New teachers are required by Urban Teachers and the state of Texas to complete a pre-professional test prior to the start of a teacher preparation program. However, this requirement can be fulfilled by meeting the undergraduate transcript credit requirement for your program of study.
If you have not completed a minimum of either 12 or 15 semester credit hours of coursework (depending on the content area) in the subject area of the certificate you are seeking, you must take the PACT exam. The Dallas team will evaluate every candidate's transcript, and let them know if they meet this requirement or not.
All candidates must complete the DFW entrance exam requirement to remain eligible to join our 2023 Cohort.
- Candidates (accepted prior to May 1st) must complete their testing and enrollment steps by May 8th, 2023
- Candidates (accepted on or after May 1st) must complete their testing steps by May 15th, 2023
After a candidate accepts their offer, Urban Teachers will review your transcript to determine if you meet the credit hour requirements as outlined by the state.
If your transcript does not meet the TEA criteria for your content area, you must take the PACT exam in that content area. We require candidates take these exams by their assigned testing and enrollment deadline to ensure they have time to get their results, and retake the exam if necessary.
What is being evaluated during a transcript review?
In a transcript review TEA is looking for candidates to have more than 12 credits that align with the core subjects for elementary, more than 12 ELA Credits and more than 15 Math credits on their transcript.
When counting credits we are allowed to consider the following for each program of study:
- Elementary: ELA, Math, History, Biology
- English: Any course that begins with ENGH or LIT(literature)
- Math: Any course that begins with MTH
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PACT EXAM?
First-time testing candidates must go to the TEA website to create a TEA Login (TEAL) account. When you create your account, you will complete an Educator Profile and obtain a TEA ID number.
Once you have obtained a TEA ID number, complete your exam registration here. Complete the general information required to create an account. You must have a TEA number provided in the step above. Select the correct test and complete registration requirements.
Your Resident Onboarding Specialist will provide you with an individual testing plan and can answer any exam registration questions.
ARE EXAMS OFFERED VIRTUALLY?
No. Unfortunately, PACT exams are not offered virtually. Testing centers are limited but located all over the United States.
HOW MUCH DOES THE EXAM COST?
$56 for one subtest in a single session
$106 for all three subtests in a single session
DOES URBAN TEACHERS OFFER FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE EXAM REQUIREMENT?
Upon request, Urban Teachers provides vouchers for exam registration and one retake if necessary. To request a voucher, please submit this form.
WHAT TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?
WHAT IF I NEED TO RETAKE MY EXAM?
If you do not pass any of the sections of the PACT exam, you can sign up to retake it. If, upon completion of the entire exam, you do not pass one or more subtests, you are eligible to retake
- a single subtest if you passed the other two subtests, or
- the overall exam if you did not pass two or more subtests.
You must wait 30 days, not including your initial test date, before a retake can be attempted. During that time, we recommend you review the test preparation materials provided by Urban Teachers.
- PACT #717- English Language Arts 4-8