Testing Services


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.

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.

If you are a first-time student to any Texas college, you will need to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test. It is important to prepare for this test. IT will determine your levels in reading, writing and math. Once determined you will be placed in the appropriate level of course program for your success. Preparing for the TSI test is critical to make sure you are placed in the right level.

The pre-assessment activity, test preparation and practices can be found at hccs.edu/tsi. For best results, use Firefox. 
For additional information, including exemptions, new students need to visit hccs.edu/tsi or visit one of our Enrollment Services Centers.  Students need to present official documentation of their potential exemption.
You may not need to take the TSI Test If:

  • You meet score requirements on external assessments such as the ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR
  • You have previously completed a qualifying associates or bachelor’s degree
  • You are transferring into HCC having already satisfying TSI requirements
  • You honorably served in the military and can provide an official DD214 during the enrollment process
  • You are exempt due to enrolling into a Level 1 certificate program

Earn your Certificate of High School Equivalency

Take the GED®

What’s the 2014 GED® test like?

The GED® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.

Four (4) parts:

  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (90 minutes)
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes)

Offered on computer (paper available for accommodations only)

Offered in English and Spanish


Latest GED Updates

GED Testing Service is committed to making sure your students have the tools they need to successfully demonstrate their skills and abilities on the 2014 GED® test

Effective October 6, students can bring in and use a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator for any of the three test subjects that allow the use of a calculator: Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

Here’s what you need to know about this change:

  • Students who want to use a handheld calculator are responsible for bringing their own TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator
  • We’re republishing the Mathematical Reasoning test to allow for this change

            1. The new Math test will include two distinct parts - Part 1 and Part 2 with a brief, three-minute break in between
            2. Part 1 includes the initial test items that do not allow the use of any calculator
            3. Part 2 still includes the embedded on-screen calculator, but now students have the option to use a handheld calculator

  • Students who bring in a handheld calculator must place it in their secure lockers at the start of the test
  • Once students complete Part 1, they can go to their lockers during the three-minute break to get their handheld calculator to use on Part 2If you have any additional questions about how these changes affect your students, contact communications@GEDtestingservice.com.



GED Testing Service

2014 GED® Program is here!

Here in Texas we’re excited to offer you the 2014 GED® program and a fighting chance at a good job with good wages. Learn more below or sign up today at www.GED.com.

What’s the 2014 GED® Program?

In 2014 you have more than just a test. You’ll have access to MyGED™, your online portal to sign up, study, schedule, check scores, and learn about jobs and college. 

What is MyGED™?

MyGED™ is your start-to-finish tool for the 2014 GED® Program. It’s flexible, convenient and the support you need before and after the GED® test. Built with you in mind, MyGED™ helps you take control of your life and your future. Get started now at www.GED.com to set up MyGED™:

  • Register and set up an individual log-in account with password protection for future access to testing information.
  • Under MyGED Dashboard there are sections available to view that are flexible, convenient and have the support you need before and after the GED® test. Section titles include: Study, Schedule, Scores, and Test Tips, Find a Center, as well as College and Careers. 

Where can I study?

Contact Houston Community College - Adult Education Programs at 713.718.5400 in addition to signing up for MyGED™ at www.GED.com. Click on “Study” to find tools, free practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test.

How do I register?

Registration is simple in 2014. Simply sign up for MyGED™ at www.GED.com and you will get information about local policies, how to request modified testing conditions (accommodations), or you’ll be able to schedule your test right then.

When can I schedule?

Scheduling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with MyGED™ at www.GED.com. Log in and click on “Schedule Test” on the top. Once you complete the scheduling questions you’ll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that work best for you to test. You can also schedule one test at a time to make sure you feel prepared every time.

What is the passing score?

On the 2014 GED® test, you need to earn at least 150 points on each subject to pass. To find out if you’re likely to pass, take the GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test, which is the only test that can tell you if you’re likely to pass. Sign into MyGED™ at www.GED.com to take the GED Ready™ in English or Spanish for a fee of $6.00 per part.

Is there a fee to take the test?

You can pay as you go with the GED® test. This means you can pay for each subject individually or when you are ready to test. In Texas the fee per subject is $33.75 or $135.00 for the full battery.

The 2014 GED®program gives you everything you need for success and MyGED™ will help get you there. With MyGED, you receive unprecedented support before and after you test. Conveniently register and schedule 24/7. Pay as you go and test on what you want, when you want. Plus, find prep tools to help you prepare for test day and resources to help you move forward to what’s next. 

Which Houston Community College (HCC) testing center locations are prepared to administer the new test?

The following Houston Community College (HCC) testing locations listed below are prepared to administer the test:

  • Central College - Central Campus & South Campus
  • Southwest College - West Loop Campus
  • Northwest College - Alief Hayes Campus
  • Northeast College - Northline Campus & Northeast Learning Hub
  • Southeast College - Learning Hub Annex  

Get started today at www.GED.com, MyGED™.  

Testing Locations

Central College
Central Learning Hub
Science Bldg. Room 211
1300 Holman Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713.718.6011

South Campus
Willie Lee Gay Hall
1990 Airport Blvd
Houston, TX 77051
Phone: 713.718.6471

Northeast College
Northeast Campus
555 Community College Dr., Room 127
Houston, TX 77013
Phone: 713.718.8303

Northline Campus
8001 Fulton, Room 121
Houston, TX 77022
Phone: 713.718.8073

Northwest College
Spring Branch Campus
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N.
Houston TX 77043
Phone: 713.718.5671

Katy Campus
1550 Foxlake Dr.
Houston, TX 77084
Phone: 713.718.5906

Alief Campus
2811 Hayes Rd.
Houston, Texas 77082
Phone: 713.718.5996

Southeast College
Southeast Learning Hub
6815 Rustic
Houston, TX 77087
Phone: 713.718.7041

Felix Fraga Building
301 N. Drennan
Houston, Texas 77003
Phone: 713.718.8700

Southwest College
Stafford Learning Hub
10041 Cash Rd.
Stafford, TX 77477
Phone: 713.718.6735

West Loop Center
5601 W. Loop
Houston, TX 77081
Phone: 713.718.7717