Stephen F. Austin State University

Readiness Assessment Criteria


The Interior Design Program requires students to take a Readiness Assessment after HMS 206 & L, HMS 208 & L, HMS 310 & L and HMS 314 & L. For transfer students, they must have equivalencies to these courses. Students are also required to have a 2.5 GPA to take the Readiness Assessment.

Students need to fill out the two pages that go with the Readiness Assessment Criteria - Grade Sheet and the GPA page. Be sure to calculate your Major and Overall GPA. Please bring these forms with you when you come to take the assessment.

Students must receive a passing score on the Readiness Assessment to advance into upper level interior design courses. This assessment is given twice a year: on the first Friday in June on SFA campus and the first Friday in December for SFA students on HCC campus.

The assessment is based on three sections: Communication Sketching, Space Planning/Conceptualizing, and an Essay. Students must bring drawing supplies and laptops.

Students are also required to purchase FEM before they come to take the Readiness Assessment. FEM costs $18 but is required for several courses (HMS 413 and 420). Once it is purchased, it is good for 5 years.

The assessments are graded by design professionals. Scores are emailed to students approximately three weeks after the assessment. Results cannot be given out over the phone. Contact Leisha Bridwell if you have any questions

2018 Readiness Assessment Dates

Friday, June 1 from 10:00 am - 4:15 pm for SFA students on SFA campus.

Friday, December 7 from 10:00 am - 4:15 pm for SFA students on HCC campus

Contact Leisha Bridwell at for an appointment.