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Study guides in print format are available for client checkout from the Harris County Library System. At the Cy-Fair location, guides are shelved in the counseling area and in the stacks nearest the tutoring area. Ask the Program Manager and/or reference librarian for assistance in locating the study guides. If a particular guide is not available, check the online catalog to request the item from another location. Reference librarians will assist with the request.

Visit the Assessment Center for information on taking standardized tests.

Online information and resources are available on the following standardized tests:
ASVAB - Military entry exam
HESI - Nursing Exam
S-CAPE - Spanish Computerized Assessment Placement Exam
THEA - formally TASP


The ACT Assessment® is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.

Overview of the test: http://www.act.org/aap/
Practice test problems: http://aapsample.act.org/aap/sampletest/index.shtml


ASSET is a series of short placement tests developed by ACT that helps place students in the correct course in college. Test should reveal student strengths and weaknesses in the subject area tested.

For more details on the test and for practice math test problems, you can download the following file: http://www.act.org/asset/pdf/guide.pdf (PDF file)

ASVAB – Military Entry Exam, Section on Math Skills

The ASVAB Numerical Operations subtest requires rapid and accurate computation of simple arithmetic problems. Although the problems are not difficult, speed is important: you will have only three minutes to answer the 50 questions on this test. Make sure you’re up to the challenge with practice exams from the Learning Express Library, provided by Harris County Library. The reference librarians can assist with accessing the Learning Express Library.


COMPASS is a computer test similar to ASSET except more comprehensive. The test helps place students in appropriate courses.

The following web site has practice compass problems: http://www.act.org/compass/sample/math.html

GED Official Website: http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home
Additional resource: http://www.umbc.edu/alrc/GEDres.html

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) provides critical thinking, computerized exams for nurses. Copies of the Study Guide for this exam are on reserve at Cy-Fair Library circulation desk. For more information on the HESI test: http://www.hesitest.com/


The SAT is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful academically. Many colleges and universities use the SAT as one indicator among others-class rank, high school GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and teacher recommendations-of a student's readiness to do college-level work. SAT scores are compared with the scores of other applicants, and the accepted scores at an institution, and can be used as a basis for awarding merit-based financial aid.

The following website gives an overview of the test: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATI.html
The following web site gives practice test problems: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/practice.html

S-CAPE Spanish Computerized Assessment Placement Exam (SCAPE)

CAPE is a series of placement exams for foreign languages. S-CAPE is used at Cy-Fair for Spanish ESL placement. ESL students will take this test in the Assessment Center, typically on the first day of class. There is also an F-CAPE for French and G-CAPE for German.

TAKS – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Exam

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is a completely reconceived testing program. It includes more of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) than the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) did and attempts to ask questions in more authentic ways. TAKS has been developed to better reflect good instructional practice and more accurately measure student learning. We hope that every teacher will be able to see the connection between what we will test on this new state assessment and what our students should know and be able to do to be academically successful.

Below is a link to the online, interactive TAKS test:

THEA - The Texas Higher Education Assessment Test (Formerly the “TASP”)

The THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) test is designed to provide information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of students entering public colleges, universities, and educator preparation programs in public and private institutions.

Although CFC Barker-Cypress does not offer the THEA course (HUMD 0100) for credit, our tutors can help you to prepare for the THEA Test.

We have copies of the THEA Test review in our Tutoring Area, and you can also check out copies from the Library.

At present, you cannot take the THEA Test at CFC Barker-Cypress. You can take the THEA Quick Test at the Fairbanks Center, or you can take the standard THEA Test at Tomball College.

Other Useful Sources

Information on the THEA Test
THEA official web site: http://www.thea.nesinc.com
Official study guide order form for the THEA test: http://www.thea.nesinc.com/TA_StudyGuideOrderForm.htm

Free Preparation Sites/Guides for the THEA Test
The Everyday Writer
West Texas A&M THEA and ACCUPLACER (Math)
West Texas A&M Math Help for the THEA or ACCUPLACER Test
Study Strategies for the Math Portion of TASP (Math)
TASP Practice Test

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