Lesson 2B: Placement Testing
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t’s possible that you just glossed over that SAT/ACT section. Perhaps you’re considering a certificate program or a community college, or maybe you’ve got automatic admission to the college you’re interested in attending… In those cases, you may think you’ve dodged the standardized testing bullet. Well, guess what? It’s not that easy. You still have to take a placement test.
The main placement test in Texas is known as the THEA, the Texas Higher Educational Assessment.
You take the THEA to see what classes you can take your first semester in college. The goal is to place into classes that actually count for college credit.
Why do you have to place into these classes?
Colleges want to gear you for [show-hide] success [/show-hide], not [show-hide] failure [/show-hide]. That means they may force you to take some classes, so you can get up to speed.
However, those classes still cost money! We want to avoid them if possible.
The THEA is a Texas test, which means it’s written according to the [show-hide] Texas educational standards [/show-hide]. It tests basic skills in three key academic areas: [show-hide] Reading, Math, and Writing [/show-hide].
The THEA is given in two forms: [show-hide] Internet-based (on the computer) and Quick-Test (on paper). [/show-hide]
ot everyone has to take the THEA, of course, and if you look in your workbook at the different scores that can exempt you from the test, you’ll find out whether or not you need to take it.
In any case, you may not have to take the whole test. Depending on your scores, you may only have to take one or two sections.
How can you prepare for the THEA?
First, you should go online to www.thea.nesinc.com and take a practice test.
Click on THEA practice test, and create an account by providing your email address in the bottom right corner.