Test Registration and Preparation

Testing vendors administer tests. You must have the approval to test unless you are a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) candidate.

TEA does not review or endorse test preparation material beyond what the testing company may have on its website. For assistance with test preparation, contact an Educator Preparation Program, school district, or a regional service center.

Testing Vendors

There are currently three testing vendors for obtaining Texas certification.


Pearson (outside source) administers the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the TX PACT (Pre-Admission content test), the edTPA pilot exams, and the Texas Assessment of Sign Communications (TASC and TASC-ASL).

Phone, email, and chat support are available through the Pearson Customer Contact Center using the information found on the Contact Us page on the program website.

    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (outside source), through its testing division Language Testing International (LTI) (outside source), administers tests in a number of languages for Texas teachers, for use with Bilingual Education and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) certificates. Each language certificate requires an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and a Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). LTI cannot send scores to TEA for exams that are older than five years.

    The Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) will not be accepted in place of the OPI.

    Call LTI at 1-800-486-8444 for registration assistance.

    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

    Foreign Language and Bilingual Exams

    Arabic - LOTE and Bilingual Korean - LOTE only
    Chinese (Mandarin) - LOTE and Bilingual           Portuguese - LOTE only
    Hindi - LOTE only Russian - LOTE only
    Italian - LOTE only Turkish - LOTE only
    Japanese - LOTE and Bilingual Vietnamese - LOTE and Bilingual          
    Texas passing standards on ACTFL tests (PDF, 43 KB)

    Applicants needing to take a PACT exam in Arabic, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, or Vietnamese must have an EPP submit their request to TEA through the Help Desk.


    ETS  administers the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL).

    Call ETS at 1-855-628-5088 for assistance. You can also email ETS at pasl@ets.org