Reading Proficiency Exam


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A passing score on the Reading Proficiency Exam satisfies the undergraduate degree requirement for reading proficiency. Read the Proficiency Requirements from HBU catalog

Exam Description

The Reading Proficiency Exam (RPE) is a pre-THEA exam, which covers the reading section only.  It is a one hour pass/fail exam with several reading selections and 24 multiple-choice questions.  A passing score requires 17 correct responses (out of 24).


Test results (pass or fail) are automatically sent to the Office of the Registrar, who enters the official scores in Banner.  Students may check in their Huskynet account to see if the reading proficiency graduation requirement has been met. View instructions on accessing the RPE score report.

Test Preparation Materials

Since RPE is a pre-THEA exam, THEA test preparation materials are also appropriate to utilize for RPE. A limited number of THEA Study Guides are available for check out from Testing Services, Moody Library, 1st Floor.  One must be a currently enrolled HBU student in order to check out resources. The THEA website also offers some practice exercises.

Testing Schedule, Spring 2017:

The Reading Proficiency Exam is offered on a regular basis on Mondays at 11:00 am and Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  Not all Mondays and Thursday are available, thus when you go into register for the exam, the dates and times will show on the registration calendar.  The testing schedule will begin Monday, January 23 and go through May 4, 2017.

Deadline to register: 2 days before exam
1 hour exam.  Arrive 15 minutes prior to start time listed.

Closed test dates:
Test dates are taken offline when all seats are filled and when the registration deadline (2 days prior to test date) is past. See standby testing information below.

Registration and Payment
  • Include your Huskynet user ID number (H#) when you register. Please insure it is correct in order for your scores to be accurately reported. (I do not know my Huskynet user ID number.)
  • Testing fee is $28.50, paid at time of registration.
  • Testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Test Day Instructions
  •  Arrive 15 minutes prior to exam start time for check-in.
  • Testing Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • No one admitted after start of test.
  • Non-expired, Photo ID or HBU Student ID  is REQUIRED
  • Be sure you have read and understand the Test Center Policies found on the HBU Testing website:
  • Prohibited items in Testing Room: cell phones, all watches, recording devices; calculators, flash/thumb drives, backpacks, bags
  • No food or drink are allowed; except water in clear bottle with label removed
  • Bring #2 pencils

Other Policies

All examinees testing at Houston Baptist University are responsible for knowing and following all the Test Center Policies.

  • Retesting – If a student does not pass on the first attempt, retesting is allowed.  A student who wishes to retest must complete the online registration and payment again.  Both the Reading Proficiency Exam and the THEA Quick Test are offered once a month. A passing score on either of these exams will satisfy the reading proficiency graduation requirement.
  • Refunds – Testing fee is non-refundable, including for no shows and late arrivals.
  • Reschedules – No reschedules are allowed.
  • Standby Testing – Those wishing to test on a test date that is “offline” may be considered for testing on a “standby” basis at the discretion of the test administrator. To be considered for a seat, Standbys must:
    • Arrive on time (considered on first come basis)
    • Sign-in on the sign-in sheet.
    • Bring appropriate testing fee (credit card, check or money order only. No change will be made and no receipts given for standby testing).
    • Have appropriate identification – must have HBU ID card.
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