It is the Texas Success Initiative, and measures the ability of students—as indicated by their skills in Reading, Writing and Math—to do college-level course work. Students who do not meet exemption criteria or pass all sections of placement testing will be required to enroll in Developmental/College Preparatory Courses for areas in which they have not passed. Find out more about testing at NCTC.
Attention All Students - Important Notice
Students are NOT allowed to enroll in the following courses IF they have not met the minimum placement score.
Students who have not yet passed a section of a previous placement test may re-test on the new TSI Assessment. When re-testing during the semester in which a student is already enrolled, some exceptions do apply regarding dropping required Developmental/College Preparatory courses. Please contact NCTC Counseling and Testing Office before re-testing or withdrawing from Developmental/College Preparatory courses.
Who Is Exempt From Testing?
ACT – Composite score of 23; at least 19 on both English and Math portions. Note that scores must have been earned within the past 5 years.
SAT – Combined score of 1070; at least 500 on verbal and 500 on math for tests taken after April 1995. Note that scores must have been earned within the past 5 years.
STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) - A minimum score of 2000 on the English III reading and/or writing test (reading and writing administered as separate tests through Spring 2013) and/or a minimum score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC test shall exempt a student from the corresponding section(s).
TAKS - A student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards of the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) may be exempted for the corresponding section: minimum scale score of 2200 on the mathematics section, minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of 3 within the past 5 years.
*These rules are subject to change by the Texas Legislature.
Do you have questions about the placement testing? Learn more about the TSI testing HERE.
Do you want general information about the ACT and SAT? Choose which one ACT or SAT.