Types of Tests Offered
The college testing center staff administers a variety of tests and assessments to help students achieve their academic, personal and vocational goals. Testing services include:
- GED (General Education Development) --- Internet based, computer format
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) --Internet based, computer format
- ACT (local use only—see ACT website for national testing information)
- Nelson-Denny Reading Test
- Pre-TASP Reading Test
- Correspondence Tests -- Remote testing options are available, please contact the testing center prior to setting a test date
- TSI Assessment* ---Internet based, computer format
*Indicates a test used to satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement
Testers must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity Prior to taking the TSI Assessment for the first time. Students will print out a Certificate of completion and bring this to the testing center with them to test.
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 a form of identification with them on testing day.
There is no limit on how many times a student can take the TSI Assessment.
Press the play button to watch the Pre-Assessment Activity below.
Texas Success Initiative (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 an exemption. 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.
Texas Success Initiative Exemptions
A student may be exempt from meeting Texas Success Initiative standards by meeting one of the following standards:
SAT combined Math and Critical Reading scores of 1070 with at least 500 on each of the two parts. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
ACT composite score of 23 with at least 19 on the Math and 19 on the English scores. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
TAKS exit-level Math score of 2200 and English/Language Arts score of 2200 and Writing essay score of 3. (Test taken no more than 5 years ago)
STARR scores minimum: STARR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score Level 2 on English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required by TSI for both reading and writing and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment.
TSI Assessment: Reading score of 351 or above, Mathematics score of 350 or above, writing essay score of a 5; or an essay score of a 4 with objective score of a 363.
PSAT combined minimum score of 107 with a minimum of score of 50 on the critical reading and/or mathematic s section linked to the subject area the students wishes to enroll in. (Dual Credit Students only)
Students serving on active duty as a member of the US armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces and have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
Students who on or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or serve as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces.
An earned degree, associates or higher, from a Texas public college or university.
A student who transfers to an institution 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 receiving institution
TSI Assessment Results
Students who do not pass one or all parts (English, mathematics, reading, and writing) of a TSI exam must enroll in an appropriate developmental education course before the student may enroll in a credit bearing course for the subject in which he/she did not meet state standards.
Reading-351, Math- 350, Writing- the minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of the TSI Assessment is a score of a 5. However a score of a 4 will meet this standard if the objective writing score is 363.
The TSI is an internet based assessment instrument. Students will complete all sections of the assessment on testing center computer.
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.
Testing locations and schedules vary. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services, Testing Office.
Wharton Campus: 979-532-6386
Richmond Campus: 281-239-1532
Sugar Land Campus: 281-243-8434