THEA - (Texas Higher Education Assessment):
The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public colleges or universities. The THEA test is the only assessment developed specifically to evaluate the readiness of students for college-level coursework in Texas. It was developed by Evaluation Systems Pearson ®, through a rigorous review and approval process supported by skilled and experienced Texas educators. THEA is used at TAMU - Commerce in making placement decisions for enrolling in college-level courses to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).*
The THEA is offered in paper/pencil and internet versions.
Much more than a series of tests, the COMPASS™ system is a comprehensive testing system. It is computer-adaptive, meaning that when you answer a question you will not get the opportunity to correct your answer, so be certain that you click on the answer you intended. Compass is un-timed so there no need to hurry. Compass helps place students into appropriate courses while maximizing the information colleges need to ensure student success. Using the latest technology, COMPASS measures students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The system also includes e-Write, an electronically scored direct writing assessment that provides results in seconds. It provides fast, accurate results to help you make the right course placement decisions. Compass is used at TAMU - Commerce in making placement decisions for enrolling in college-level courses to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).*
The Math Placement exam is an opportunity for students, who already have other placement test results, to place into a higher level math class by demonstrating the necessary skills for a higher level Math class. The exam begins in pre-Algebra and moves on to Algebra. Math placement exams should be taken prior to first class day, but no later than the semester drop/add deadline so that the appropriate schedule changes, if necessary, can be made.
The Spanish faculty has developed a written placement exam to evaluate Spanish aural/listening proficiency, writing, and reading skills of incoming Spanish students. Students whose degree plan already requires them to take upper division Spanish may not substitute lower division courses for upper division ones. However, they may benefit from taking the placement exam by being exempt from the prerequisites, Spa 231 and Spa 232. The objective of this exam is to discern the level of students' language competencies. At the completion of the exam students should demonstrate competencies at the following levels according to the requirements of the Spanish division at Texas A & M University-Commerce: 1) No proficiency; 2) Elementary Spanish I; 3) Elementary Spanish II; 4) Intermediate Spanish I; 5) Intermediate Spanish II.