Testing Services

Testing Services

Mission

Houston Community College Testing Services supports academic advancement and workforce training by providing a test center environment for test takers to perform at their highest potential. HCC Testing Services is committed to maintaining academic integrity while serving students and community members in a professional manner, adhering to practices that are consistent with testing industry standards. Houston Community College Testing Centers follow The National College Testing Association Standards and Guidelines.

Test Center Information

Central Learning Hub

1300 Holman Street, Room 211
Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-718-6011
Email: ce.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Central South

1990 Airport Blvd., Room 125
Houston, TX 77051
Phone: 713-718-6471
Email: ce.southtesting@hccs.edu 

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Coleman

1900 Pressler Street, Suite 158
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-718-5170
Email:  co.testingcoleman@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Northeast Learning Hub

555 Community College Drive, Room 103
Houston, TX 77013
Phone: 713-718-8303
Email: 

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Northeast Northline

8001 Fulton, Room 121
Houston, TX 77022
Phone: 713-718-8073
Email:northline.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Northwest Alief

2811 Hayes Road, Room 117
Houston, Texas 77082
Phone: 713-718-5996
Email: hcc.alieftesting@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Northwest Katy

1550 Foxlake Drive, Suite 140
Houston, TX 77084
Phone: 713-718-5906
Email: katy.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Northwest Spring Branch

1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Room 118
Houston, TX 77043
Phone: 713-718-5671
Email: sbtesting@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Southeast Eastside

6815 Rustic Street, Room 206
Houston, TX 77087
Phone: 713-718-7041
Email:

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

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Southeast Fraga

301 N. Drennan, Room 170
Houston, TX 77003
Phone: 713-718-6691
Email: 

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Southwest Stafford

10041 Cash Road, Room 205
Stafford, TX 77477
Phone: 713-718-6735
Email: stafford.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Southwest West Loop

5601 West Loop South, Room 143
Houston, TX 77081
Phone: 713-718-7717
Email: westloop.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation

View the testing schedule.

 

Testing for Course Placement

TSIA-Texas Success Initiative Assessment

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college-level course work if you are not ready.

If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt  to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses. Check here for exemptions. (http://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/tsia-exemptions/)

Prior to taking the TSIA you must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity found at www.hccs.edu/tsi.

Other TSIA Resources: 

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment-sample-questions.pdf

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/tsai-interpreting-your-score-brochure.pdf

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/tsai-assessment-student-brochure.pdf

 

College Readiness Cut Scores

MATH: 350 - 390

READING: 351 - 390

WRITING: A placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4; OR a placement score of less than 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and an essay score of at least 5.

 

Advanced Math Course Placement

The College-Level Math test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. A TSIA College-Readiness math score of 350 or above must be achieved in order to take the Advanced Math Test.

For Advanced Math sample questions scroll to page 11- College Level Math- https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

 

Accuplacer ESL

The Accuplacer ESL is used when it has been established that the student must demonstrate English proficiency prior to testing for college level course placement.  The Accuplacer ESL is composed of Language Usage, Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Listening.

Students taking the Accuplacer ESL will also be administered an essay.

For Accuplacer ESL sample questions scroll to page 14 -https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

Testing is allowed once per 30 days.

 

FAQ

Can I retake the TSIA?  Yes, you may retake the TSI Assessment. However, before retesting, it is strongly recommended that you spend time preparing for the section or sections needed. The cost for retesting is $10 per section and prepayment is required. You will not be able to retest the same day as the initial testing. 

Can I retake the Advanced Math Test?  Yes, you may retake the Advanced Math Test however you will not be able to test more than once per day.  The cost for retesting is $10.00. 

Can I retake the Accuplacer ESL Test?  Yes, you may retake the Accuplacer ESL Test however there is a 30 day waiting period for retesting. The cost for retesting is $10.00. 

What type of ID do I need for testing?   You must have a current government issued photo ID bearing a signature. 

Acceptable forms of ID  

Passport

Driver's license

State identification issued by motor vehicle agency

State concealed handgun license

Military identification

Matricula Consula

Tribal Identification

 

 

Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency

Take the GED

Register to take the test:

https://ged.com

877-392-6433

GED Full Battery: $ 145.00   

GED per Subject $ 36.25                   

What’s the GED® test like? https://ged.com/

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)                                                               

Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)

Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes)               

Social Studies (70 minutes)

 

Offered on computer (paper available for accommodations only)

Available in English and Spanish

GED Certificate Search

Preparation classes are available. http://www.hccs.edu/programs/adult-education/take-a-txchse-or-esl-class/

 

 

 

Take the HiSET

Register to test:

www.hiset.ets.org

855-694-4738

HiSET Full Battery $125.00

HiSET per Subject $25

What’s the HISET like? https://hiset.ets.org/resources/faq/?WT.ac=hiset_34809_faq_160915

The HiSET exam is a five-part test used for high school equivalency credentialing. The exam allows you to show you have the same academic knowledge and skills as a high school graduate.

Five (5) parts:

Language Arts-Reading (65 minutes)                               

Language Arts-Writing (120 minutes)

Mathematics (90 minutes)                                                  

Science (80 minutes)

Social Studies (70 minutes)

 

Available on computer or paper

Available in English and Spanish

GED Certificate Search

Preparation classes are available. http://www.hccs.edu/programs/adult-education/take-a-txchse-or-esl-class/

 

Important To Know

TEST CENTER ADMITTANCE

Valid non-expired, government issued photo ID bearing a signature is required to be admitted for testing. Acceptable forms of photo ID include, but are not limited to driver’s license, state identification card, passport, military ID, state concealed handgun license, Matricula Consula and Tribal Identification. A photocopy or picture of ID is not acceptable. 

 

Center Guidelines 

  • No electronic devices, cell phones, smart watches, e-cigarettes or other personal items are allowed in the testing rooms. ALL personal items must be placed in a secured locker. 
  • No food, drinks, gum or candy allowed.
  • Weapons, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon, are prohibited from the test center. These items are not allowed on the premises and may not be stored in the provided lockers. This policy extends to off-duty law enforcement officers and persons with conceal and carry permits.
  • Pockets should be emptied of all personal items.
  • Examinees are asked to remove scarves, hats, hoodies, coats or any accessory, including jewelry other than those worn for religious reasons. 
  • Children are not allowed in the test rooms.  Individuals who bring children to the campus are responsible for their supervision at all times.  Houston Community College Police will be contacted if any child is left unattended.
  • No one may accompany a tester into a testing room at any time. This includes children, friends, spouses, etc.  
  • Only the materials outlined by each exam sponsor or instructor are allowed in the testing rooms. 
  • Breaks are limited to no more than 10 minutes unless otherwise approved.
  • Remain quiet in the lab. If there is a question, raise hand for proctor assistance.
  • Houston Community College is not responsible for theft, loss or damage to any prohibited electronic device, cell phone or other personal property brought to the testing rooms. 

 

Prohibited Items

All personal belongings are prohibited within the testing room. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • All electronic devices, such as cell phones, smart and digital watches, activity tracking devices (fitbits), laptops, tablets, smart glasses, headphones, and earbuds.
  • Clothing: Outerwear, such as, winter coats, raincoats and gloves. All types of hats, caps and beanies. Sunglasses.
  • All food and beverages, including water.
  • Large bracelets, large necklaces, analog watches, non- metal jewelry items (e.g., necklaces/bracelets made of silicone, rubber, fiber or nylon).
  • Lanyards and nametags.

 

Acadamic Dishonesty

Academic honesty is essential in achieving academic excellence.  Engaging in academic dishonesty will result in dismissal from the test center and reporting of incident to the instructor/college of record and/or testing agency. Academic dishonesty may result in voided test/or failing grade, further disciplinary action, and/or suspension.

 

Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Not adhering to the guidelines established by the instructor for a particular exam.
  • Accessing prohibited or unauthorized items or materials, such cell phones, notes or books at anytime including during breaks. 
  • Representing the work of others to be one's own.
  • Facilitating dishonesty by others.
  • Copying from another person's test.
  • Using unauthorized materials.
  • Taking an examination for another.
  • Permitting another to take an exam for you.
  • Removing or attempting to remove a test, any portion of it, or its answers from the Testing Center.