What is the difference between PACT and TExES?
TExES is an acronym for Texas Examination of Educator Standards. PACT is an acronym for Pre-Admission Content Test. TExES and PACT are the same test. The PACT is taken as part of the application process.
What is PACT?
PACT is an acronym for Pre-Admission Content Test. Texas allows individuals to pass a TExES content test to demonstrate mastery of their subject areal prior to program admission. The TPC program requires most certification areas to take a PACT as part of the application process.
Who is eligible to take the PACT?
You must have at least a bachelor’s degree before you are permitted to take the PACT.
You are not eligible for a PACT if you have not graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree, although you may apply to our program at the beginning of the semester you graduate. You will take the TExES later in the process.
You are also not eligible for a PACT if you have already been accepted into a program. Your program will need to issue approval for a TExES test. All program participants must receive TExES testing approval from the program in which they are enrolled.
What is the difference between a PBT and a CAT?
The PBT is a Paper-Based Test (TExES) and the CAT is a Computer Administered Test (TExES) . Some certification area tests are offered as both CAT and PBT. When possible, take the CAT because the scores are usually available within 5 - 6 days, while it takes approximately 30 days for the PBT scores to be delivered. You will see either CAT or PBT after the test name when you register.
Currently, the PBT is offered 3 times a year for all tests. It is offered fewer times each year as more CATs become available. CATs are offered 7 days each week of the year, depending on testing location.
Click here for a schedule of the upcoming Paper Based Tests.
Are there certification areas exempt from taking a PACT?
There is not a PACT for the following certifications:
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health Science Technology
Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science
Trades and Industrial Education
If accepted into the program based on coursework, licensure, and/or work experience, guidance regarding the appropriate test and test approval will be given after acceptance.
Important Note: Exemption from a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) does not exempt participants from passing a state-required test or tests prior to certification.