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 Complete/Exempt, must take a complete assessment (Compass or Accuplacer) 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. Students may be able to file for an exemption from testing and should contact an academic advisor for further information.
All of the colleges within the Lone Star College System provide placement testing for students who will be attending in our System. There is a $29 fee to take these tests (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.
COMPASS is the primary assessment tool for the Lone Star College System. It is a computerized, non-timed placement test. It consists of three multiple choice sections: Reading, Writing, Math, as well as an essay. Students receive their placement scores immediately after testing.
Accuplacer is the secondary assessment tool for the Lone Star College System. It is also a computerized, non-timed placement test. It consists of three multiple choice sections: Reading, Writing, Math, as well as an essay. Students receive their placement scores immediately after testing.
THEA and Quick THEA was created by National Evaluation Systems for the State of Texas and can also be taken to meet the Texas Success Inititative. Students will register through the THEA Web site or by mailing your information to them. The student is given 5 hours to take this paper/pencil test. It also includes a Reading, Writing, Essay and math section. The THEA is given six (6) times a year. The Quick THEA can be set-up through one of our testing centers. Your results for both versions are mailed to the student approximately 3 weeks following the test.
Students who have recently taken approved college assessment tests (SAT, ACT, TAKS, COMPASS, Accuplacer, THEA and ASSET) 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 and ACT scores are valid for 5 years; TAKS, COMPASS, ASSET, Accuplacer and THEA are valid for 3 years.
|SAT*||1070 combined with 500 Verbal/Critical Reading||1070 with |
|ACT*||23 composite with 19 English||23 composite |
with 19 Math
|TAKS**||2200 with 3 on essay||2200|
(Student must still be tested for placement)
|ASSET***||41||40 and 5 essay
or 6 essay only
|EA 38 or IA 36|
|COMPASS***||81||59 and 5 essay
or 6 essay only
|ACCUPLACER***||78||80 and 5 essay
or 6 essay only
|Courses||ENGL 0305 = C||ENGL 0307 = C||MATH 0308 = C|
TECM 1303= C
*Students may be exempt from any individual section if they have the composite score AND the required subject score.
**Students may be exempt from individual sections based on TAKS scores; Students MUST still be assessed in Math for placement purposes.
***The Writing essay and objective components of the COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER test instruments are to be taken at the same time for TSI purposes only.
Students will also be considered TSI Complete if:
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.