Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Quick Test

ANNOUNCEMENT: The THEA QT has been discontinued as of December, 2014 and will be replaced by the iBT THEA in spring 2015.  Look for updates starting in February 2015


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 Quick Test is the same exam as the THEA, except the institution schedules the test dates rather than the testing company.  THEA Quick Test is offered at HBU about once each month.  Examinees have up to 5 hours to complete the exam.

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

THEA Quick Tests are scored by National Evaluation Systems (NES). Score reports are mailed to the student and are also issued to the college or university indicated by the student at the time of testing. The student must contact NES customer service directly at 1-866-565-4879 for any questions or problems that may occur. Results are typically mailed from the testing company to examinees 7 to 10 days after the test administration.

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: Test Preparation Quick Reference, practice tests, and order form for The Official THEA Study Guide, 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, Brown 281. 

Testing Schedule

Test Date Time Location

Registration and Payment
  • Register online now!
  • Two payments are required:
    • $30 paid to HBU at time of registration
    • $29 paid on test day to NES (credit card or check)
  • Test fees are non-refundable

Test Day Instructions
  • Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
  • Bring:
    • 2 forms of identification (one must be a current photo ID)
    • Bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils
    • copy of registration confirmation email
  • A calculator is NOT required, but if you bring one to the test, it MUST be a four-function, non-programmable calculator. See the THEA website for additional calculator specifications and restrictions. 

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 and test booklets, whether the examinee has payment (HBU and NES) and appropriate identification. 
  • Rescheduling - No reschedules are allowed.