Placement Testing


The NCTC Office of Testing Services offers the statewide TSIA2 (Texas Success Initiative Assessment) for those students who are not TSI exempt and are required to have placement testing. An appointment to take the TSIA2 must be made by contacting the Office of Testing Services at your preferred campus. An application to NCTC must be on file as well as completion of the required Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) prior to scheduling the TSIA2 at NCTC. Current testing fees are located on the NCTC Testing Center website. The statewide TSIA2 is computer-based, untimed, and results will be available immediately upon completion of all required sections.

Students who do not pass/meet minimum standards/passing scores in one or more sections of the TSIA2 will be prohibited from enrolling in the following courses:

TSIA2-passing score on English Language Arts Reading, or passing score on READING from previously accepted placement tests are required to enroll in ANTH 2346, ANTH 2351, ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2321, HIST 2322, HUMA 1301GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306, PHIL 1301, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, PSYC 2320, PSYC 2330SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, SOCI 2301, SOCI 2319, SOCI 2326, and any sophomore-level Literature course.

TSIA2-passing score on English Language Arts Reading, or passing score on WRITING from previously accepted placement tests are required to enroll in ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, ENGL 2311, or any sophomore-level Literature course.

TSIA2 or previously accepted placement tests passing scores are required to enroll in ANY eligible college-level Math.

  1. If a student passed the previous version of the TSI Math test then that score is valid for 5 years and retesting on the new TSIA2 is not required. If their previous TSI scores are not passing then they can be placed in the appropriate NCBM-paired course based on their intended major/pathway OR retest on the Math portion of the new TSIA2.
  2. If a student passed the Reading portion of the previous TSI test but NOT the Writing, they ARE eligible to take any TSI Reading-only liable course (listed above). However they are NOT able to take ENGL 1301 until they test and pass the TSIA2 English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) section since ENGL requires TSI college readiness in both Reading and Writing which can now only be earned by passing the new TSIA2 ELAR section.
    1. A student cannot use their previous TSI multiple choice score in Writing and combine with the essay section of the new TSIA2 ELAR, or vice versa. The TSIA2 ELAR section must be taken in its entirety.
  3. If a student passed the Writing portion of the previous TSI but NOT the Reading, they are NOT eligible to take any Reading or Writing TSI liable courses until they test and pass the TSIA2 English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) in its entirety.

Additionally, students with an approved ACT or SAT Math score can enroll directly into the following courses. 

Students meeting one or more of the above-listed exemptions must meet with an advisor in order to enroll in any of these courses. ACT or SAT Math scores must be on file with the NCTC Admissions Office for advisors to verify eligibility and assist with enrollment. Students who have either of these approved test scores from a previous institution must submit their scores either on an official transcript or official score report.