Testing Center

  • The SPC Testing Center is offering virtual walk-in services on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm via Zoom. You can access our virtual walk-in services by emailing us at spc-testcenter@alamo.edu and request the Zoom meeting ID and password. We are taking this additional step and precaution to ensure we are providing a safe environment for the students we serve. Thank you for understanding!

    The following exams have been suspended temporarily:

    GED / HiSET / CLEP / TEAS / TCEQ / External correspondence / Remote Testing
    Students may contact Instructors for distance learning / academic testing

    The colleges of the Alamo Colleges District will be servicing students remotely beginning March 23 due to COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Please be aware that in-person visits at all of our locations are temporarily suspended.   

    For your convenience, you can take the TSI Assessment at home, virtually. At this time there is no additional cost for proctoring service. Select the “Distance Education” tab and select Option 1 to begin the process to take the TSI Assessment at home. 

    Contact us at spc-testcenter@alamo.edu or 210-486-2444 if you have any questions.

No-Cost TSI Assessment

The Alamo Colleges is offering the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test, which usually costs $32, at no cost between May 1 and June 20, 2020.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college readiness in reading, writing, and math. All first-time college students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are exempt. 



Testing Center Statement of Commitment

The St. Philip's College Testing Center is committed to providing a secure testing environment and quality customer service in order to meet the increasing needs of our students, faculty, and community we serve.

 

  • 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 (TAC §4.55-4.56). The Testing Center is here to assist you with the enrollment process and before registering for your first college course, you must meet the requirements for the Texas Success Initiative (TAC §4.54). The state-mandated program is designed to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work: 

    • Reading = score ≥ 351
    • Mathematics = score ≥ 350
    • Writing = score 340 - 390 with an essay ≥ 4 or 
                                  score < 340, ABE > 4 with an essay of 5

    Students who score below the cut scores are placed in the appropriate Refresher, Co-Requisite, or 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.

    TSI Assessment Exemption Request Form

    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.

    Need to take the TSI off campus, click on Distance Education for further instructions.

    * 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 (Don't know your Banner ID? Call SPC IT at 210-486-2777 or District IT at 210-486-0555 to find out 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 handwritten 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

     GED Test Schedule

    HiSET EXAM

    Registration: 1-855-694-4738
    www.hiset.ets.org
    Test Fee: Computer based $128.75
    Cost per Subject: $25.75

    Test Fee: Paper based $150.00
    Cost per Subject: $30.00

    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:

     

    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.

  • Option 1: Virtual TSI Testing

    You are an SPC student requesting to take the TSI Assessment via a technology-supported online proctoring service (Examity).

    Option 2: Remote Testing

    You are an SPC student requesting to take the TSI Assessment at another institution via a remote voucher.
    Option 3: Remote TSI Testing You are a student from another institution requesting to take the TSI Assessment at SPC.
    Option 4: Distance Education You are an Online Learner at SPC requesting to take a proctored exam at our Testing Center.
    Option 5: Proctored Exam You are requesting to take a proctored exam at SPC (e.g. for your institution, employer, agency, or certification board).
    Option 6: On-Campus Testing You are a future SPC student needing to take the TSI Assessment at SPC.
  • TSI Assessment:

    Fees:
    $32
    Cost Per Subject:
    $12

    GED Test:

    Fees:
    $145
    Cost Per Subject:
    $36.25

    HiSET:

    Fees:
    Computer Based            $128.75
    Paper Based                      $150

    Cost Per Subject:
    Computer Based          $25.75
    Paper Based                    $30

    Next Generation Test:

    Fees:
    $32
    Cost Per Subject:
    $12

    Correspondence:

    Fees:
    $20
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -

    CLEP Fee to College Board:

    Fees:
    $89
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -

    CLEP Fee to Test Center:

    Fees:
    $20
    Cost Per Subject:
    $ -
  • Submitting TSI scores to SPC

    In response to COVID-19, SPC's Testing Center will only be accepting TSI scores electronically through CSV files. A link below has been provide for you with the Auto Upload instructions. Thank you for your patience during this transitional period.

    Take the TSI Assessment at home

    High School students needing to take the TSI Assessment, may do so online from home. SPC's Testing Center has created instructions to register for this service through Examity, an online proctor service. Please click the link below to take the TSI through SPC.

    • How to register to take the TSI Assessment from home


    CollegeBoard Support

  • January 2 through January 31, 2020 

    Monday through Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Every Saturday of January
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Spring 2020

    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.
  • Summer (June 3, 2019 - July 25, 2019)
    Monday - Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
    Friday and Saturday (Closed)

     

    July 29 - August 31, 2019
    Monday - Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
    Friday ( 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
    Saturday (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.

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.