Requirements for the Texas Success Initiative, the successor to TASP, must be met by students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in Texas. The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) fulfills the the rules of the TSI as an initial educational assessment.
Students may be exempt if they:
- Have enrolled in a one year certificate program of less than 42 semester hours
- Have earned college course work (three or more credit hours) before 1989
- Have certain disabilities
- Have earned sufficiently high scores on the SAT, ACT or TAKS tests
THEA is designed to provide information about the reading, mathematics and writing skills of students entering public colleges, universities and educator-preparation programs in public and private institutions. The Quick THEA, an approved alternative test for the THEA, is identical in all respects to the THEA except that test dates are set by SRSU. Testers are given 5 hours to complete the paper-based test. Bring two forms of identification, one with a recent photo, and sharpened No. 2 pencils on test day. A 4-function, nonprogrammable calculator is permitted for those taking the mathematics portion of the test. The Quick THEA may not be retaken within 30 days.
The fee is $44. ($29 check/mo/debit or credit card payable to THEA Pearson Evaluation Systems, and $15 check/cash/mo to Testing Services)
Visit UC-211 B or call (432) 837-8357 for more information or to register for the test.
TSI compliance may also be earned by taking the COMPASS test.
To see when THEA is being offered, visit the Testing Schedule link on this website.