Since 1989, most students who enroll in a public
college or university in Texas have been required to assess their
skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Currently, state law
requires students to test on the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
or an alternative test before enrolling in college-level courses.
The alternative test used at Odessa College is COMPASS.
Both tests fulfill
state requirements, but they also diagnose students' abilities in reading, writing and math and the
scores from each section place students into the appropriate coursework.
If developmental courses are indicated, students complete the course(s)
with a grade of "C" or higher before progressing. Developmental
course numbers at Odessa College begin with a "0." They
do carry credit, although that credit does not transfer nor fulfill
graduation requirements. Developmental courses are designed to
strengthen a student's skills in foundation area.
THEA is scheduled for specific dates throughout the
year and students register by mail or internet about
30 days before the scheduled test. The OC Testing Center
also offers Quick THEA. COMPASS is offered daily in
the Testing Center. Please contact the Testing Center for more specific
information at 432-335-6620.
about the Texas Success Initiative and how it applies
to you, contact us at 432-335-6433.