Urban Teachers and the states in which we serve students requires new teachers to complete a pre-professional test prior to the start of a teacher preparation program. For Dallas/Fort Worth, we ask that you complete either the Core Subjects EC-6; the Secondary ELAR, grades 4-8 or 7-12 or Secondary Math, grades 4-8 or 7-12.
You must take and pass these tests no later than May 21, 2018. Upon evidence of passing the PACT and getting accepted into Johns Hopkins University, you will be officially accepted into Urban Teachers. The Dallas/Fort Worth Cohort will receive this letter upon arriving on the first day of Summer Institute.
State exams need to be passed prior to attending Summer Institute (mid-June 2018) to join our 2018 cohort. Below is some additional information and resources regarding these exams:
Acceptable Tests and Passing Scores
Elementary Education Program:
- Core Subjects EC-6 #291
Secondary Mathematics Program:
- Mathematics (4-8) #115 OR
- Mathematics (7-12) #235
Secondary Literacy Program:
- English Language Arts and Reading (4-8) #117 OR
- English Language Arts and Reading (7-12) #231
Content test #231 English Language Arts 7-12 is only available on the following dates.
- September 16 - September 23 (must register before September 1, 2017)
- November 11 - November 18 (must register before October 27, 2017)
- January 6 - January 13 (must register before December 22, 2018)
- February 24 - March 3 (must register before February 9, 2018)
- April 14 - April 21 (must register before March 30, 2018)
*If you cannot take this content exam during these dates, please sign up for the #117 English Language Arts 4-8 exam instead. If you plan on taking the #231 exam after April, your scores will not come in on time. Therefore, you must also sign up for the #117 exam to start June 2018.
To pass the PACT, the passing score on all of the exams is a 240 out of a possible 300. On PACT exam #291, EC-6, you must receive a 240 on each section of the test.
When to Sign Up
You should sign up to take your state exam within 10 days of receiving a Letter of Intent from Urban Teachers.
Register for a test here. You will be a "New User" with "No TEA ID". For those not required to have a TEA ID, select pre-admission content tests.
Cost of Exams
The cost of a PACT exam is $131 (plus tax).
For accepted Cohort 2018 members, Urban Teachers will reimburse candidates for state exams based on financial need. This includes PACT tests, retakes, additional resources (if you have trouble passing the test). You must complete a financial need request form given to applicants after signing the “Letter of Intent” form. These supports are very limited and are offered based on need and order of requests, so act fast! We also have free online, on demand courses available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
We recommend that you view our webinar to learn more about testing requirements.
We also recommend that you review practice questions and study materials before taking the test. The resources below are all free.
- PACT #117- English Language Arts 4-8
Failing or Retaking an Exam
If you fail any of the sections of the PACT exam, you can sign up to retake it. You would only need to retake the portion that you failed or consider taking a different test, but you must wait 45 days before ETS.org would allow a retest for the same content exam.