Assessment and Testing
The Assessment & Testing Center provides testing services, including test administration of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment for college placement and for TSI requirements, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), General Educational Development (GED) testing, and Alamo Colleges District makeup/distance examinations (with instructor approval and Testing Center acknowledgment).
Testing is by appointment only. Students are limited to one testing appointment per day; students taking TSI or CLEP must bring a valid photo ID and a printed copy of the payment receipt to the appointment. All testing fees are non-refundable.
If you have questions, please call (210) 486-3444 during regular business hours or by email at email@example.com . Students who need help to make an appointment for distance/makeup tests should contact their instructor for arrangements. Due to the high seat demand, students with appointments will have priority.
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Texas law requires students to complete assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before enrolling in college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that any new undergraduate student entering a public institution must be assessed for readiness to enroll in college coursework.
Palo Alto College is designated as an Authorized Pearson Vue Test Center for administering the General Educational Development Computer Based Test (GED-CBT) under the guidelines of the GED Testing Services and Texas Education Agency (TEA). Only authorized testing centers may administer tests under TEC 7.11 and TAC 89.41-47.
For more information on GED classes at Palo Alto College, please visit the Community Programs webpage or call 210-486-3409.
Call 1-877-392-6433 or visit the GED website to register.
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 in which they may have attained college-level proficiency.
Registration and Fees
To Register for the CLEP Test:
- Complete CLEP registration by creating a College Board Account
- Create a College Board account
- Pay the $93 College Board CLEP Fee.
- Print your Registration Receipt.
- Schedule your appointment with the PAC Test Center by calling 210-486-3444
- $20 PAC CLEP Fee is due on the day of the test.
- Pay PAC proctoring fee here
- CLEP sessions will be offered on Fridays at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.
A valid government-issued ID is required on the day of the test. Visit clep.collegeboard.org for more information.
Please note: office hours are not exam testing hours