THEA Internet-Based Test

THEA IBT

2015 Schedule

  •       MONDAYS

    SEPT — 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
    OCT — 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
    NOV —   11/2, 11/9, 11/30
    DEC — 12/21
  • Please arrive by 9:45am
  • Exam start-time: 10am
  • Test Location: MC 1.401
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YOUR SEAT in the TESTING CENTER


THEA  IBT  Tips
Digital lockers are available on the lower level of the library, near MC 1.401, to store your personal items while testing.

Texas Higher Education Assessment
(THEA Internet-Based Testing ) Guidelines

The THEA IBT will be used for Teacher Education Program entrance ONLY.
It is not an accepted TSI exam.

UT Dallas Testing Center is a restricted testing site for current UT Dallas students only.

If you are NOT a CURRENT UT Dallas student, please contact other test sites directly to set up your THEA IBT testing appointment.

Contents of the THEA IBT

The THEA IBT is a four-hour, computer administered exam accepted by the College of Education for entrance into the Teacher Certification program.

THEA IBT consists of 3 sections: Reading, Writing and Math.

Reading: The Reading section consists of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions matched to about seven reading selections of 300-750 words each. Students will be asked to answer several multiple-choice questions about each reading selection.

Writing: The Writing portion consists of 2 subsections: a multiple-choice subsection and a writing sample subsection. The multiple-choice subsection includes approximately 40 multiple-choice questions assessing students’ ability to recognize various elements of effective writing. Students must take both the multiple-choice subsection and the writing sample subsection.

For the writing sample subsection, it contains one writing assignment. You will be asked to write a 300-600 words essay on an assigned topic. Your essay may NOT be more than 1,000 words.

Math: The Math section consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions covering four general areas: fundamental mathematics, algebra, geometry, and problem solving. Students will have access to an online four-function calculator for their use. No other calculators are permitted.

THEA IBT General Testing Information
You must be registered 24 hrs prior to test date.

You may take one, two, or three sections of the test at the test session.

You may take the sections in any order that you choose, but you cannot attempt another section of the THEA until you have completely finished the section on which you are working. You must be registered 24 hrs prior to test date.

Time Management: |   click here
Time Management:

You are allowed 4 hours for the ENTIRE test. This includes reading the directions and the writing sample of the writing portion of the test.

TEST INFORMATION AND PREPARATION: |   click here
TEST INFORMATION AND PREPARATION:

Visit Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson at the thea.nesinc.com/practice.htm for test description and practice tests.

PASSING THEA TEST SCORES: |   click here
  • Passing THEA IBT Test Scores for Students Seeking Teacher Certification:
  • Reading 260
  • Writing 240
  • Math 240
REGISTRATION INFORMATION - Prior to test date |   click here
PRIOR TO TEST DATE
THEA IBT Registration – two-step process

UT Dallas Testing Center is a restricted testing site for current UT Dallas students only.

If you are NOT a current UT Dallas student, please contact other test sites directly to set up your THEA IBT testing appointment.

You are responsible for paying 2 separate fees before exam day:

Exam Fees:
  • $20 non-refundable administration fee payable to UT Dallas;
  • plus, a $29 exam fee payable to THEA.
  • THEA requires that you go to their website and pay their $29 testing fee prior to the day of the test (see below).

STEP 1: UT Dallas students, please click UTD Marketplace to pay your $20 non-refundable administration fee for the test. Once the payment is complete, it is your responsibility to sign up for a test date with the Testing Center.

Please click “RESERVE-A-SEAT" to sign up for a test date in the Testing Center.

STEP 2: After you sign up for a test date, go to THEA Registration Checklist to set up your THEA IBT account, pay the $29 testing fee, and purchase your THEA test and any study materials that you may need.

The $29 THEA fee is non-refundable. The registration platform will allow you to purchase a THEA exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials.

Once you register on THEA, make sure to note your email address and password for the THEA account you create. You will need it when you arrive at the testing center on test day.

No Standbys – you must be registered 24 hrs prior to test date.


ON TESTING DAY |   click here
CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS:

You should report to the Testing Center, MC 1.401 at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the test. If you do not arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the test, you may forfeit your registration.

TEST PROCEDURES:

You must bring your email address and password for the THEA account you create as you will need it when you arrive at the testing center on test day.
You cannot take your THEA test without knowing the email address and password used when purchasing your test from THEA.

IDENTIFICATION:

(1 photo + 1 photo/non-photo): In order to take the THEA IBT, you must bring two forms of current personal identification, in the name in which you registered, bearing photograph to be admitted to the exam. You will not be admitted to the test without the two forms of proper identification.

Examples of Photo IDs :
* UTD Student ID card    * Valid driver’s license * Military ID card
* Valid State ID * Current alien registration card (Green Card)
* Valid passport * Department of Public Safety Card
Acceptable forms of Non-Photographic Identification:
  * Pay stub   * Insurance card
  * Social Security Card   * Valid credit/debit card


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: |   click here
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS:

Examinees who require extended time for testing on the THEA IBT exam must first register for the test at thea.starttest.com After registering, the examinee must phone Evaluation Systems at (866) 565-4879 between 8am - 5pm (CT), M - F, to discuss alternative testing arrangement.

TO CHANGE/MODIFY APPOINTMENT: |   click here
TO CHANGE/MODIFY APPOINTMENT:

You must change/modify at least 24 hours in advance. Sign in to RESERVE-A-SEAT to change your appointment. As long as you modify your appointment 24 hours prior to your test date your payment will be current. If you CANCEL your appointment you will need to repay the fee.

RE-TAKE POLICY: |   click here
RE-TAKE POLICY:

You may not re-take within 14 days of another test administration. You may register and pay for a test during the 14 days, but you may not take the actual test until after the 14-day waiting period has elapsed, or the 15th day.

SCORE INFORMATION: |   click here
SCORE INFORMATION:

Final scores are posted approximately two (2) business days after you take the THEA IBT test. In most cases, your score report will be available once your writing sample is scored, which may take up to 10 minutes. You may access your score report from any computer with Internet access by logging in to your account at thea.starttest.com

For questions contact the Student Success Center 972-883-6707 or send an email.