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)
- COMPASS (Calculus Placement Test only)
- Pre-TASP Reading Test
- Correspondence and Proctored Tests
- 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. Information about the TSIA appears below.
TSI AssessmentI'm starting college classes. Do I have to take the TSIA?
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 college readiness education program.
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) 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. Please call the Testing Center if you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time so that your reserved seat can be given to someone else.What steps do I follow to take the TSIA?
- Testers must have a WCJC student ID# to take a TSIA at a WCJC Testing Center. Complete the admissions application through Apply Texas, and your ID# will be generated in 48-72 hours.
- Testers must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSIA for the first time. The link to the PAA video appears 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.
- The TSIA 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.
- Testers should pay at the Business Office and bring the receipt to the Testing Center on their scheduled testing day. The TSIA is $29.00. Testers will also need to bring a current photo ID with them on testing day. Testers may not access Internet sites, computer programs, calculators, dictionaries, translators, cell phones, or other electronic devices during the TSI test. Doing so will invalidate the test session. An on-screen calculator is accessible for some Math questions during the TSIA.
Important TSIA Scheduling Information
Due to the high volume of testing at the WCJC Testing Centers May - August, we ask that all testers make an appointment and make every attempt to keep the appointment. If you can't keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule so that another tester can use that seat. Testers who are more than 15 minutes late for a testing appointment may forfeit their seat so that a "wait list" tester can test. Evening and Saturday testers MUST arrange to make payment at the Business Office during normal business hours, 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
How do I know if I'm exempt from taking the TSIA?
You are exempt from taking the TSIA if you meet one of the exemptions below and have provided documentation to support the exemption to the Admissions Office.
- A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 (Math + Reading) and a Math score of at least 500 is exempt from the Math requirement. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago) *For students who take the redesigned SAT in March 2016: Final concordance tables will be available in May 2016 to link the current SAT to the redesigned SAT. Updated SAT exemption scores will be posted at that time.
- A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 (Math + Reading) 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) *For students who take the redesigned SAT in March 2016: Final concordance tables will be available in May 2016 to link the current SAT to the redesigned SAT. Updated SAT exemption scores will be posted at that time.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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) * WCJC is awaiting confirmation on the score qualification for Level 2 performance.
- 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) *WCJC is awaiting confirmation on the score qualification for Level 2 performance.
- 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:
WCJC is awaiting a decision on PSAT, PLAN, and STAAR EOC qualification scores from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Waives based on those scores are pending due to recent Texas State Legislation changes.
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 TSIA 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 TSIA, your scores are automatically printed out, and you will receive a printed score report. A score report will also be sent to your email. To obtain an additional printed copy of your score report, you must request a copy in person at a WCJC Testing Center and present valid photo ID.
Students who test through a WCJC Testing Center but who will attend another institution can self-deliver a printed or electronic copy of their score report to their intended institution's Admissions Office. Texas institutions of higher education can validate TSIA scores through a central database, Cross-Institutional Score Reporting.
Students with "college ready" TSIA scores may register for classes through Online Services.
Students who do not meet the Texas Success Initiative Assessment standard created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Education Statute (applying to all public institutions of higher education in Texas):
- Must enroll continuously in college readiness classes (excluding summer sessions and mini terms) directly related to the section(s) of the test where the score in reading, writing or math does not meet the college readiness standards. The student must continue enrolling in the college readiness class each semester until they are college ready in all areas. Students must give priority in course selection to the corresponding college readiness class. Students who are not college ready in reading, writing, and math are required to enroll in college readiness classes immediately upon enrolling at WCJC if the student seeks enrollment in college credit courses that lead to an associate, level two certificate or baccalaureate degree.
- Must satisfactorily complete all coursework in the developmental sequence at the point of placement before enrolling in college level courses in those disciplines.
- Must enroll in a student success course (PSYC 1300 and/or NCBI) if TSI placement results indicate need for college readiness courses
- Cannot enroll in courses where college-readiness has not been met.
- Must meet with an academic advisor as part of mandatory advising/TSI remediation advisement until the college readiness courses are satisfied by either satisfying the TSIA by retesting in the area they did not meet the standard or completing the college readiness sequence with a grade of A,B, or C.
- Cannot graduate from an associate degree program or from a level two certificate program.
Students may take the TSIA as many times as they wish. Retesting fees apply.
Testing locations and schedules vary. For more information, contact a WCJC Testing Center.
Leslie Kolojaco, Coordinator of Testing Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wharton Campus: 979-532-6386
Tina Kollmann, Testing Technician, email@example.com, Richmond Campus: 281-239-1532
Amapola Paredes Torres, Testing Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sugar Land Campus: 281-243-8434