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: 8:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Friday: 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.


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) 872-2217
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 

Regular Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. 


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
Mon-Friday: 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.


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 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


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

Choose an Exam:



How do I register for the ACT?

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

What are the dates for the ACT?

Go to 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

How can I do my best on test day?

ACT Test Preparation

ACT Registration

Visit to register for the ACT exam:

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 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 to register for the GED® test.
GED® Registration


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. 

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: Combined verbal and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on verbal and math sections. Valid for 5 years after testing.

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 2000 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 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