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Testing, Research Support & Evaluation Center

CLEP will be shut down on Monday, January 5, 2015 for scheduled maintenance.

On Wednesday, November 26th, the TREC testing lab will close at 1:00 pm.

In order to ensure that all tests are completed within that time frame,
all PUG exams must begin by 11:30 am;
all CLEP or DSST exams must begin by 10:30 am;

and the following schedule will apply to the TSI Assessment (note that you must be finished by 1pm):

All three subject areas - start by 9:00

Writing & Math - start by 9:30

Writing & Reading - start by 10:00
Math Only - start by 10:00.

Math & reading - start by 10:30
Writing Only - start by 10:30

Reading Only - start by 11:30

TEAS V, correspondence, and proctored exams by appointment only


The Testing, Research Support, and Evaluation Center (TREC) is located in Commons Hall, Ground Floor.

Our main office (registering and paying for tests, exam scanning and scoring, and all other general customer service) is in room G4. Our computer testing lab is in room G14.

Academic Testing for Students with Disabilities (ATSD) is in room G18.


Student Testing Service

TREC administers a number of tests and maintains information on examinations-for-credit, institutional examinations, Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), and national examinations. See top menu bar for detailed information on all testing services.

The computer testing lab consists of 34 computer testing stations and an additional 5 paper/pencil only stations. We generally operate on a first come, first served basis (except TEAS V, Correspondence exams, and proctored exams which require an appointment). Most days we are able to accommodate all examinees. If you are traveling a long distance or have a deadline, please call TREC at 512.245.2276 the morning you plan to take your exam. See our testing lab hours.

Please be aware that computer technology is still imperfect, and occasionally technical difficulties may cause delays in any part of the process, especially related to computer-based tests. Therefore, we suggest that if your test has a deadline, that you take it sufficiently early to allow for scores to be received in time if such difficulties should occur. The Testing Center strives to ensure that tests are administered, scored, and reported accurately, securely, and in as timely a manner as possible, but we cannot be responsible for your deadlines.


Scanning Service

TREC offers test scanning and scoring services to all faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos. Multiple choice exams taken on Texas State scan forms can be dropped off at the TREC window in Commons Hall, Ground Floor, room G4. Instructors must use the standard Texas State scan forms for their exams. All forms including key sheets can  be purchased from the University Bookstore. Please follow our Exam Submission Guidelines.

Exams will be scanned and run through a scoring program which will generate score reports for faculty. For more detailed information about these reports, please click here: How to Read Exam Output.

Turnaround time for exams submitted at TREC is guaranteed within 1 business day (e.g. if you bring your exams at 3pm on Friday, we guarantee to score them by 3pm on Monday), although it is usually a much shorter period of time. To use this service, complete the Exam Request Form and bring it with your exam scan forms to TREC.

TREC processes faculty evaluations for many of the departments at Texas State University and the Student Perceptions of Instruction (SPI) for all undergraduate lecture and seminar courses. This is provided by TREC as a free service. For departmental faculty evaluations follow our Evaluation Submission Guidelines and complete the Faculty Evaluation Request Form. If you use ePortfolio to collect some or all of your departmental course evaluations, please complete the ePortfolio Evaluation Request Form and email it to the testingcenter@txstate.edu. For SPIs complete the SPI Evaluation Request Form.


IIRDA (Research Support)

The Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA) offers the following types of support to faculty members:

  • individual consultation about research projects such as research articles or presentations
  • preparation of externally funded research proposals (pre-award)
  • professional data analysis services (post-award and other)

To find out how to access thess services, click Here.


Academic Testing for Students with Disabilities (ATSD)

Students registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and approved for testing accommodations will now take their exams at ATSD. Please call 512.245.7856 for more information regarding ATSD. For more details, click here.