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 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 11, 2020. Upon evidence of passing the PACT and getting accepted into Johns Hopkins University, you will be officially accepted into Urban Teachers. The Dallas 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 2020) to join our 2020 cohort. We suggest taking any exams before March 2020 to confirm you have met the requirement or allow retakes for the May deadline requirement for passing scores. Below is some additional information and resources regarding these exams:
Acceptable Tests and Passing Scores:
*If you are open to any program of study, we encourage you to join the Elementary Education Program to meet the needs of our school partners and students.
If at any time you cannot take the ELAR #731 during the content exam testing dates, please feel free to sign up for the #717 English Language Arts 4-8 exam instead.
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 for Elementary candidates. Secondary candidates (ELA and Math) must wait to sign up until new tests are available January 21, 2020.
Register for a test here. Find the section "Register", click "Register Now", and "Create a new account now". Enter your email, password and security questions. It will ask you "Do you have a TEA ID", answer "No". Click next and put in your Required Candidate Information. For "Testing Route" select "Pre-Admission Content Test". Use this Getting Started Guide to walk you through each step.
Cost of Exams
The cost of a PACT exam is $106-116 (plus tax).
For accepted Cohort 2020 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.
Urban Teachers designed the Prep4PACT course to support future teachers with math preparation for the Pre-Admissions Content Test for elementary and secondary educators. The two-module course provides applicants with relevant resources and information to become knowledgeable about the format and content of the examinations.
We also recommend that you review practice questions and study materials before taking the test. The resources below are all free.
- PACT #717- English Language Arts 4-8
Retaking an Exam
If you do not pass 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 did not pass or consider taking a different test, but you must wait 45 days before would allow a retest for the same content exam. ( http://www.tx.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_RetakePolicy.html )