THEA versus the Accuplacer. Accuplacer is cheaper and more convenient. Each exam covers similar material. The Texas Higher Education Assessment is now available on the internet, but you will still need to find an instititution hosting a testing site. Accuplacer is via the College Board, and Texas students can take it as part of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) -- a series of placement tests for students enrolling in public colleges and universities in Texas.
The Accuplacer Is Cheaper and Convenient
Since both college placement exams cover the same material under similar sections--including writing, reading comprehension and math--the choice between the Accuplacer or the THEA is a matter mostly of time, cost and format preference. The Accuplacer is the less expensive, untimed test that you can take over the computer at your campus's testing center. You get your Accuplacer scores immediately after you take the test. These factors make it the more attractive option for many students.
The THEA Is a Paper Test
If you are better at paper tests, you may prefer the THEA over the Accuplacer. The THEA is only available as often as once a month, is timed, is significantly pricier and is sent off for scoring, requiring a wait period for your results.
If time and money aren't obstacles, and you're better at paper tests, register for the THEA college placement exam. Otherwise, the Accuplacer may better fit your needs.
Katherine Harder kicked off her writing career in 1999 in the San Antonio magazine "Xeriscapes." She's since worked many freelance gigs. Harder also ghostwrites for blogs and websites. She is the proud owner of a (surprisingly useful) Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University.