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The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), or an approved alternate test, must be taken in order to satisfy Texas Success Initiative requirements.

THEA is a paper and pencil test of skills in reading, writing (including essay), and mathematics. Minimum scores to satisfy TSI requirements have been set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. They are:

  • Reading - 230

  • Writing - 220

  • Mathematics - 230
Odessa College offers the Quick THEA or Q-THEA, a version of THEA that is given at an institution's discretion. The OC Testing Center generally schedules Q-THEA testing once each month and usually on the last Monday of the month at 9 am. Please call us at 335-6620 to verify dates for Q-THEA.

No pre-registration is required, but payment of $29 must be included in the form of check, money order or credit card to Evaluation Systems Pearson – no cash is accepted for Q-THEA. Social security card as well as photo ID must be presented at time of testing. Examinees are allowed a five-hour time period to complete the three parts of the test: writing (including essay), reading and math. Scores are generally available about two weeks after testing and a copy will be mailed directly to the student from Evaluations Systems Pearson.

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