Higher Education Assessment)
Click here to download a printable THEA Questionaire in PDF Format
What is the THEA Exam?
Texas Higher Education Assessment provides institutions of higher
education with basic information regarding the reading, mathematics, and
writing skills of enrolling students. The test is mandated for all Texas
public institutions by the Texas Education Code (TEC).
Please take the THEA
as soon as possible!
If you are not exempt
from the THEA test for the reasons listed on the THEA Questionaire, then
you must take the test before enrolling in any college coursework in
Texas. The test is offered at most public colleges in Texas, but you
should contact one of the following to obtain a registration packet:
Any public high
school or community college in Texas.
Systems, Inc at 512-927-5397. Their address is P.O. Box 140347, Austin,
Texas 78714-0347. Their web site is
The TAMUG Office of
Academic Enhancement, located in Dorm C, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, Texas
77553-1675. Phone: 409-741-4343 or Email:
What are the exemptions from the THEA Exam?
see the detailed list of THEA exemptions
on the THEA Registration form which can be downloaded in PDF format above.
may be exempt from the entire THEA exam. Some students may be exempt from
only a portion of the THEA exam while still being required to take other
parts of the exam. Reasons for exemptions include previous college degrees
earned, previous specific academic college course credit earned (must be
approved by TAMUG) and qualifying scores on other tests.
All who have completed three or more college academic credits in a
semester system (four in a quarter system) prior to September 1, 1989 are
not required to take the THEA test. The credits must be academic in nature
and do not include vocational training programs or applied associate
degrees. Students with an associates or bachelors degree or certain ACT,
SAT, or TAAS scores are exempt. The Office of Academic Enhancement makes
all exemption determinations. For questions, call : 409-741-4343 or Email:
What if I do not pass the THEA Exam?
who fail one or more sections of the THEA test are required by Texas Law
to remain continuously enrolled in developmental studies in addition to
their other coursework until all sections of the test are passed (these
courses will not count toward any degree requirements). Students who have
not passed all sections of the THEA Exam may not enroll in upper level
courses (junior or senior level).