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Placement Testing

Purpose of the Placement Test

The State of Texas (PDF) requiresthat all students who attend a public institution of Higher Education be assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state legislated program designed to improve student success in college.

TSI requires student assessment, an individualized learning plan for students whose skills are not at college level, a minimum college readiness state standard, the institution to report the success of the students, and effectiveness of the institutions developmental education program. Each institution will be responsible for the success of its students.

The purpose of placement testing is to determine your current level of skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math. This information determines the most appropriate courses for your enrollment.

Who Has to Take the Placement Test

All students, unless considered TSI Complete, must take a complete assessment (COMPASS or ACCUPLACER) prior to enrolling at LSCS. Enrollment in most college-level courses requires scores high enough to place into the college-level course or students will need to complete all appropriate developmental coursework with a C or better. For more information about standards for TSI complete and placement test scores, please review pages 42-44 of the LSCS Catalog.

Determining Course Placement

  • This is not a Pass/Fail test.
  • A placement test helps determine appropriate academic level.
  • Proper course placement during the first year is critical to fostering student success in college. Placement scores help to ensure that students enroll in courses that best match their academic skills and prior learning experience.

    Lone Star College System Placement Chart (PDF)
  • Enrollment in most college-level courses requires meeting a minimum score or students will need to complete all appropriate developmental coursework with a C or better.

Placement Tests Offered at LSC-CyFair


Please visit the Pre-Enrollment desk (CASA 104, Station number 1) to obtain a Test Referral Form. The fee is $29 or $10 per section.

  • ECOMPASS
    Computer-adaptive test that assess skills in reading, writing, math, and writing essay. Questions are presented based on how you responded to previous questions. This is a multiple-choice/essay test that is untimed.
  • ACCUPLACER
    Computer-adaptive placement that chooses questions on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This is a multiple-choice/essay test that is untimed.

Test Preparation and Resources

Language Placement Testing

Students with previous language experience must complete a placement exam prior to enrolling in language courses at LSC-CyFair. Fill out the appropriate Referral Request Form below, and you will soon be contacted with the necessary steps to take in order to be placed into the correct level. Students interested in language courses at other Lone Star College System campuses are encouraged to inquire at the campus at which they intend to enroll.

  • French Placement >>
  • Spanish Placement >>
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