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Effective August 26, 2013, THEA no longer satisfies Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college readiness standards.
Examinees must visit http://THEA.starttest.com and create an account before coming to TREC to test. You may pay the $29 THEA fee online when you create your account, or you may pay online when you come in for the exam. Be sure to remember or bring your password because you will need the information in order to access your account.
The THEA-IBT is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Testing, Research-Support and Evaluation Center (TREC). A standard administration allows four hours to complete the exam.
A photo ID is required at the time of registration and payment of fees. Identification is required again when the examinee checks in at the lab.
To take the THEA IBT, an examinee is required to have two forms of identification, one of which is photographic identification:
• current identification, in the name in which he/she registered, bearing his/her photograph
and signature (i.e., valid driver’s license, student ID, valid passport, Department of Public
Safety card, military ID card, current alien registration card, Matricula Consular)
The secondary identification may be another form of photo ID or the following:
• identification bearing the examinee’s name (social security card, valid credit card,
description of examinee on high school or college stationery signed by an official of that
institution, library card, employment identification card, yearbook, insurance card, pay
A nonrefundable Texas State University administration fee of $50 must be paid by debit/credit card or money order (payable to Texas State University) at the TREC business office (Commons G4) before reporting to the testing lab. This is in addition to the $29 test fee paid to THEA through their website. TREC recommends that the exam fee be paid to THEA prior to arriving for the exam. To register for the test and pay the exam fee, visit http://THEA.starttest.com. Be sure to remember your password since you will need the information in order to access your account for testing (and to pay the exam fee if that is not done beforehand).
Note: TREC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond one week from the date of payment.
Students with Disabilities
Examinees who require extended time for testing on the THEA-IBT must first register for the test at http://thea.starttest.com. After registering, the examinee must phone Evaluation Systems at (512) 926-0469 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm central time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, to discuss alternative testing arrangements. When the examinee’s request has been resolved, Evaluation Systems will contact the examinee by email. If approved for extended time (six hours), the examinee must register and begin the test by 9:30 am. Texas State students with disabilities who may require accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services (512.245.3451) prior to taking the test. Verification of disability will be required. All examinees who require accommodations must complete an Exam Request Form to test at our facility at least two weeks prior to the desired exam date by clicking here. Requests will be processed within two business days
All examinees must present photo identification (driver’s license, military ID, student ID, passport or other government agency or employer issued ID) on the morning of the test. Theme park ID’s, club membership ID’s, social security cards, birth certificates, temporary driver’s license without photo, credit cards with or without photo, and “flea-market” ID’s will not be accepted as identification.
THEA-IBT examinees will have the use of an on-screen calculator during the mathematics section. No other calculator is allowed.
If you have previously taken the THEA-IBT, be aware that THEA-IBT policies prohibit the retaking of the THEA-IBT within 14 days of your last THEA-IBT test date.