State Law requires all students attending public institutions of higher education be assessed in reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in classes. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state legislated program designed to improve student success in college.
All students, unless considered TSI Exempt, must take a the TSI assessment prior to enrolling in classes. Students scoring below the placement test standards are required to enroll in developmental courses which do not apply towards a degree or certificate.
All of the colleges within the Lone Star College System administer the TSI Assessment for students who will be attending in our System. There is a $29 fee to take the exam (or $10 per section). Students will need to contact their campus Advising/Counseling Office to obtain a testing ticket and pay the fee in the Business Office prior to testing.
Accuplacer or COMPASS may be taken to place in higher level math courses, such as trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. These options are only available for those who have completed and placed into College Algebra on the TSI Assessment. These are computerized, non-timed exams. Students receive their scores immediately after testing.
COMPASS/ESL is used for placement into ESOL courses. It is a computerized, non-timed placement test. It consists of three multiple choice sections: Listening, Reading, and Grammar/Usage. Students receive their placement scores immediately after testing.
Students who have recently taken approved college assessment tests (SAT, ACT, TAKS, TAAS) may be exempt from part or all placement tests. Students who have completed the approved developmental course sequence may also be exempt from placement testing
SAT, ACT, STAAR, TAKS and TSI scores are valid for 5 years if the student has enrolled in an institution of higher education during that time period (does not have to be just LSCS); TAAS scores are valid for 3 years if the student has enrolled in an institution of higher education during that time period (does not have to be just LSCS).
|SAT*||1070 combined with 500 Verbal/Critical Reading||1070 with |
|ACT*||23 composite with 19 English||23 composite |
with 19 Math
|11th Grade TAKS**||2200 with 3 on essay||2200|
|TAAS***||89||1770||86 TLI |
(Texas Learning Index)
|STAAR****||English III: Level II: 2000 (Reading) and 2000 (Writing)||Algebra II: Level II |
*SAT and ACT: the combined score with the specified minimum scores above shall be exempt for those corresponding sections. High scores on the ACT or SAT may qualify the student for the Honors Program.
**TAKS: a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.
*** TAAS: a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test shall be exempt from the assessment required for those corresponding sections.
****STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for the mathematics section.
Students will also be considered TSI Complete if:
Students meeting TSI exemption criteria may submit evidence of eligibility for exemption to their Lone Star College campus.
NOTE: Students must still meet prerequisites for all classes
The score a student makes on their placement test determines their course sequence. Because of this, it is highly recommended to prepare for the placement test.