What's on the Test?

The THEA IBT consists of the following sections.

Reading. The Reading Section of the THEA IBT consists of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions matched to about seven reading selections of 300–750 words each. The selections represent a variety of subject areas and are similar to reading materials (e.g., textbooks, manuals) that students are likely to encounter during their first year of college. Students will be asked to answer several multiple-choice questions about each reading selection.

Mathematics. The Mathematics Section of the THEA IBT consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions covering four general areas: fundamental mathematics, algebra, geometry, and problem solving. The test questions focus on the student's ability to perform mathematical operations and solve problems. Appropriate formulas will be provided to help students perform some of the calculations required by test questions. Students will have access to an on-screen calculator during the Math Section; no other calculators are permitted.

Writing. The Writing Section of the THEA IBT consists of two subsections: a writing sample subsection and a multiple-choice subsection. The multiple-choice subsection includes approximately 40 questions assessing the student's ability to recognize various elements of effective writing. Students taking the Writing Section must take both the writing sample subsection and the multiple-choice subsection.