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THEA Overview


THEA Overview

The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is offered at UHD to students who plan to enter the Urban Education program; likewise non UHD students may also take his or her THEA at UHD's testing center. The THEA test measures a students' readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. Examinees are given 5 hours to complete the test regardless to the number of sections he or she needs to take. Students do not have to wait the entire test period if they finish early. Students who arrive up to 30 minutes after the test begins will have to complete a late arrival form and will not be allowed to make up the missed time. Examinees must wait for 30 days to be eligible for a retake.

THEA Description

The THEA consists of three sections: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section of the THEA is designed to measure a student's academic skill against an established standard of competence. A student's score on each section of the test is based on his or her performance in relation to the skills being tested. Scores are not related to how well other students have performed on the same section.

The THEA Test consists of:

Composed of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions matched to about seven reading selections of 300 to 750 words each.

The reading selections represent a variety of subject areas and are similar to reading materials (e.g., textbooks, manuals) that students are likely to encounter during their first year of college. Students will be asked to answer several multiple-choice questions about each reading selection.



Composed of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions covering four general areas: fundamental mathematics, algebra, geometry, and problem solving.

The test questions focus on a student's ability to perform mathematical operations and solve problems. Appropriate formulas will be provided to help students perform some of the calculations required by the test questions. Note that an on-screen calculator will be available for your use during the Mathematics Section.



Contains two subsections: a writing sample subsection requiring students to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in writing on a given topic, and a multiple-choice subsection including approximately 40 questions assessing students' ability to recognize various elements of effective writing.

Students are asked to prepare a multiple-paragraph writing sample of about 300 to 600 words on an assigned topic. Students' writing samples are scored on the basis of how effectively they communicate a whole message to a specified audience for a stated purpose. Students will be assessed on their ability to express, organize, and support opinions and ideas, rather than on the position they express.


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.

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