The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is a basic skills test mandated by the Texas Legislature. As of the fall of 1998, students planning to enroll in public community colleges and universities in Texas must take the THEA before starting college.
Students who have not met this requirement must contact the Office of Educational Services or the Office of Admissions for information regarding additional testing opportunities.
The three sections of the test are reading, writing and mathematics. A minimum score of 230 must be attained to pass the math and reading sections. A score of 220 is necessary in the writing.
If a student does not pass all three sections, the WTAMU THEA Coordinator, located in the STARR Center, should be contacted so that the options regarding additional testing can be explained.
Students have two options for completing THEA requirements by examination, either by testing on a statewide THEA test date, or testing by the Quick THEA method.
The statewide THEA test and the Quick THEA test are identical tests. The only difference between the two is that statewide THEA tests take up to four weeks to score, and the Quick THEA scores for reading and math are available within one week, with writing scores available within two weeks.