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Types of Tests Offered

The WCJC Testing Centers administer a variety of tests and assessments to help students achieve their academic, personal, and vocational goals. Testing services include:

  • GED (General Education Development)
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  • ACT (local use only—see ACT website for national testing information)
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test
  • Pre-TASP Reading Test
  • Correspondence and Proctored Tests
  • TEASV
  • TSI Assessment*

*Indicates a test used to satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement

Use the links on the left-hand side to learn more about these tests.

TSI Assessment

I'm starting college classes.  Do I have to take the TSI?

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education.

The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing unless the student qualifies for one or more exemption listed at the bottom of this page. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

The TSI test is given all year long, so students should not wait until the last minute to attempt the test.  Testing appointments fill up fast in the weeks prior to the beginning of a new semester.

 What steps do I follow to take the TSI test?
  1. Testers must have a WCJC student ID# to TSI test at a WCJC Testing Center.  Complete the admissions application through Apply Texas, and your ID# will be generated in 48-72 hours.
  2. Testers must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSI Assessment for the first time. The PAA video apears below.  Students will print the certificate of completion linked to the last slide of the video and bring this certificate to the Testing Center with them to test.
  3. The TSI is an Internet-based assessment instrument. Students will complete all sections of the assessment on a Testing Center computer. Testers should call the WCJC Testing Center where they plan to test, either in Wharton, Richmond, or Sugar Land, to schedule a testing appointment.  View the Testing Centers' phone numbers and monthly schedules here.
  4. Examinees should pay at the Business Office and bring the receipt to the Testing Center on their scheduled testing day. The TSI Assessment is $29.00. Testers will also need to bring a current photo ID with them on testing day.

Press the play button to watch the Pre-Assessment Activity below.

 

How do I know if I'm exempt from taking the TSI?

You are exempt from taking the TSI if you meet one of the exemptions below and have provided documentation to support the exemption to the Admissions Office.

SAT Exemptions:

  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a Math score of at least 500 is exempt from the Math requirement. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a Critical Reading score of at least 500 is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)

ACT Exemptions:

  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a Math score of at least 19 is exempt from the Math requirement. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)

TAKS Exemptions:

  • A student with a TAKS exit-level Math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the Math requirement. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
  • A student with a TAKS exit-level English/Language Arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 or above is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)

STAAR Exemptions:

  • A student with a STAAR Math score of at least Level 2 for Algebra II is exempt from the Math requirement. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
  • A student with a STAAR English/Language Arts score of at least Level 2 for English III is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago).

Veteran Exemptions:

  • Students serving on active duty as a member of the U.S Armed Forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been serving for at least 3 years prior to enrollment are full TSI exempt.
  • Students who on or after August 1, 1990 were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Texas National Guard, or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are full TSI exempt.

Degree and Transfer Exemptions:

  • A student who has earned a degree, associates or higher, from a Texas public college or university is full TSI exempt.
  • A transfer student from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the WCJC Registrar is full or partial TSI exempt.

Dual Credit ONLY Exemptions:

  • A student with combined PSAT minimum score of 107 with at least a 50 on the Critical Reading is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (PSAT exemption is for dual credit students only.)
  • A student with a combined PSAT minimum score of 107 with at least a 50 on the Math is exempt from the Math requirements. (PSAT exemption is for dual credit students only.)
  • A student with a STAAR Algebra I EOC score of 4000 or above and a passing grade ("C" or better) in Algebra II is exempt from the Math requirements.
  • A student with a STAAR English II EOC score of 4000 or above is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements.
  • More information for Dual Credit students can be viewed on the Dual Credit Programs page.

What score do I need to make on the TSI Assessment?

College-Ready scores are:

  • Reading: 351 or higher
  • Math: 350 or higher
  • Writing: minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of the TSI Assessment is a score of a 5 or higher. A score of a 4 will meet college readiness standard if the objective Writing score is at least 363.

What happens after I test?

Upon completion of the TSI test, your scores are automatically printed out, and you will receive a printed score report. 

Students with "college ready" TSI scores may register for classes through Online Services.

Students who are not "college-ready" in one or all parts (Mathematics, Reading, and Writing) of a TSI exam should visit a counselor or advisor.  These students can enroll in an appropriate developmental education course before enrolling in a credit-bearing course for the subject in which he/she did not meet state standards. 

Students may take the TSI Assessment as many times as they wish. 

The TSI assessment instrument is used by all public colleges in the state of Texas. TSI results are available to other institutions in the TSI/ACCUPLACER Network.

Contact

Testing locations and schedules vary. For more information, contact a WCJC Testing Center.

Leslie Kolojaco, Coordinator of Testing Services, kolojacol@wcjc.edu

Wharton Campus: 979-532-6386
Richmond Campus: 281-239-1532
Sugar Land Campus: 281-243-8434

 

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