Taking Texas Teacher Certification Exam Prior to Admission

How to take a Content Test prior to enrollment into an Educator Preparation Program

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, you are allowed to take the Content Test through Educational Testing Services (ETS) via the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT).

shutterstock_151206914.jpgPre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) allow individuals to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas.  Tests taken through the PACT route are the same tests used for educator certification.

PACT Test Registration

To register for a PACT, use the ETS Online Registration System:


When you access the ETS online registration system for the first time, you will be required to create an ETS testing account.  To establish an ETS testing account, you will need to provide your:

  • TEA ID number*
  • first and last name
  • date of birth

*Your TEA ID Number

If you do not have a TEA ID number, do not create a profile on TEA:

  1. From the ETS
  2. Select New User.
  3. SelectNo TEA ID.
  4. Select the PACT option, which will generate a TEA profile and ID.

If you already have a TEA ID, contact TEA at (512) 936-8400, Option 2 to have PACT approval added to your existing record.

Quick Start guide for New User Account Creation:


Further PACT Information can be viewed here:


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