The THEA consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions covering four general areas: fundamental mathematics, algebra, geometry, and problem solving. The test questions focus on a student's ability to perform mathematical operations and solve problems. The score for the mathematics sections is based on the number of correctly answered questions. There is no penalty for guessing an answer. Scores on the THEA math section range from 100-300.
Appropriate formulas will be provided to help students perform some of the calculations required by the test questions. Note that for the THEA Quick Test you may use a four-function (+, –, ×, ÷) nonprogrammable calculator (with square root [√ ] and percent [%] keys). If you take the THEA Internet-Based Test, an on-screen calculator will be available for your use during the Mathematics Section.
Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, (2012).
THEA Quick Test
The THEA Quick Test is offered by many colleges, universities, and high schools on a schedule determined by the institution. This test is a paper and pencil test. Before taking the THEA Quick Test, you should review the Testing Center Rules
for this test. If you have previously taken the THEA Quick Test, be aware that the THEA Quick Test policies prohibit the retaking of the Quick Test within 30 days of your last Quick Test test date. For more information about taking the THEA Quick Test at Texas State University-San Marcos, go to: THEA Quick Test
THEA Internet-Based Test
The THEA Internet-Based Test (IBT) assesses the same reading, mathematics, and writing skills as the THEA Quick Test, but it is taken on computer instead of on paper. Before taking the THEA-IBT, you should review the Testing Center Rules
for this test. Please note that If you have previously taken the THEA-IBT, be aware that THEA-IBT policies prohibit the retaking of the THEA-IBT within 14 days of your last THEA-IBT test date. For more information about taking the THEA IBT at Texas State University-San Marcos, go to: THEA-IBT
The Math portion of the test is untimed, but the overall THEA test does have a time limit. Please refer to the Texas State University-San Marcos Testing Center
website for more info.
Use of THEA TEST for Math Placement at Texas State University-San Marcos:
Math placement levels for developmental math or for college algebra or its equivalent may be obtained through the math subscore of the THEA Test.
|Math Placement Level ||THEA Math Subscore |
|1300 ||0 - 209 |
|1311 ||210 - 269 |
|1315, 1316, 1319 ||270 - 300 |
For more information about the THEA Test from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state agency that designs and maintains the THEA test, please visit the following website: THEA Texas Higher Education Assessment
Resources Available for the Mathematics Portion of the THEA Test:
There are many resources available to the student that will better prepared the student for THEA Test. Listed below are some of the resources, including online practice tests, websites offering assistance/tutoring for math, books, online videos, and flashcards.
Online Practice Tests:
Websites offer students assistance on various mathematics problems:
Sample of books on the THEA Test:
- THEA Online Study Guide
- The Official THEA® Test Study Guide
- Barron's THEA: The Texas Higher Education Assessment by Janet Elder Ph.D., Sandra J. McCune Ph.D., Nancy J. Wright Ph.D., Andres Taggart Ph.D., Kathleen Cage Mittag Ph.D.
- THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) w/CD-ROM 9th Ed. by Ellen Davis Conner M.A., Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua Ph.D., George P Parks Jr. Ed.M. M.A., Robert Blake Truscott M.A., Clara Wajngurt Ph.D.
Online video instruction for mathematics problems:
- THEA Flashcard Study System: THEA Test Practice Questions & Exam Review for the Texas Higher Education Assessment by THEA Exam Secrets Test Prep Team