Certification Testing

All Certification Testing

For candidates to be eligible to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), they must have completed the approved certification program requirements for each examination they wish to take. Expectations for approval are listed under each program below.  Individuals should consult with the program coordinator for their specific requirements.


PACT stands for Pre-Admission Content Test.  This test allows you to demonstrate a firm grasp of the content area knowledge in the subject you are teaching and can be used for admission to an alternative certification or post-baccalaureate educator preparation program. Tests taken through the PACT route are currently the same tests used for certification.  Learn more about PACT expectations for our Graduate Teacher Certification programs.

Law requires a candidate to take and pass a PACT for admission into an EPP in the following cases:

  1. If the candidate has a GPA below a 2.5 or
  2. If the candidate has not completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the subject area of the certificate the candidate is seeking (15 hours if seeking certification in math or science above 7th grade).

A PACT is not required for candidates who meet the 2.5 GPA and have completed a minimum of either 12 or 15 semester credit hours of coursework.  Need more information about who takes this exam? Read more here.

Read more about how to Register for PACT. Please note, you do not need program approval for the PACT. 

Preparation Resources

The following are low cost or no cost recommended resources for study and preparation.   

TExES Preparation Manuals - Provides a breakdown of the exams, strategies for taking the exams, and sample questions with rationales. Each certification exam has its own Preparation Manual.

TExES Student Profile Worksheet - Designed to gather information that may help you prepare for your certification exams.

TEKS Standards - The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are the standards that your state certification exams are testing you over. Do you know what TEKS you will be responsible to teach or how to align them to each grade level? Being familiar with the TEKS will not only help you on your exams, but will help prepare you for your teaching career.

240 Tutoring - Online, comprehensive study guides, flashcards, and practice exams that are guaranteed to prepare a student for their certification exams. The normal price is $39.99/mo. You can cancel at any time.

Certify Teacher - Interactive practice exams, study materials, flashcards, and more. (Has School Counselor Practice Exam)

Study.com - Videos, quizzes, and study guides for educator candidates in Core EC-6, Business 6-12, Health EC-12, Math 4-8 and 7-12, History 7-12, Science 7-12, Music EC-12, PPR EC-12, School Counseling and more. 

CrashCourse - Short YouTube videos on various subjects such as history, science, and economics. 

Khan Academy - Free online review and study for subjects in Math, History, Grammar, Science, and more.

PPR EC-12 Video Review - Video with 40 sample PPR EC-12 exam questions and answer rationales. Take the quiz along with the narrator, pausing after each question and answer choice is given, then resume play after you have selected your answer to hear the correct answer choice and rationale. 

Interactive Practice Exams - Interactice exam simulation featuring sample exam questions, comprehensive, immediate feedback on your performance, and a realistic online experience similar to an actual computer-administered testing environment. $10 fee applies to all practice exams.

Study.com TExES Scholarship- Candidates who use Study.com to prepare for their certification exams have an opportunity to win a scholarship that will help cover the costs of certification exams. 

T-CERT - Texas Certification Exam Review created to help TExES candidates pass their certification exams. $30 for 60 day access to all modules on the site. Current modules include: Core EC-6, Math 4-8, Math 7-12, Science 4-8, Science 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, PPR EC-12, Special Education EC-12, ESL Supplemental, and BTLPT.  

Math 4-8 Preparation - University of Houston's TExES 4-8 Mathematics Preparation Site is a free resource that provides you with access to over 20 different online quizzes which cover a wide range of mathematical topics and concepts, based around the TExES 4-8 Mathematics Competencies. You do NOT need to be a University of Houston student to access these quizzes.

Quizlet - Learning tools and flashcards for a variety of TExES exams. Search by your exam name and number (ex. TExES Core Subjects EC-6 291) to find various resources.

StudyBlue - Create, share, and study flashcards for any subject. StudyBlue is the largest crowdsourced study library, with over 400 million flashcards, notes, and study guides created by other students around the world.

XAM Online - Offers a selection of preparation books and practice questions for TExES certification exams. 

Mometrix - Offers a selection of study guides and flash cards for TExES certification exams.

Pass the TExES - Offers books and e-books for a wide selection of TExES certification exams.

IRIS - Modules and topics covering information about assessment, dyslexia, reading comprehension, and more.

BTLPT Study Sessions

We are hosting BTLPT Study Sessions for current students and alumni. Please sign up 24 hours in advance.  Please arrive 10 minutes early and bring your attendance verification.

Certify Teacher Access

Through the support of Project BECAS (Bilingual Educators for Communities and Schools), our School of Education is able to offer Certify Teacher access to undergraduates for their core content exam, PPR, and supplemental exam. 

How do I get access?

At program entry, all students will automatically be given account access.  Students who need help accessing their account can email Sheetal.Kumar@untdallas.edu with their untdallas email address and a list of the exams to access.

Where do I login?

Visit the login to your program page on Certify Teacher.  If you need help with your password, please follow the directions listed on the site.

Which exams can I find support for on the Certify Teacher site?

Certify Teacher offers practice exams and practice questions for most certification tests.  Visit their site for a comprehensive list.

How can I use Certify Teacher?

Certify Teacher is a great resource for diagnosing your areas of strength and focus as you begin your preparation for state licensure examinations.  The online, timed practice test will give you a sense of the testing experience and the results will help shape your study plan as you prepare for another representative exam and for the real test.