Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Internet-Based Test 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The THEA QT (paper/pencil) has been discontinued as of December, 2014 and was replaced by the IBT THEA.

General

The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is a tool used to evaluate the English, Mathematics, and Writing skills of freshman-level students, gauging the readiness of Texas students for college-level work.

The THEA Internet-Based Test (IBT) is an electronic version of the THEA written test. BEFORE registering for the test, examinees are required to create an account on the THEA website (https://thea.starttest.com/). THEA IBT is offered at HBU about once each month.  Examinees have up to 4 hours to complete the exam.


Exam Description
THEA IBT has three sections: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. If a section is started, then it is scored, but the examinee may take the test sections in any order. It is the examinee's responsibility to know which section(s) of the exam they must take. View exam description details


Scores
THEA IBT is scored by Pearson Evaluation Systems. Score reports are available for the student to view through their THEA account as soon as the exam is scored, which can take up to 10 minutes after the exam is finished. Students will also receive a printed copy of their score report after the examination. In some instances, the writing section may take up to 2 business days to score. Students will not receive a printed copy in these instances, but will be able to check their score reports online after the 2 business days.

HBU students are encouraged to follow up with the Office of Registrar (for meeting reading proficiency graduation requirement) and/or School of Education (if applying for education program) after receiving notification of their scores. Students may check in their Huskynet account to see if the reading proficiency graduation requirement has been met (degree evaluation).


Test Preparation
Available from the THEA website: online practice tests and study guides, written by National Evaluation Systems, developer of the THEA test. A limited number of THEA Study Guides are available for checkout (HBU students only) in Testing Services, located in the Moody Library. 

Students can also access a free sample test using their THEA account at http://THEA.starttest.com and selecting the "About the THEA Practice Test" button. This sample practice test is meant to highlight the features of the full-length practice test available on the THEA website.


Testing Schedule


Test Date Time Location
February 14, 2015 8:00 AM Atwood II, 101
March 21, 2015 8:00 AM Atwood II, 101
April 25, 2015 8:00 AM Atwood II, 101
 

Registration and Payment
  • Register online now!
  • Two payments are required:
    • $30 paid to HBU at time of registration
    • $29 paid online to Pearson Evaluation System (VISA or MasterCard). This can be done on the day of the test, but it is highly recommended that students pay this fee BEFORE the test date. Students pay through their THEA account at http://THEA.starttest.com.
  • Test fees are non-refundable


Test Day Instructions
  • Arrive 30 minutes early for check-in.
  • Bring:
    • 2 forms of identification (one must be a current photo ID)
    • copy of registration confirmation email
  • Calculators and cell phones are NOT permitted in the testing center during the test.
  • Food and drink are not permitted during testing
Other Policies

All examinees testing at Houston Baptist University are responsible for knowing and following all the Test Center Policies.
 
  • Prohibited items - Do not bring these items into the testing room.
  • Refunds - No refunds are given, including no shows, late arrivals.
  • Retesting - THEA requires waiting 30 days before retesting.  Testing less than 30 days will result in exam not being scored and no refund or credit for the exam.
  • Standby testing - Standbys MAY be admitted at the discretion of the test administrator. Criteria under consideration will include whether there is available space, whether the examinee has payment (HBU and Evaluation System) and appropriate identification. 
  • Rescheduling - No reschedules are allowed.