT exam responses are checked with automated scoring. PACT scores are computerized. If test takers attempt the fixed-response test format with multiple-choice questions, test results are reported quicker. Usually, it is available in a week’s time.

    There is another format. If you take the constructed-response test where you have to write or speak your answers, test scores are calculated slower. Your responses are graded by professional scorers so that they reflect a truer picture of your capabilities as an educator. In this case, test scores are obtained in no more than three weeks.

  • How long does it take to get PACT scores back?

    Before anyone can take the PACT or the TExES, they have to register at the testing agency’s website and create an account. PACT reports are available on this account as soon as it has been scored. For both the computer-based and paper-based test, scores should not take more 4-6 weeks at the maximum. There may be delays, though, is there is a request for score revision, new exam patterns, or errors in registration or fee payment. An additional fee is charged for every review request.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays are often the score-release dates so make sure to check back. If you are already doing an EPP, your school would mail you the result as soon as it is out.

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