The purpose of the Texarkana College Assessment and Testing Center is to accurately administer and report confidential student assessment records and to provide a clean, fair, comfortable, and safe testing environment for all students and community members taking institutional exams, as well as correspondence/on-line, state and national exams; including but not limited to A2, Ability to Benefit, ACT, CLEP, Dantes, GED, ISO Quality, Lasergrade/PSI, Pearson Vue, SAT, and distance learning computerized and paper exams.
For a complete list please look at the Testing Center web page at https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/academics/testing-center/.
NOTE: Students and community members must have a valid/current ID for admission.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was instituted by the Texas Legislature in 2003 as a replacement for the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). The purpose of the TSI is to ensure that students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess necessary academic skills. All undergraduate students who are not exempt from the TSI must take the assessment test prior to enrollment in college-level courses. Students who do not meet established minimum standards for the new TSI Assessment (fall 2013) are required by Texas law to be enrolled in the appropriate developmental program as determined by Texarkana College. All students must participate in Pre-Assessment activities before they take the TSI Assessment.
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores. Earn credit for knowledge you have acquired through independent study, prior coursework, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. The student is responsible for contacting the receiving institution to determine what exams are required. CLEP tests are administered on a walk-in basis every day. Tests are administered in the Testing Center located in BCT 11. Obtain a registration form online at www.collegeboard.com/clep, the Advising Office, or the Assessment and Testing Center. Complete the form and return it to the Assessment and Testing Center. You must bring your picture ID and receipts of payment on the day of testing. Exams are administered on computer and scores are furnished immediately after completion.
General Educational Development (GED)
The GED Test battery consists of five separately timed tests that cover five main areas of high school study. These tests are:
Mathematics: This test covers algebra, geometry, number relations, data analysis and statistics, pie charts, bar graphs, and tables. TIME LIMIT IS 90 MINUTES, which is divided into two (2) 45 MINUTE SECTIONS with no breaks between. A calculator is provided for use on Part One. No calculator is allowed for Part Two. Students are not allowed to use their own calculator.
Language Arts Writing Skills: This test covers sentence structure, usage and mechanics, multiple choice, informational documents, business communications, and “how-to” texts. TIME LIMIT IS 2 HOURS, which is divided into 2 parts with no breaks. Test takers are given 75 MINUTES for the multiple choice section and 45 MINUTES for the essay.
Science: The test covers Earth Science (includes space science), physical science (includes physics and chemistry), environmental and health topics, relevance to everyday life and diverse roles of individuals (i.e., worker, family member, and consumer citizen. TIME LIMIT IS 80 MINUTES.
Social Studies: This test covers history, geography, civics, government, economics, and visual processing skills. TIME LIMIT IS 70 MINUTES.
Language Arts Reading Skills: This test covers literary, compare and contrast, and non-fiction. TIME LIMIT IS 65 MINUTES.
Please call 903-823-3278 to schedule a time for testing. A full testing schedule is available online along with more information at https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/academics/testing-center/ged/.