Testing Center

The Testing Center is a partner in the enrollment process and before registering for your first college course, you must take the TSI Assessment. The TSI Assessment is used to determine whether the student meets the requirements for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). If you are a transfer student or a returning student, please check with the Testing Center staff to determine course placement. All students who plan to enroll at St. Philip’s College must complete an ApplyTexas application, complete the AlamoEnroll modules and have a Banner ID# to test. Your Banner ID is generated from your Apply TX application and can be located by accessing the Banner ID lookup Tool.

  • TSI Assessment

    What is the TSI Assessment?

    As of August 26, 2013, an institution of higher education shall use the TSI Assessment as the only approved assessment instrument for all students attending a public college. The state mandated program is designed to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The TSI Assessment minimum passing standards for college readiness are: Mathematics score ≥ 350, Reading score ≥ 351, and Writing score 340 - 390 with an essay ≥ 4 or  < 340, ABE > 4 with an essay of 5.Students who score below the cut scores are placed in the appropriate developmental course and will need to earn a "C" or better.

    TSI Student Informative Brochure

    Am I Exempt for the TSI Assessment?

    All students not meeting the exemptions, exceptions, and waivers (see table 1) as defined must take the TSI Assessment as a diagnostic tool to determine reading, writing, and mathematics basic skills. All students who qualify for an exemption, exception or waiver must complete the GO FAARR module and bring the appropriate documentation to the Testing Center.

    What if I Already Took the TSI Assessment?

    Cross Institutional Reporting Form - Use this form if you need our office to pull your TSI Assessment scores electronically from another institution.

    Cross Institutional Reporting Form

    Prior to Testing

    1. Start your application by reviewing Ready, Set, Apply & click on the Apply Texas link.
    2. Check your email to learn how to access your ACES online student portal
    3. Submit your official high school transcript, official GED certificate or official college transcript(s)
    4. Go to our college website www.alamo.edu/spc and login to ACES
    5. Select the “Start Here” tab, checklist items 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before you are eligible to test
    6. Click on the “ENROLL” button to begin & complete the GO FAARR module
    7. Click on the “ENROLL” button to begin & complete the Test Prep module
    8. A score of 6 out of 10 is required on the end of module quizzes
    9. When items 1, 2, & 3 on the checklist are complete, schedule your testing appointment.

    * Non Alamo College students must complete a pre-assessment activity and submit proof of completion prior to taking the TSI Assessment at any of our test sites.

    Special Testing Needs

    Students with documented disabilities may qualify for testing accommodations on the TSI Assessment. Documentation must be presented to the Disability Services (DS) Office in advance. For more information regarding documentation requirements, students may call DS at 210-486-2199 or 210-486-2411.

    What Do I Need the Day of Testing?

    • You must have a valid photo ID
    • You must have an application on file at one of the Alamo Colleges
    • You will need your Banner ID
    • You will need the fee for the test or a payment receipt (see Test Fees)
    • All students need to complete the GO FAARR and Test Prep modules prior to testing
    • Remember the following items are prohibited in the test center lab(s) and will be secured in a designated locker: cell phones (possession or use during the test session), calculators, hats and headwear (except those for religious purposes), food or drinks, printed or hand written material(s), unauthorized aids, or watches.

    How Are Test Scores Used?

    Your test scores are used to determine:

    • What courses you are eligible to enroll in
    • How much time it will take to complete your degree
    • How much your college education will cost

    Students who fall below the minimum placement scores in reading, writing, and mathematics will be placed in developmental education courses for each subject area in which college readiness is not demonstrated. This results in you spending more semesters in college.

    Study Links

  • GED Testing

    St. Philip’s College is designated as an Authorized Pearson Vue Test Center for the administration of the General Educational Development Computer Based Test (GED-CBT) and an authorized Educational Testing Service Center for the administration of the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) under the guidelines of the GED Testing Services and Texas Education Agency (TEA). Tests may only be administered by authorized testing centers under TEC 7.11 and TAC 89.41-47.

    GED TEST

    Registration: 1-877-392-6433
    www.ged.com
    Test Fee: $145
    Cost per Subject: $36.25

    Test Subjects:

    1. Reasoning - Language Arts
    2. Mathematics
    3. Science
    4. Social Studies
     

    Language Option: English and Spanish or Combine Language
    Accommodations: GED Accommodations
    Retest Policy: 60 day waiting period, after first three attempts

     Learn More

    HiSET EXAM

    Registration: 1-855-694-4738
    www.hiset.ets.org
    Test Fee: $125
    Cost per Subject: $25

    Test Subjects:

    1. Language Arts - Reading
    2. Language Arts - Writing
    3. Mathematics
    4. Science
    5. Social Studies

    Language Option: English and Spanish or Combine Language
    Accommodations: HiSET Accommodations
    Retest Policy: Three attempts per calendar year

     HiSET Test Schedule

    High School Equivalency Score Requirement

    GED: A minimum total score of 580 points with no individual test score less than 145 on each of the four exams.
    HiSET: A minimum score of 45 points, minimum score of 2 on the essay, and a minimum of 8 on each subtest

    Required items the day of the test

    1. Government issued identification (Texas DL/Texas ID, Military ID, Passport/Visa, or Consulate ID)
    2. Proof of Texas Residency (if you do not have a Texas ID/DL)
    3. Be 18 years of age or older (for age exceptions visit TEA eligibility requirements)

    GED Records

    Contact Information

    The GED Testing Center is located in the St. Philip’s College Welcome Center, room 207B. We administer the Official GED and HiSET in room 206B.

    • Office & Information: 210-486-2525
    • GED Test Center#: 70376
    • HiSET (Paper)#: HSTP 26054A
    • HiSET (Computer)#: HSTC 26054A
  • CLEP Testing

    The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) through College Board is a computer-based test that provides an opportunity for students to obtain college credit courses in areas that they may have attained college level proficiency.

    Visit the St. Philip's College Catalog for a listing of CLEP courses offered and accepted.

    Registration and Fees

    To Register for the CLEP Test:

    * Please note the CLEP Exam fee will increase to $87 on July 1, 2018.

    Spring/Fall Schedule

    CLEP Exam Schedule Day/Time

    Tuesday:
    9:00 AM
    11:00 AM

    Wednesday:
    9:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    3:00 PM

    Friday:
    11:00 AM
    2:00 PM

    Summer Schedule

    CLEP Exam Schedule Day/Time

    Tuesday:
    9:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    3:00 PM

    Wednesday:
    9:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    3:00 PM
    5:00 PM

    Thursday:
    9:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    3:00 PM

    The Day of Your CLEP Exam

    Review that you have completed the steps above in preparation for your CLEP Exam.

    For more information regarding the CLEP, visit www.clep.collegeboard.org and for the CLEP Identification policy and the next steps, visit the CLEP College Board "Taking the Test" page.

  • Correspondence and Distance Learning Exams

    What to do prior to testing:

    • Correspondence Testing slots are Tuesday 9am-3pm (test to be completed by 5pm) and Wednesday 9am-5pm (test to be completed by 7pm).
    • Have your instructor send your test requirements and test materials to mgodina@alamo.edu and spc-testcenter@alamo.edu.
    • Confirm with your instructor that your test materials and/or test password(s) have been sent to the SPC Testing Center.
    • Confirm with the SPC Testing Center, Maria Mancillas 210-486-2532, that the materials have been received and schedule your Proctored Exam appointment on our online appointment system  
    •  A valid Photo ID is required.
    • Bring receipt of fee payment if you pay via the Virtual Business Office, please ensure it is SPC you select. Cash payment will be accepted on the day of the exam.
    • Proceed to Testing Center located in the Welcome Center in Room 207B.
    • The student's external or correspondence exams will be administered according to the prescribed regulations set by the home institution regarding use of notes, books, calculators, time limit, passwords and items necessary to proctor.

    Testing Correspondence Fee: $20.00 per test

  • TSI Assessment:

    Fees:
    $32
    Cost Per Subject:
    $12

    GED Test:

    Fees:
    $145
    Cost Per Subject:
    $36.25

    HiSET:

    Fees:
    $125
    Cost Per Subject:
    $25

    Accuplacer:

    Fees:
    $32
    Cost Per Subject:
    $12

    Correspondence:

    Fees:
    $20
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -

    CLEP Fee to College Board:

    Fees:
    $85
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -

    CLEP Fee to Test Center:

    Fees:
    $20
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -

Contact Information

Location: 
MLK Campus
Welcome Enrollment Center (WEC)

Office:
207-B

Email:
spc-testcenter@alamo.edu

Phone: 
210-486-2444

Fax Number:
210-486-9195

*Please note the testing lab closes 15 minutes prior to closing time.

  • Summer (May 28 - July 26)
    Monday - Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
    Friday and Saturday (Closed)

    Summer 2018 (July 30 - August 31):
    Monday - Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
    Friday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
    Saturdays (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    First Saturday of the Month
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    First Saturday of the Month
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.