Testing Services at HCC Central

Mission Statement

Testing Services supports Houston Community College’s mission of being the opportunity institution for the students and communities that we serve by providing opportunities for assessment and development of knowledge relating to academic and professional goals.  Individuals will be provided the opportunity to realistically identify, understand, and assess their competencies, course placement, and career opportunities. Testing Services will maintain the professional and ethical standards that govern the testing industry.

Tests Available by Appointment

You must call Testing Services at 713.718.6011 to schedule your appointment for the following tests:

  • Correspondence / Distance Learning Tests
  • TSI Assessment Exam
  • COMPASS ESL
  • COMPASS for Math Placement
  • Test of Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Licensure Exams
  • TABE
  • Certified Texas Contract Manager Exam
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Individuals needing to take the following tests must contact the testing client to register for their test:

  • General Educational Development Test (GED)
  • Performance Assessment Network (PAN)
  • Kryterion Host Testing Network
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Texas Educator Certification (TExES/ExCET, TExMAT, TASC/TASC-ASL)
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
  • National Certified Paralegal Exam (NALA)

Important Things to Know

  • Dress comfortably in layers for all testing scenarios; be prepared so you can adapt to variations in room temperature.
  • Although oversized jackets or coats are not permitted by many testing sponsors, you may wear sweaters or light-weight outerwear.  Hats and other none religious headgear can’t be worn into the testing room.
  • Acceptable identification documents include passport, driver's license, state identification issued by motor vehicle agency, state concealed handgun license, valid school id or military identification. Photocopied documents are unacceptable.
  • Always check the policies and procedures of your test sponsor.  Be aware of items that you may or may not bring to the testing center.

The following items are strictly prohibited in the computer testing labs and may not be accessed during any scheduled or unscheduled break (with the exception of food and drink):

  • Mechanical pencils
  • Cellular phones, smartphones (e.g.,  BlackBerry® devices, iPhones)
  • PDAs, tablet PCs, iPods, iPads
  • Study materials (unless permitted by the test sponsor)
  • Beepers
  • Cameras and all photographic, communication, computer, and electronic devices
  • Food, drinks, gum, candy and tobacco products

Testing Services ascribes to the ethical guidelines of the National College Testing Association’s (NCTA), the Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers of NCTA, and the ethical guidelines of the Texas Association of Collegiate Testing Personnel (TACTP).

Testing Services

TSI Assessment

TSI Assessment

The TSI Assessment measures your strengths and weaknesses in mathematics and statistics, reading and writing, and is an indicator of how ready you are to handle college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisers to place you in the appropriate course that matches your skill level. The goal is to help you become ready for college-level course work.

Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity

Before taking the TSI Assessment, a Pre-Assessment Activity must be completed. Click on the link below to be directed to take the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) for HCC.

www.hccs.edu/tsi           

The Pre-Assessment Activity includes the following:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment
  • Practice test questions and feedback

*YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE TSI ASSESSMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS ACTIVITY!

Test Scheduling

You can schedule your TSIA testing session by visiting our office or calling us at (713) 718-6011. While we do accept walk-ins during designated times we strongly encourage you to schedule to testing session 24-48 hours in advance because seating is limited.

STUDENTS MAY RETEST AT ANY TIME FOR THE TSI ASSESSMENT AS LONG AS THERE IS AVAILABILITY IN THE TESTING CENTER.

Remote Testing

If you are a student that plans on attending HCC and live outside of Houston or Texas you may be able to take the TSI in your area.

Contact our office and ask about the Remote TSI testing process.

Late Arrival

Testing Services will extend a 15 minute grace period for all pre-registered examinees.  Once this grace period has expired standby and/or walk-in examinees will be seated.

Cost:

$29.00 for taking all sections

$10.00 per individual section

Submit your payment in the form of cash, major credit or debit card, check or money order payable to HCC to the Cashier’s Office prior to testing.

Things to Bring: Payment receipt, Assessment Authorization Form, and valid photo identification with signature.  (Locker storage is available for small items)

Identification Requirements:

Unless otherwise required by the test vendor, examinees must present an original, valid (unexpired), government / school issued identification, bearing both a photo and signature. The name on the roster / admissions ticket must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on identification document(s) presented. Moreover, the photograph must be recent and clearly match the candidate.

Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities:

If you require accommodations based on a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support your request to HCC- Central Ability Services.  All documentation must be submitted well in advance of your preferred testing date.  Contact Ability Services at 713.718.6164 if you have questions concerning special accommodations.

GED

GED

Houston Community College offers the 2014 GED® test series; the 2014 GED® test consist of 4 parts, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Registration Steps

Register and schedule for testing online 24/7 at www.GED.com or by calling the Pearson VUE call center at 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433)

Step 1: Create Your Account

  • Visit www.GED.com
  • “Complete the New to GED? Create an account” section.
  • Enter your legal name as it appears on your primary identification.
  • Remember that an email address will be required for this step.
  • Once your account is created, you’ll receive an account activation email.

 Step 2: Complete Registration Questions

  • Once you receive the activation email, click the activation link included in the message.
  • Change the username to something you will remember and create a password. You will then be sent to the welcome page.
  • Log in using the username and password you just created.
  • Click the button at the bottom of the page to verify your contact information.
  • Click the circled number two (2) and complete the registration question.
  • Click the registration form that appears for the state, province, or territory where you will test and complete the next set of questions.

 Step 3: Provide Additional Documentation (if necessary)

  • Some test-takers may be required to supply supporting documentation in order to test.
  • If your status on the home page indicates that you will need additional documentation, you will receive an email with your next steps.

 Step 4: Schedule Your Test

  • After completing the registration questions, click on the circled number three (3), and schedule to take your test.
  • In certain cases you may be asked to supply additional information before you can schedule your test.

Same Day Registration- Based on workstation availability, candidates who have already completed the online registration process and have a GEDTS ID, can contact our testing center directly for same day testing.

Examinees under the Age of 18

You can test at 17, if:

  • You have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • You are a resident of Texas;
  • You are not enrolled in school (you are excepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program);
  • You are not a high school graduate; and
  • You must have parental/guardian permission

You must submit High School Non-Enrollment Form & Parental Consent Form prior to testing

You can test at 16, if:

  • The applicant has a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID
  • The applicant is a resident of the state (See above for Residency Requirements)
  • In the care of a state agency or under a court order or in a Job Corps training program
  • Is not enrolled in school
  • Is not a high school graduate

You must submit High School Non-Enrollment Form, Court Ordered16 or 17 year-old Form, and Parental Consent Form prior to testing

Click for instructions on submitting forms for “Underage Test-takers”

Cost:

  • First-time cost of exam $135.00 for all 4 sections or $33.75 per section
  • The 2nd and 3rd retest is $13.75 per section if taken within 12 months. Each retests after that costs $33.75, and examinees must wait 60 days before retesting.
  • Payments are submitted at the time of registration directly to Pearson Vue

Things to Bring: Layered indoor clothing (no heavy outerwear or headgear) and valid photo identification with signature.  (Locker storage is available for small items)

Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities:

Register for accommodations with the GEDTS (GED® Testing Service) at www.ged.com

Retrieving Your Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency

Once you have successfully completed all sections of the GED the Texas Education Agency will award you a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Visit Texas GED Certificate/Transcript Search to obtain a free verification letter.

If your search returns “No Records Found” email ged@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.

Correspondence/ Distance Learning Exams

Correspondence/ Distance Learning Exams

HCC- Central Testing Services offers proctoring services for students that are taking correspondence and/or on-line classes through other institutions.

Test Scheduling

You can schedule your Correspondence testing session by visiting our office or calling us at (713) 718-6011. An appointment cannot be scheduled until Testing Services has received your exam from the sponsoring institution.

Cost:

$25.00 per Testing Session  

Submit your payment in the form of cash, major credit or debit card, check or money order payable to HCC to the Cashier’s Office prior to testing.

Things to Bring: Payment receipt, Correspondence Testing Form, and valid photo identification with signature.  (Locker storage is available for small items)

Identification Requirements:

Unless otherwise required by the test vendor, examinees must present an original, valid (unexpired), government / school issued identification, bearing both a photo and signature. The name on the roster / admissions ticket must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on identification document(s) presented. Moreover, the photograph must be recent and clearly match the candidate.

Proctor Information

John R. Harrell II- Testing Associate

E-Mail: ce.testing@hccs.edu

Ph.   713.718.2530

Fax. 713.718.6028 

 

Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities:

If you require accommodations based on a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support your request to HCC- Central Ability Services.  All documentation must be submitted well in advance of your preferred testing date.  Contact Ability Services at (713) 718-6164 if you have questions concerning special accommodations.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The TEAS V is a multiple-choice assessment measuring basic academic preparedness in reading, math, science, English and language usage. The objectives assessed in our tests are those that nursing and allied health educators deem most relevant for measuring entry level skills and abilities of program applicants. The test not only predicts the performance of incoming candidates, it also helps educators gain advance knowledge of the strengths and areas needing development of those that are accepted into the program.

Test Scheduling

You can schedule your TEAS testing session by visiting our office or calling us at (713) 718-6011.

Cost:

$86.00 per testing session

Submit your payment in the form of cash, major credit or debit card, check or money order payable to HCC to the Cashier’s Office prior to testing.

Things to Bring

  • Payment receipt
  • TEAS Assessment Form
  • Valid photo identification with signature
  • ATI Testing Username & Password

*Locker storage is available for small items

Things to Know

  • Examinees must create an account with ATI testing at www.atitesting.com prior to their test session.
  • Examinees must notify Testing Services’ Staff if they have ever taken the TEAS test in the past.  Failure to provide this notification may result in the voiding of your test scores and non-refunding of your test fees.

Identification Requirements:

Unless otherwise required by the test vendor, examinees must present an original, valid (unexpired), government / school issued identification, bearing both a photo and signature. The name on the roster / admissions ticket must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on identification document(s) presented. Moreover, the photograph must be recent and clearly match the candidate.

Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities:

If you require accommodations based on a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support your request to HCC- Central Ability Services.  All documentation must be submitted well in advance of your preferred testing date.  Contact Ability Services at (713) 718-6164 if you have questions concerning special accommodations.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Exams

The TCEQ strives to protect our state's human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

The Permitting and Registration Support Division’s Operator Licensing Section oversees ten occupational licensing programs and maintains approximately 50,000 licenses. Licensing of these individuals ensures minimum competency in occupations directly affecting public health and the environment.

Tests Offered

  • Customer Service Inspector
  • Landscape Irrigator
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Irrigation Inspector
  • LPST Corrective Action Specialist
  • Municipal Solid Waste Facility Supervisor (Class A and B)
  • OSSF Designated Representative
  • OSSF Installer (I and II)
  • OSSF Maintenance Provider
  • UST On-Site Supervisor (A and B)
  • Wastewater Collections Operator (Class I, II, and III)
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator (Class A, B, C, and D)
  • Groundwater Operator (Class B and C)
  • Surface Water Operator (Class B and C)
  • Water Distribution Operator (Class B and C)
  • Water Operator (Class A and D)
  • Water Treatment Specialist (Class I, II, and III)

Test Scheduling

You can schedule your TCEQ testing session by visiting our office or calling us at (713) 718-6011. All licensing applicants must be pre-approved by the TCEQ before the applicant is eligible to take the assessment.

Candidates are allowed to immediately retest after failing the first three of four tests during his/her one year approval period.  HCC Central does allow candidates to take advantage of this immediate retest, but an additional fee will be assessed.

Cost:

$35.00 per Testing Session  

Submit your payment in the form of cash, major credit or debit card, check or money order payable to HCC to the Cashier’s Office prior to testing.

Things to Bring: Payment receipt, HCC Central Third Party Testing Form, and valid photo identification with signature.  (Locker storage is available for small items)

Identification Requirements:

Unless otherwise required by the test vendor, examinees must present an original, valid (unexpired), government / school issued identification, bearing both a photo and signature. The name on the roster / admissions ticket must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on identification document(s) presented. Moreover, the photograph must be recent and clearly match the candidate.

Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities:

If you require accommodations based on a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support your request to HCC- Central Ability Services.  All documentation must be submitted well in advance of your preferred testing date.  Contact Ability Services at (713) 718-6164 if you have questions concerning special accommodations.

Important Things to Know

  • Dress comfortably in layers for all testing scenarios; be prepared so you can adapt to variations in room temperature.
  • Although oversized jackets or coats are not permitted by many testing sponsors, you may wear sweaters or light-weight outerwear.  Hats and other none religious headgear can’t be worn into the testing room.
  • Current, valid, photo identification is required for all tests.  Always check the identification requirements of the testing sponsor prior to registering for your test.
  • Always check the policies and procedures of your test sponsor.  Be aware of items that you may or may not bring to the testing center.

The following items are strictly prohibited in the computer testing labs and may not be accessed during any scheduled or unscheduled break (with the exception of food and drink):

  • Mechanical pencils
  • Cellular phones, smartphones (e.g.,  BlackBerry® devices, iPhones)
  • PDAs, tablet PCs, iPods, iPads
  • Study materials (unless permitted by the test sponsor)
  • Beepers
  • Cameras and all photographic, communication, computer, and electronic devices
  • Food, drinks, gum, candy and tobacco products