Learn about testing requirements for college readiness and available resources to prepare for these tests.
Are you ready for college?
The state of Texas requires that students take the TSI-A, SAT or ACT test to determine if they are ready for college before they can take any college classes.
Studies show that test scores improve significantly with practice. There are many tools to help students prepare for these tests, such as online practice tools and prep programs within our district.
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Online test prep
Use Shmoop, Khan Academy and these practice tests to help improve your scores.
Ready to test?
Visit the ACT and SAT registration webpages to find details and deadlines. Talk to your school counselor about registering for the TSI-A test.
Campus test prep opportunities
TSI-A Success program
Each high school campus has two TSI-A Success coaches. These coaches advise students on scores needed for college readiness, help enroll students in virtual TSI-A test prep and host intervention when needed. Coaches will arrange face-to-face or remote testing when students are ready to take the official TSI-A.
PSAT/SAT Boot Camp
Students are invited to attend a free college entrance exam prep program for the PSAT and SAT. We offer PSAT/SAT boot camps in the fall and SAT boot camps in the spring to help students succeed on the exam.
Students may participate in virtual, student-driven test prep through Shmoop for the 2021-22 school year. Face-to-Face boot camps are not offered but may resume next school year.
Scholars test prep programs
Students that score well on the PSAT may be invited to participate in Scholars programming.
Rising Scholars and Superintendent's Scholars
The 100 top-scoring students in grades 9 and 10 on the PSAT earn special titles for their achievements. 9th-graders are designated Rising Scholars and 10th-graders as Superintendent's Scholars.
Students with high scores participate in Scholars test prep programming during the high school advisory period. Students will learn test-taking tips and strategies, which help students increase their chances of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship program.
What scores are needed to be considered College Ready?
To be considered College Ready, students should earn the following scores on one of the college readiness assessments:
> 945 and a 5+ on the Writeplacer (essay)
> 480 on Evidenced Based Reading & Writing
> 19 on English AND > 23 Composite Score
|Math||> 950||> 530||19+ on Mathematics AND 23+ Composite Score|