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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You may call it testing, but we like to call it "assessment." At TSTC, we begin our relationship with you by listening to you and discovering what your hopes and dreams are in life, then assessing the skills, knowledge and abilities you already have. Our Assessment Centers provide exceptional, accessible, and comprehensive tools for our students to help you achieve your career goals.

Not sure what to do? Start by knowing and understanding your options.

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What is the GED? GED (General Educational Development) Tests measure the outcome of a high school education. The GED Tests consist of five tests, one in each of these subjects: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and Reading.

Who can take the GED Test?

Eligibility for GED testing is established by the Texas Education Code, Section 7.111, which states that a resident of the state who has not graduated from high school is eligible to take the high school equivalency test in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education.

In order to take the GED Tests, an applicant must:

  • be 18 years of age;
  • be a resident of the state; and
  • not be enrolled in school; and
  • not be a high school graduate.

An applicant 17 years of age may test if:

  • the applicant is a resident of the state;
  • the applicant is not enrolled in school (exception is made if the applicant is enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program);
  • is not a high school graduate; and
  • the applicant has parental/guardian permission.

An applicant 16 years of age may test if:

  • the applicant is a resident of the state;
  • the applicant is not enrolled in school;
  • is not a high school graduate; and
  • a public agency providing supervision of the person or having custody of the person under a court order recommends that the person take the examination; or
  • is in a Job Corps training program.

How can someone who has lost his/her GED certificate or test scores find the record?

Records of all certificates issued in Texas are on file at the GED Unit, Texas Education Agency. A candidate's complete name, date of birth, and Social Security Number are needed to locate a file. Requests from third parties, such as schools or employers, must bear a release signed by the record-holder.

If you wish to request a new or duplicate GED certificate, click on the link below:
GED Certificate Request (pdf)

THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)

The Texas Legislature replaced the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and replaced the TASP exam with the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), ASSET, COMPASS, and ACCUPLACER exams. Under the new legislation, TSI requires all students be assessed prior to enrolling in college level coursework in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math.

Individuals wishing to enroll, but have not taken the THEA Test, must take the Accuplacer Test, which is administered by qualified college personnel. Prospective students who do not pass a portion(s) of the THEA or Accuplacer Test must participate in remediation in at least one deficient area in order to be enrolled in college-level coursework. 

Who must take the THEA (TASP) test?

The requirements for taking the THEA (TASP) test apply to students who are entering or enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education (i.e. a college, university or technical institute), and teacher education students at both public and private institutions in Texas, including:

  • Students enrolling in associate degree programs or any certificate program,
  • Students transferring from out-of-state institutions or from private Texas colleges or universities,
  • Students who meet the legal definition of deaf but have not taken and passed three or more semester credit hours, or the equivalent prior to September 1995 must take the Stanford Achievement Test for hearing impaired students in lieu of the THEA (TASP).

Who is exempt?

  • Students who meet qualifying standards on the SAT, ACT, TAAS, or, after Fall 2004, the exit-level TAKS. Those scores are good for five and three years, respectively,
  • Students who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree,
  • Students who transfer to a Texas IHE from a private or independent IHE or an accredited out-of-state and who have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution,
  • Students who have attended any institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution, and
  • Students serving in the military.

What exemptions have disappeared?

  • Grandfathering
  • Deaf students
  • Dyslexia and related disorders
  • High school graduates
  • International students
  • Students 55 or older
  • THEA (TASP) waived
  • Certificate programs

To register for the THEA or to find out test dates log on to: http://www.thea.nesinc.com


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