Student Assessment Center

The Student Assessment Center provides various examinations for the students entering South Texas College. Exams such as the TSI Assessment Exam, the American College Test (ACT), General Educational Development (GED), and many others from Pearson VUE are available. All exams are scheduled and administered throughout the year making it necessary to provide reservations for the various test types.

Market Place: Sign Up For Exams

Hours & Locations

Pecan Pecan Plaza (GED Office) Mid-Valley Starr County

Pecan Campus

Student Assessment Center
3201 W. Pecan Blvd., K2.100
McAllen, TX 78501

(956) 872-3484
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm

Staff

Name E-mail Phone
Abalos, Elizabeth - Testing Specialist eabalos (956) 872-3496
Castrejon, Aimee - Testing Technician accastre (956) 872-6471
Lozano, Adrian - Director of Testing Services galozano (956) 872-3485
Olea, Cari - Dual Credit Testing Specialist crobledo_9980 (956) 872-6407
Irlas, Hector - Coordinator of Testing Services h_irlas (956) 872-3489
Olivares, Silvia - Testing Specialist solivares_6035 (956) 872-3477
Ramirez, Amanda - Testing Specialist aramirez_7972 (956) 872-2120

Pecan Plaza (GED Office)

2603 Pecan Plaza 
McAllen, TX 78503 
956-872-3842 

Regular Hours
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm  

Staff

Name E-mail Phone
Maldonado, Denise - Testing Specialist drmaldonado (956) 872-3844
Quintanilla, Carolina - Testing Technician cquintan (956) 872-3842
Uvalle, Lori - Testing Specialist loriu (956) 872-6402

Mid-Valley Campus

Student Assessment Center
400 N. Border, F129
Weslaco, TX 78596

(956) 447-6602
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Staff

Name E-mail Phone
De Anda, Ricardo - Testing Specialist rdeanda (956) 872-7617
Uresti, D'Ann - Testing Technician duresti3 (956) 872-6602

Starr County Campus

Student Assessment Center
142 FM 3167, G1.102
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

(956) 488-6976
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Staff

Name E-mail Phone
Vasquez, Amy - Testing Technician avasquez (956) 488-6976
Lopez, Maria Rocio - Testing Specialist mdlopez (956) 488-5827

Choose an Exam:

ACT GED® TSI Pearson VUE HESI HiSET

ACT FAQs

How do I register for the ACT?

Go to www.actstudent.org. You must create an ACT web account by clicking on Sign Up/Log In

What are the dates for the ACT?

Go to http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html to review the dates for the entire year.

Where do we show up for the test?

The place depends on the college/university location you choose during registration. Your Admissions Ticket will provide you with the time, date, and where to meet. Here at STC, the meeting location is in Building J - first floor lobby area.

How much does it cost to take the ACT exam?

If you are testing for ACT (No Writing), it will be $38.00. If you are testing ACT Plus Writing, it will be $54.50. For more information on this, please go to http://www.actstudent.org/regist/actfees.html

How can I do my best on test day?

ACT Test Preparation

ACT Registration

Visit actstudent.org to register for the ACT exam:

actstudent.org

GED® Information

General Requirements to take GED® Test: (On-Line):

  • Have a government issued photo ID
  • Be 18 years of age
  • You are a resident of Texas
  • Not be enrolled in school
  • Not be a high school graduate
Not 18? You can test at 17 if:
  • You have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • You are a resident of Texas;
  • You are not enrolled in school (you are excepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program);
  • You are not a high school graduate, and
  • You must have parental/guardian permission.
You can test at 16 if:
  • The applicant has a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID
  • The applicant is a resident of the state
  • In the care of a state agency or under a court order or in a Job Corps training program
  • Is not enrolled in school
  • Is not a high school graduate

All GED Exams are On-Line Testing via the Pearson VUE system:

Visit https://ged.com/ for test registration.

  • $36.25 per test - paid upon registration for each of the 4 tests
  • $145 total
Test Descriptions and Materials
Subject Area Time Allowed
Reasoning Through Language Arts 155 minutes
Mathematical Reasoning 120 minutes
Science 95 minutes
Social Studies 70 minutes
Test Scores

The GED test now has a passing score of 145 on each part of the test. Therefore, each test taker will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each section, and a total score of 580 on the entire test battery.(All four parts combined)*

*Test takers who took GED from January 1 2014 and onward.

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145+

Official Practice Test:

GED® Registration

Visit ged.com to register for the GED® test.
GED® Registration

TSI FAQs

Do I need to take a TSI Pre-Assessment? 

All students taking the TSI for the first time are required to submit proof of completion before testing. No student will be allowed to test, until they have completed their Pre-Assessment Activity. If you have tested before for TSI and have completed your Pre-Assessment Activity you do not have to take it again.

You can visit the link below to complete your Pre-Assessment Activity. 

http://www.onlineorientation.net/stc-pa 

What dates are available to test for TSI?

Dates will be shown in the STC Marketplace site once you choose a testing site below.

How much does it cost to take the exam?

All three sections: $29 plus $25 Reservation fee = $54.00;
Two Sections: $20 plus $25 Reservation fee = $45.00;
One Section: $10 plus $25 Reservation fee = $35.00

Where do we meet to take the exam?

Throughout the entire year, we test in Bldg. K2-402 at the Pecan Campus; we test in F-129 at the Mid-Valley Campus, and we test in G1-404 at the Starr Campus.

How do I sign up for the TSI?

Visit the STC Marketplace online, choose a campus, and then choose the exam(s) and date of your choice.

The following may exempt you from the TSI:

ACT: Composite score of 23 or higher and a 19 on the English and/or Math sections. Valid for 5 years after testing.

SAT: SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.

TAKS: Minimum of 2200 on both English and/or math section with at least a 3 on the writing component on the 11th grade (exit level) exam. Valid for 5 years after testing.

STAAR: Minimum of 4000 on English III Level II and 4000 on Algebra II Level II. Valid for 5 years after testing.

Military: Veterans and active duty personnel serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.

Transfer: Transfer from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the admissions office.

Certificate: Are enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or equivalent).

College Preparatory Courses are valid for 1 year from date of graduation with grade of "C" or higher in English Language Arts (CP110100) and Mathematics (CP111200).

TSI Practice Resources

TSI Registration

Select a location to begin the registration process:

Pearson VUE FAQs:

What kinds of tests does Pearson VUE provide?

Go to http://www.pearsonvue.com/ and click on Test Taker Services. Once you click on Test Taker Services, it takes you to where you would have to select your category and program for the test you are interested in testing. For example, click under Category: Academic/Admissions and on program, it provides you with all the different programs available to test in this case look for GED(R) Test. Once you click on that it takes you to sign up for a GED email account and then you are ready to register for the test(s).

How much does it cost to take an exam through Pearson VUE?

This will vary based on the test you choose. For Example, the GED has 4 sections you need to take to get your certificate: $33.75 each individual test or you may take all 4 in one sitting for $135.00

Where do we show up for the test?

Pearson VUE exams are offered at the Pecan Plaza Testing Center, located at 2603 Pecan Blvd., McAllen. Make sure you take your admissions ticket, picture ID and any other information listed on your admissions ticket.

Pearson VUE Registration

Pearson VUE administers many different tests, including:

  • CompTIA
  • GED®
  • and many others

HESI A2 Exam

The HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) Admission Assessment, administered at South Texas College is a computerized exam designed to assess prospective students entering certain health fields at STC. The South Texas College Board of Trustees has approved the HESI exam for Fall 2017. Beginning September 1st 2017, students can begin signing up for the HESI exam through the STC Marketplace and pay all applicable fees.

Do I need to take the HESI exam?

Please call the South Texas College nursing program of study for more information.

ADN Program – 956-872-3132

LVN – 956-872-3011

How do I register for the HESI exam?

Student taking the HESI A2 exam must follow these instructions:

  1. View the HESI available test dates at STC Marketplace using the HESI store. After you select a test date and time, you will be prompted to enter your information, payment, and to check off rules and regulations to test for the HESI A2 exam. Students are responsible to check out if they are testing for the HESI exam for the second time, failure to provide that information will result in taking the wrong exam. Absolutely no refunds will be given for providing the wrong information.
  2. Once all information is entered, and your payment has been processed, you will receive a test date receipt which you will need to bring with you on the day of the exam. Your receipt is your proof of purchase, without it you may not be able to test.
  3. Create an Evolve account at evolve.elsevier.com.
    Click on I’m A Student, then click My Evolve. In the orange pop-up box, click Create Account. You will receive an email containing your username and password.
  4. Bring your payment receipt, your username and password, a valid non-expired ID. We do not recommend bringing in any other personal items; they are not permitted inside the testing room. If you bring any personal items, they will not be allowed inside the testing room. Students will be directed to place all personal items in a locker. STC nor the Student Assessment Center are responsible for any items damaged, stolen, or lost while being stored in the lockers.

What fees do I have to pay to take the HESI exam?

All students are required to pay a $25 reservation fee, plus a $45 test fee. All fees are not refundable and non-transferable. NO EXCEPTIONS .

What sections will I be tested on?

Students will be tested in seven areas and will be given a total of 5 hours for the exam.

Subject Items
Reading Comprehension: Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc. 55 items
Vocabulary & General Knowledge: Contains vocabulary terms that are commonly used in both general English speaking settings and in health care fields. 55 items
Grammar: Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc. 55 items
Basic Math Skills: Focuses  on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math, facts, etc. 55 items
Anatomy & Physiology: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems. 30 items
Learning Style: Assesses the preferred learning style. 14 items
Personality Style: Assesses personality related to preferred learning style. 15 items

Where is the HESI exam administered?

At this time the HESI exam is only administered at the Pecan campus. All students should report to the STC Student Assessment Center located at 2603 Pecan Plaza.

What do I need to bring on the day of the exam?

On the day of the exam, students are only required to bring in their valid non-expired ID, receipt of payment , and student username and password . Personal belongings, including electronic devices are not permitted inside the testing room. Students are advised to not bring these items on the day of the exam, however a locker is provided to store personal items if needed. SAC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items stored inside the locker.

How do I prepare?

A study booklet is available and can be purchased at the online store:

HESI Admission Assessment Review, 4th Edition Edition
ISBN-10: 0323353789
ISBN-13: 9780323353786

When do I know the results of my exam?

A copy of the HESI test scores will be given after completion. The Student Assessment Center does not discuss test scores with testers. Students are recommended to discuss all test scores with their particular department of study.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact the Student Assessment Center at 956-872-3484.

How many times can I test?

Students are allowed to test for HESI only twice per eligibility period only.

There are three eligibility periods:

  • January 1 through May 31
  • June 1 through August 31
  • September 1 through December 31

STC Nursing program may not accept HESI scores for students who test for more than twice per eligibility period. Students will not receive any refunds if they test more than twice per eligibility period.

HiSET Exam

What is the HiSET exam?

The HiSET exam is a five-part test states use in the process of issuing a high school equivalency credential. The exam allows you to show you have the same academic knowledge and skills as a high school graduate. Taking the exam can help you do lots of different things, like:

  • further your education
  • help you advance in your career
  • join the military
  • meet federal education requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Texas, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: In Texas, you can take the HiSET exam without meeting any additional requirements if you are not currently enrolled in high school and are at least 18 years of age.

    If you are age 16 or 17, not enrolled in high school and meet state requirements for an exception you can test.

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 21 and enrolled in public or TEA accredited charter high school equivalency program (Options) you may test.

    • I am 16

    • I am 17

    • I am between 18 and 25 years old

    Note: No one under 16 years of age may request an exception. No one between the ages of 21 and 25 years who is still enrolled in high school may take the HiSET exam.

  • Residency: You must be a resident of Texas to take the HiSET exam, and you must show proof of it on test day. Acceptable proof of residency includes a valid Texas driver’s license, a utility bill or a bank statement with a Texas address.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: You are encouraged to seek test preparation and instruction, but Texas does not require you to complete an instruction or preparation course in order to take the exam.
  • Practice Test: Texas does not require you to take an official practice test in order to take the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: A valid form of government-issued (national or foreign) identification is required in order to take the HiSET exam. On the day of your test, if you do not bring a valid government-issued ID, you will not be allowed to test. Valid forms of identification include:
    • state-issued driver’s license or identification card
    • military identification card
    • foreign- or U.S.-issued passport
    • matrícula consular identification card

How will I take my exam?

The HISET exam at South Texas College is currently only available by computer.

Can I mix and match scores from previously taken high school equivalency exams such as GED?

Absolutely not, you may not mix exam results from other high equivalency exams such as GED. It is recommended that a student complete all sections with that same exam to receive their diploma.

How much does it cost to take the HISET exam in Texas?

ETS HiSET test fee: $10/individual test, which includes three attempts within 12 months from your date of purchase.

Texas State Administration fee: $5/individual test, per attempt.

Test Center fees: $10/individual test, per attempt.

What do I need to bring on the day of my test?

You will need to bring:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by the state. Make sure your name on your ID appears exactly as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.
  • Proof of residency. You must be a resident of Texas in order to take the HiSET exam in Texas. To demonstrate residency, bring one of the following:
    • Texas state ID/driver’s license
    • Utility bill with Texas address
    • Bank statement with Texas address

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all.

How can I schedule or change a testing appointment?

Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in one of two ways:

  • online through your HiSET account
  • by calling ETS Customer Service

To reschedule your appointment, call an ETS representative 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).

Exceptions:

You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you have a disability or health-related need and require accommodations. Contact ETS Disability Services.

How do I know if I've passed the HiSET exam?

Each of the five subtests in the HiSET exam is scored on a scale of 1–20. In order to pass you must do all three of the following:

  • Achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Have a total combined score on all five subtests of at least 45

What if something unexpected happens on test day, I don't cancel and I cannot make my scheduled appointment? Can I get a refund?

Students must contact ETS directly as STC does not take payment for the HISET exam. ETS understands that things happen that are outside your control and has processes in place to evaluate and approve refunds for ETS-collected HiSET test fees. Exception cases are handled and evaluated for refund eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Exception cases refer to:

  • events caused by ETS, the test center or tester
  • events beyond the control of all parties (e.g., severe weather, power outages, etc.)