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.

NCTA The National College Testing Association (NCTA)

Test Center Information

Central Learning Hub

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

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

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday -Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation. 

 

Central South

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

Hours of Operation

Monday & Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday & Wednesday

Tuesday & Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday & Wednesday

Tuesday & Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

Coleman

1900 Pressler Street, Suite 158
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-718-5170
Email: coleman.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.

 

Northeast Learning Hub

555 Community College Drive, Room 103
Houston, TX 77013
Phone: 713-718-8303
Email: nelh.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday – Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact the testing center directly for scheduling.

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

Northeast Northline

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

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

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

Northwest Alief

2811 Hayes Road, Room 117
Houston, Texas 77082
Phone: 713-718-5996
Email: alief.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.

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

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.

 

 Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

Northwest Spring Branch

1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Room 118
Houston, TX 77043
Phone: 713-718-5671
Email: springbranch.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.

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL

Monday - Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation. 

 

Southeast Eastside

6815 Rustic Street, Room 206
Houston, TX 77087
Phone: 713-718-7041
Email: eastside.testing@hccs.edu

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

 

 Testing Schedule for Course Placement  

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday - Wednesday

Thursday & Friday

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

Southeast Fraga

301 N. Drennan, Room 170
Houston, TX 77003
Phone: 713-718-6691
Email: fraga.testing@hccs.edu

Hours of Operation

CLOSED: June 10 - June 21, 2019

Please contact the Eastside Testing Center at 713-718-7041

Monday & Tuesday Closed

Wednesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact the testing center directly for scheduling. 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

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.

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL Wednesday 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

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.

 

Testing Schedule for Course Placement

TSIA & Advanced Math

Monday - Thursday

Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

     
Accuplacer ESL Monday - Thursday  9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

 

Test admitting hours may differ from Hours of Operation.

 

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 is 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: 

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.


What if I did not achieve College Readiness Scores? 

The HCC Co-Requisite Acceleration Program

Starting in the fall 2018 semester, students who test into developmental English or developmental Math courses will be strongly encouraged to participate in this program by enrolling in these co-requisite course pairings. If you want to complete developmental and college-level Math and/or English in your first semester, this program is for you. Otherwise, it will take you at least two semesters to complete both your developmental and college-level requirements.  https://www.hccs.edu/programs/hcc-co-requisite-acceleration-program/

 

Advanced Math Course Placement

The Advanced Algebra and Functions Math test measures your ability to solve a variety of equations and functions, including linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, and exponential. Questions will also delve into some geometry and trigonometry concepts. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format and appear discretely (standalone) across the assessment.  

In order to take the Advanced Math Test, you must be College-Ready in math. 

Please use the link to review sample questions. https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/next-generation-sample-questions-advanced-alegbra-and-functions.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 of 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 of 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

 

 

 

Students planning to enroll at Houston Community who reside outside the Houston area are permitted to take the TSI Assessment at another approved institution when travel to a Houston Community College Testing Center is not possible.
 
To request to take the TSIA outside of the Houston area please submit the Remote TSIA Request Form.
 

This form is for students who have taken the TSIA at another Texas Institution and would like to grant permission to access those scores for enrollment at Houston Community College. Cross-Institutional Reports are processed within 2-3 business days. 

TSIA Score Retrieval Request

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 Consular 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 a 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 (Fitbit(s)), 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.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic honesty is essential in achieving academic excellence.  Engaging in academic dishonesty will result in dismissal from the test center and reporting of the 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 as cell phones, notes or books at any time 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.