Test Approval

You must be approved to register for tests.

Pre-Admission Content Testing

You may attempt Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) to demonstrate content mastery if you have never been admitted to a Texas-approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and you hold a bachelor’s degree or greater from an accredited university.

Candidates in Educator Preparation Programs

You must be approved by your EPP to test.

Additional Certification by Exam

If you hold a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree you may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate test.

Out-of-State and Out-of-Country Testing

If you hold teaching credentials from another state or country you must apply for a review of credentials for testing approval.

Charter School Testing

To fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal requirement to be highly qualified, charter school teachers must demonstrate content mastery in their assignment.

  • Testing is limited to core content areas defined by NCLB.
  • Registration is completed at Educational Testing Service (outside source). You will see a list of eligible tests in your ETS account. You do not need a TEA account to register as a charter school candidate.