Minimum Passing Standards

The following minimum passing standards shall be used by NCTC to determine a student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The following assessments may be used for TSI purposes when on an official college transcript from a Texas public institution with coursework prior to Fall 2013:


  • Reading Skills - 41
  • College Algebra - 46
  • Writing Skills (objective) - 40
  • Written Essay - 6.


  • Reading Skills - 81
  • Algebra - 60
  • Writing Skills (objective) - 59 if Essay score 5 or higher
  • Written Essay - 6.


  • Reading Comprehension - 78
  • Elementary Algebra - 64
  • Sentence Skills- 80
  • Written Essay - 6.


  • Reading - 230
  • Mathematics - 270
  • Writing - 220.

The minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, or THEA is a score of 6. However, an essay with a score of 5 will meet this standard if the student meets the objective writing test standard.

TSI Assessment*

  • Mathematics - 350
  • Reading - 351
  • Multiple Choice score of 340 with an essay of 4 or Multiple Choice of 339 or lower with an Essay of 5

* Statewide placement test-scores subject to change per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

It is important to note that alternative test scores (ASSET, COMPASS, THEA and ACCUPLACER) will not be used by NCTC unless the scores are submitted on an official in-state transcript. The TSI Assessment must be submitted on an official transcript or in a sealed envelope from the institution's testing facility. Students who do not meet minimum passing standards for any section of the TSI Assessment or other alternative test will be required to enroll in remediation for that area.

Students are required to enroll in at least one area of remediation each semester until all remediation has been completed. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students in all developmental classes for which they have registered. There are no excused absences. After one week of absenteeism, a student may be warned by the College Prep instructor. After two weeks of absenteeism, a student will receive a final warning regarding attendance from the College Prep instructor. After missing a third week of class, a student may be dropped from his/her College Preparatory class. If a student is dropped from a required College Preparatory class twice for non-attendance, a hold will be placed on the student's record so that the student cannot enroll in any other courses except the required remediation.

Students must complete all required courses in a College Preparatory area with a "C or better" before proceeding to college-level course work in that area. For example, if a student's scores place them in Beginning Algebra, that student must be continuously enrolled in a College Preparatory math course each semester until the College Preparatory sequence in math is completed. However, students may choose to enroll in more than one College Preparatory area each semester.

NOTE: It is strongly encouraged that students who fail the Reading section of any test begin by enrolling in College Preparatory Reading courses.

If students so choose, they may retest at any point during the semester for which they are enrolled, in order to place out of their current level of remediation. They will then be eligible to proceed to the next level of course work the following semester in the areas for which they receive a higher score. Students interested in retesting either before or during the semester should contact the Counseling and Testing Office at their campus to schedule a retest.