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Undergraduate Entrance Exams

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirement [formerly TASP]

Transfer students who have attended a public institution of higher education in Texas must pass the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) prior to enrolling in upper-level courses. Students who are entering from other Texas public institutions must already have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Students entering from out-of-state or private institutions may satisfy TSI requirements based on a review of specific coursework as determined by the Office of Admissions and Records.

The THEA test is offered several times annually at designated locations, as specified in the THEA information bulletin, available through the internet at www.THEA.nesinc.com. It is the responsibility of the student to have THEA scores sent directly to UHV from the National Evaluation Systems, Inc., or the scores for each section of the test must appear on an official transcript being sent from a college/university you have previously attended. There is no limit to the number of times that you may take any or all sections of the THEA test. You do not have to pass all sections at the same time to satisfy the law; however, you must satisfy all sections prior to unconditional admission to UHV.

The THEA Quick Test, which is also an official THEA test, is administered in Victoria prior to the beginning of each semester. For more information and to register for the exam, students should contact the Academic Center at (361) 570-4288. A $10 non-refundable administration fee (check or money order made payable to UHV) is due at the time of registration. On the THEA Quick Test date, students will need to bring two forms of identification (including one with photo) and a $29 check or money order made payable to National Evaluation Systems (NES).

Whether you choose to take the THEA test at a location identified in the THEA bulletin or take the THEA Quick Test at UHV, you must complete the test before you register in any UHV course work for credit. Scores are usually available for retrieval within seven days after test administration. If you take the test immediately before you begin classes at UHV, you must delay your registration until your scores arrive at the Office of Admissions and Records.

Students who have completed between 30 and 53 semester hours may be admitted conditionally if they have taken but not successfully completed all three sections of the THEA test. They must have satisfied the TSI requirement by the time they complete 54 semester hours and before they enroll solely at UHV.