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Testing Center Services
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment - Walk-Ins Welcome

(Fee:  $36.00 all or $12.00 per section - Effective 09/03/2013)

The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help institutions determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of Reading, Writing and Math.  This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet the students' needs to help them become college-level ready.

Before taking the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity; this THECB required activity will stress the importance of the TSI Assessment and provide practive test questions, developmental education options, and available campus and community resources.


  • Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) - Walk-Ins Welcome

 (Fee:  $15.00 pd @ cashiers + $35 pd w/credit card on testing day)

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

Testing Hours for HOBET Exam:  Mondays/Tuesdays no later than 1pm; Thursdays no later than 5pm; Saturdays no later than 8:15am 


  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-LVN) - Appointment Required

(Fee:  $15 pd @ cashiers + $40 pd w/credit card on testing day)

TEAS is an entrance test administered to students interested in enrolling in the LVN program.  To register, please visit http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenvn/application

Test can only be taken once per application period. Seating is limited.


  •  LPN-STEP ONLINE ASSESSMENT (LPN-RN) - Appointment Required  

(Fee:  $15 pd @ cashiers + $18 pd w/credit card on testing day)

Developed by expert nurse educators, this two-product program assists in determining what knowledge is needed for each LPN who is considering pursuing an RN license.  LPN Step is an entrance test administered to students interested in enrolling in the RN program.

To schedule an appointment, please visit the Workshop/Event Registration System. Seating is limited.


  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) iBT - Appointment Required

(Fee:  $25 pd @ cashiers + $80 pd w/credit card prior to testing day)

CLEP® exam payments {$80.00} must be made by test-takers online through the My Account portal. Other forms of payment (i.e. credit card, check, money order) for CLEP exams will no longer be acceptable at CLEP test centers (individual test center fee collection remains as is).

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

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

Exam Day Info!  (Please Read)

To schedule your appointment for the CLEP Exam at TSTC, please call our Testing Center at 956.364.4308 or email us at testing@harlingen.tstc.edu. 

To look up CLEP passing scores: CLEP Scores 

For more information visit:  CLEP Website  |  Information for Test-Takers (2013-2014)

For TSTC Credit Award Policies:  Policy


For more information, please read more regarding TSTC Online Learning Exams.


  • Proctoring for Non-TSTC Students - Appointment Required 

(Fee:  $25 pd @ cashiers)

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 testing@harlingen.tstc.edu.


Testing Reminders:

  • Pay fee @ Cashier's Window - Student Services Center (Bldg. EK)
  • Take receipt to Testing Center - SSC (Bldg. EK), Room 312
  • Provide Receipt and Picture ID to test (BOTH REQUIRED)
  • Must arrive on time! (Testing Center Rules)

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete the TSI Assessment or any examination please contact the Testing Center at 956.364.4308. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations will be required to make arrangements with the Support Services Office by visiting the office which is located at the Student Services Center, Room 216 or contact the Support Services Office at 956.364.4520/956.364.4526(TDD) to schedule an appointment. Students are encouraged to make arrangements at least two weeks prior to test date. Please be advised that late request will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.











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