Important Changes About the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) in 2020

Important Changes About the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) in 2020

Effective January 27, 2020

The Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) exams are a group of exams taken only by individuals looking to get admitted into certain Texas Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs). This is referred to as the PACT method for Texas teacher certification.

While not all EPPs require a PACT test in order to be admitted, it’s important that new applicants into a teacher’s EPP are aware of the most recent changes.

The Texas Education Agency announced a set of changes in their programs admission process affecting some teacher certification programs following the PACT method.

Effective Jan 2020, all teachers in the state of Texas must complete a passing score (demonstrate subject-matter knowledge) in the corresponding PACT Test (if applicable), prior to being admitted to an EPP that requires a PACT exam.

Before Jan 27th, 2020, TExES certification requirements included both subject-matter as well as pedagogical-content knowledge test areas. Basically giving the test taker freedom to skip a subject-matter only exam via the TExES exam.

In conclusion, prior to January 27, 2020, a test score from the PACT could count for program admission and teacher certification. Beginning January 27th, a PACT can only be used for program admission into EPPs that require it.

When is PACT required?

By law, an applicant seeking admission into an EPP is required to take a PACT exam if the applicant:

  • Has a GPA below 2.5
  • Has not completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the subject area of the certificate the applicant is seeking

Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or in the final semesters of receiving a degree may take a PACT.

For further information please visit TEA Pre-Admission Content Test.