THEA Quick Test Information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the THEA Quick Test are provided below.

For information about preparing for the test, refer to "Preparation Materials for the THEA Quick Test."

General Questions

Scores and Score Reporting

General Questions

What is the THEA Quick Test?

The THEA Quick Test is offered by many colleges, universities, and high schools at convenient locations across Texas. The purpose of the test 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.

How do I register for the THEA Quick Test?

Contact the institution where you would like to take the test for information about how to register for the THEA Quick Test. For a list of available test sites and their contact information, see "Test Sites."

How do I update my personal or contact information?

SSN
If any of the last four digits of the social security number are incorrect, you must submit documentation by fax or U.S. mail to Evaluation Systems to correct the error. Submissions must include a written request including the incorrect number, the correct social security number, and your full name. Requests must be accompanied by a copy of a current photo ID from the THEA list of approved forms of identification and a copy of your social security card showing the complete social security number.

Name
If your name is incorrect due to incorrect information entered at the time of registration (transposed letters or misspelling), you must submit documentation by U.S. mail to Evaluation Systems to correct the error. Submissions must include a written request with the incorrect name, the correct name, and the final four digits of the social security number. All requests must be accompanied by a legible copy of a photo ID from the THEA list of approved forms of identification. In addition, requests to change the entire first name, or entire last name, or the full name must be accompanied by a copy of legal documentation verifying the name change (e.g., marriage certificate, court order, divorce decree).

Date of Birth
If the date of birth is incorrect, you must submit documentation by fax or U.S. mail to Evaluation Systems to correct the error. Submissions must include a written request with the incorrect date of birth, the correct date of birth, and your full name. Requests must be accompanied by a copy of current identification showing the correct date of birth (e.g., driver's license, valid passport, birth certificate).

Please note that SSN, Name, or Date of Birth corrections submitted to Evaluation Systems may take up to two weeks to process.

Where is the THEA Quick Test offered?

See "Test Sites" to find the most convenient testing location for you. Please note that additional testing locations may be offered. If your institution is not listed, consult with your advisor to determine whether the THEA Quick Test is administered at your institution.

What is the test fee?

The test fee is $29.00. Check with your institution to determine if any additional fees apply. Fees may be paid by personal check or money order made payable to Evaluation Systems or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or a debit or check card that carries the VISA or MasterCard logo and that can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). Bank cards without a VISA or MasterCard logo cannot be accepted.

How do I request alternative testing arrangements for the THEA Quick Test?

Contact the THEA Quick Test site to discuss your request for alternative testing arrangements.

What is covered on the test?

The 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 scores are based on his or her performance in relation to the skills being tested. For a complete list of THEA test skills, refer to "THEA Test Skill Descriptions."

What should I bring on the day of the test?

You should bring your admission information, several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers (no pens or mechanical pencils), and two pieces of identification, one with a recent photograph. You may bring a four-function (+, –, ×, ÷), nonprogrammable calculator (with square root [√] and percent [%] keys).

Scores and Score Reporting

When will I receive my score report?

An official score report for all sections will be mailed to you within fifteen business days after your answer document is received at Evaluation Systems.

What will my score report tell me?

Your score report shows your score on each section of the THEA Quick Test and indicates how you performed on the skills in each section. This will provide information for you to use in identifying your areas of strength and weakness. If you do not pass the Writing Section, the features of your writing that need improvement will be noted on your score report in the space below your Writing Section score.

When will my institution receive my score report?

Score reports will be sent to institutions through the electronic THEA Test Score Distribution System. Unofficial scores for the Reading and Mathematics sections will be posted within five business days after receipt of your answer document. Official scores for all three sections of the test will be posted within fifteen business days after your answer document is received by Evaluation Sytems. A report of your scores will be sent to each of the institutions you indicated on your THEA Quick Test registration form.

Will my institution be able to see how well I performed in each skill area?

Yes. Score information sent to the institutions through the THEA Test Score Distribution System contains scaled scores and skill area performances for each section taken.

If I transfer to another institution, will my scores be available on the THEA Test Score Distribution System?

Yes. The THEA Test Score Distribution System allows institutions to search the THEA History Database for an examinee's scores. You will be required to sign the Authorization for Release of THEA Test Scores before an institution can use this service.