Testing Services

Testing Services


Testing Services Update

Due to COVID-19, Houston Community College is operating remotely. All Testing Centers are closed. 

Testing centers remain closed due to COVID 19. Normal operations will resume based on recommendations from the CDC and local authorities as the COVID-19 situation evolves. For the most recent COVID-19 updates, please continue to check www.hccs.edu.

If you need assistance with a previously scheduled exam (CLEP, GED, HESI, HISET, TCFP, TEAS), please contact your testing center by sending an email. 

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the campus testing center where you tested by sending an email. 














COVID 19 - Course Placement and Testing Options

Options for Course Placement - Updated

Course Placement Options

First –time in College Student Placement Options - *SAT/ACT scores (see TSIA Exemption chart) - High school transcripts - HCC Co-requisite model - GED Scores - Limited Remote Testing 

Transfer Student Placement Options - College transcripts - *SAT/ACT scores (see TSIA Exemption chart) - High school transcripts - HCC Co-requisite model- Limited Remote Testing 

ESL and International Student Placement Options - Remote Accuplacer ESL testing (internal proctoring, by HCC testing staff) - Co-requisite model - Limited Remote Testing 

For additional information, please use The Virtual Lobby to contact Enrollment or Advising. 

Additional resources about course placement: 

Fall 2020 TSI Reading and Writing 

Fall 2020 TSI Math and ALEKS Math 

Placement with GED Scores


Remote Placement Testing with Webex

Remote proctoring with Webex is now available for limited Placement Testing. 

Testing is on a limited basis and by appointment only.

Prior to scheduling an appointment for your test you must have received your Electronic Assessment Authorization Form from Enrollment or Advising. 

Please see the technology requirements below

For remote proctoring you must have the following:


Google Chrome v39 or later, Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later. Please disable your pop-up blocker. 

Operating System:
Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.8 or later


  • Desktop or laptop computer (tablets and Chromebooks are not supported)
  • Built-in or external webcam, microphone and speakers
  • 2GB or more of RAM


Internet Connection: An upload and download speed of 2Mbps

Webex App Installed on computer: https://www.webex.com/downloads.html/

Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: Check your computer



Remote Placement Testing with Examity

Examity is a secure online proctoring service that allows you to take your TSIA/ACCUPLACER test(s) when it is most convenient (24/7/365).  Student Quick Guide

The per-session Examity proctor fee of $20 has been extended through August 31, 2020. Additional fees include the HCC Testing Fee. 

Computer Requirements


Google Chrome v39 or later, Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later. Please disable your pop-up blocker. 

Operating System:
Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.8 or later


  • Desktop or laptop computer (tablets and Chromebooks are not supported)
  • Built-in or external webcam, microphone and speakers
  • 2GB or more of RAM


Internet Connection: An upload and download speed of 2Mbps

Test your computer requirements here

Getting Started with Examity

  1. Obtain an Electronic Assessment Authorization Form from Enrollment/Advising/P-16. 
  2. Complete the Online Remote Testing Request Form provided with your Electronic Assessment Authorization Form. 
  3. Once all documents have been submitted the HCC test fee will be attached to your student account. You will make your payment online by logging into your student account.
  4. When your HCC test fee payment has been received, your testing voucher will be generated and a confirmation email will be sent from Accuplacer with the instructions you will need for testing.
  5. Click the Examity link in the email which will bring you to the Examity registration page. Enter your first name, last name, email and hit register. You will be prompted to pay $20 for Examity upon scheduling a test.
  6. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with login credentials from Examity. You will then log into the Examity dashboard. From here, you will set up a profile and schedule your exam using the voucher code provided


TSIA Score Retrieval Request

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. 

Please select the college or campus you will be attending and complete the Score Retrieval Form.


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. Advanced Math Sample Questions


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 -ESL Sample Questions

Testing is allowed once per 30 days.



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




Testing for Health Career Programs


Health Career Program requirements can be found at https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/health-sciences/#


Please follow the steps below if your program requires the HESI Test.  

  1. Create an online student account at https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/.
  2. Schedule your appointment online at https://www.registerblast.com/hccs-coleman/Exam/List
  3. The payment of $75.00 must be made by either credit or debit card on the testing day to the Business Office at HCC Coleman, 1900 Pressler Street.
  4. Please bring login credentials on your scheduled testing day. https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/
  5. A valid, non-expired Government Issued Photo ID is required.


Applicants are allowed 2 attempts on the HESI Exam. Students may retake the unsatisfactory section(s), but recommended to wait at least 30 days before retesting. Scores are valid for 3 years.

For additional assistance, contact HCC Coleman College Testing Center at 713.718.5170 or via email: coleman.testing@hccs.edu


Important Test Delivery Information Pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The status of our test delivery is changing rapidly due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about test center operations in accordance with Houston Community College (HCC), the government and local authorities. Please check the HCC website at www.hccs.edu often for frequent updates.

Starting, Monday, March 23, the HCC Coleman Testing Center will suspend exam administration until further notice. Please note that this includes the ADA, HESI and correspondence exams.

Impact to Candidate Exam Schedules

We know you have questions about the status of your exam and rescheduling or scheduling new exam appointments at this time. We are working diligently to respond to your questions and concerns. Please email us at coleman.testing@hccs.edu.

How will I know if my exam is canceled? 

If you were scheduled to take the HESI Assessment the week of March 23-27, you should have received an email notifying you of the cancellation.

Can I reschedule my exam at this time?

Exams are not being rescheduled at this time. We will send out a notification when you are able to reschedule your exam through our online registration system https://www.registerblast.com/hccs-coleman/Exam/List.  The system will only allow you to book exams on dates that will be available for testing.

Will I be able to test before the application deadline for the program I am applying to? 

We are working closely with our program directors and advisors to address your concerns about the upcoming application deadline. 

New deadlines will be shared when it becomes available.

Impact to Candidate Applications

Candidates are advised to submit their application with all documentation except the required test. Once the testing center re-opens, applicants will be able to test and the scores will be added to their application.



CLEP - Credit By Exam

What is CLEP?

Remote testing for CLEP is not available. 


CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 34 exams that cover intro-level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.


To schedule a CLEP exam appointment at one of the HCC Testing Centers first visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam to create a CLEP Student Account. Choose a CLEP subject test and pay the $89 per subject test fee.  HCC charges an administrative CLEP fee of $12 per scheduled CLEP appointment. Please print or take of picture of the Registration Ticket to provide to the testing center on the day of testing. 


CLEP Testing Centers 

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Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency

Take the GED

Register to take the test:



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 - Test at home options now available.

Update: ETS launches the HiSET® exam at home option for test takers


Register to test:



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


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.