TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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As you begin planning for college, you will need to take the Accuplacer Test if you have not taken the THEA (TASP) test prior to enrollment. The Accuplacer is a placement test to assess your abilities in reading, writing, and math. This test typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, however, the test in not timed. Since it helps us to assess your current level of learning, all students are required to take the Accuplacer Test during the admission process and prior to registration, or provide alternate test scores such as Compass and Asset.  *There is a 30 day waiting period to retest for same portion of the exam.

Accuplacer (CPT)                                                 

 Fee:  $30 ($10 per section)

The Testing Center is open for Accuplacer testing Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays. Testing will be held in the Student Center, room 127. Hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, & Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (MUST arrive no later than 1:30 PM)

Wednesday: No Accuplacer testing; GED testing only

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM (MUST arrive no later than 6:00 PM)

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (MUST arrive no later than 9:00 AM)

Accuplacer Test Practice Site and Sample Questions:  

Official College Board Accuplacer Sample Questions 

Other Tests

Ability to Benefit (ATB)                                                

Fee:  $6

ATB is administered to students wishing to enroll in the College, but have not completed their high school diploma or GED.

*After initial test, two-week waiting period to retest; further attempts require three-month waiting period

ATB Test Practice Site: ATB Practice Site 1

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - Appointment Required                                                  

CLEP is the most widely used credit-by-examination program today:  2,900 accredited colleges and universities grant credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. CLEP credits will not be awarded for any courses in which a student is currently enrolled, has been previously enrolled, and/or earned a grade, or has previously failed.  *Six-month waiting period to retest. 

** CLEP Examinations are for TSTC credit ONLY. Each Institution has its own credit-granting policy

** Effective July 1, 2010, the CLEP exam fee will be a total of $92 (CLEP Exam will increase to $77) To setup an appointment for the CLEP test email:  Rosalinda.Morales@harlingen.tstc.edu or Jessica.Cordova@harlingen.tstc.edu.   Make sure to include your Full name, Test Name, Telephone # and day and time you would like to test.  Please allow us 24 hours to contact you to confirm your test date.  To view our testing center hours please click on the Testing Center Hours link.   

To look up the passing score for CLEP click on: CLEP Scores 

For more information logon the CLEP Website

Fee:  $15+$72 (Credit Card Required)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Test Practice Site:

KUDER  – No Appointment Required

 Are you confused on what you want to study? Kuder assessments’ is the answer for you. Kuder assessments allows students to learn about themselves, explore various career options and discover how these options relate to their interests, skills, and work values. 

If you are interested in taking a KUDER assessment, please come to our Testing Center located at the Student Center room 138. Assessment is about 30 minutes long.

Fee:  FREE

Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) - No Appointment Required 

HOBET is an entrance test administered to students interested in enrolling in the Medical Assistant and Surgical Technology programs.  *One-year waiting period to retest

 Fee:  $30 (Paid at Cashiers Window)

Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) Test Practice Site:

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 

TEAS is an entrance test administered to students interested in enrolling in the LVN program and Dental Hygiene Program.

 Fee:  $15 (to be paid at cashiers) +$25 (to be paid with Credit Card on the day of testing)

 *LVN Program- click here to register online

*Dental Hygiene Program- NO Appointment Required

Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)

Refer to the THEA Test Registration Bulletin, available at the THEA Web site for information regarding registration options and fee.

Refer to the 2009-2010 THEA Test Registration Bulletin, available at the THEA Web site, for information regarding registration options.

*Regular Registration can be completed online or by mail.

*Late & Emergency Registration can only be completed online and additional fee applies.

Refer to the THEA website for more information.


Proctoring - Appointment Required 

Students who need a test proctored and are not enrolled at TSTC Harlingen need to reserve a seat by calling 956.364.4308 or email Rosalinda.Morales@harlingen.tstc.edu or Jessica.Cordova@harlingen.tstc.edu.  Make sure to include your Full name, Name of College, Instructor Name with contact information, Subject, Telephone # and day and time you would like to test.  Please allow us 24-48 hours to contact you to confirm your test date.  To view our testing center hours please click on the Testing Center Hours link.  The fee is $15 per test.

Fee:  $15 (to be paid at cashiers) 

Testing Reminders

  • Fees to be paid at Cashier’s window – Student Services Building
  • Receipt to be taken to testing center – Student Center (Room 138)
  • Picture ID and Receipt required for testing
  • Texas ID and Social Security Card required
  • Receipt required (Non-Refundable)
  • Tests are Timed; DO NOT BE LATE!

For more testing information, call (956) 364-4310 or (956)  364-4316

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There are fees and procedures for taking the Accuplacer and other tests. Please pay your fee at the Cashier’s Window located in the Student Services Building.

Accuplacer – $30 or $10 per section.

ATB (Ability to Benefit) – $6

Testing Requirements:

  • Bring your receipt to the Student Center, room 127 to begin testing.

  • Must present a government-issued Picture ID (Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, College ID, or an official High School photo ID).

For more information please call Rhonda Gomez at 956-364-4310 or the testing lab at 956-364-4308.


General Education Development (GED) - Appointment Required

GED tests are a battery of five tests that, when passed, certify the taker has high school-level academic skills.  Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take the GED tests. *Six-month waiting period to retest

For more information, log on to the GED website

Fee:  $95 ($15 Retest)  (Non-Refundable)

General Education Development (GED) Test Practice Site:

Register for your GED at TSTC.

GED Testing – Student Center (Room 138)

Counseling & Testing:
voice: 956.364.4310
voice: 956.364.4311
fax: 956.364.5215
Liz Silva
voice: 956.364.4310
voice: 956.364.4311
fax: 956.364.5215
Email: Counseling & Testing
   Mailing Address:
Advisement & Testing
TSTC Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
Counseling/ Advisement Office - Student Services Building, Room 147
Testing Center - Student Center, Room 127
   Office Hours:
F: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Sat.: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Sun.: Closed

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