Since 1989, the Texas Higher Education Assessment® (THEA®) has provided
Texas students and institutions of higher education with a flexible, fair, and
accurate testing and score-reporting system. Its purpose is to assess the
reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students
should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or
degree programs in Texas public colleges or universities.
THEA Test consists of three sections: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each
section of the THEA Test is designed to measure a student's academic skill
against an established standard of competence. A student's score on each
section of the test is based on his or her performance in relation to the skills
being tested. Scores are not related to how well other students have performed
on the same section.
From the HSU
Educational Studies’ page:
I have to pass the THEA test to be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program?
Not necessarily. You
must meet the HSU standards of proficiency in the basic areas of reading,
writing, math, and oral communication. The Teacher Education Council has
determined multiple ways for you to demonstrate proficiency in the basic
skills, including but not limited to taking the THEA. The application for
admission to teacher education describes the various ways you can demonstrate
those proficiencies including but not limited to grades of A or B in a general
education comm class (1301 or 1302), SAT and/or ACT scores in pertinent areas,
THEA scores in reading, writing, and math. Dr. Christopher will explain the
proficiencies to you when you meet with her, and the sooner the better.”
get information regarding test dates and times, or to register, contact:
payable to Evaluation Systems by credit card, check, or money order
payable to HSU (cash only)
more information regarding the THEA click here.