TSI Testing for College Entrance
What Does the TSI Assessment Cover?
The TSI Assessment in Mathematics is a multiple- choice assessment that covers the four content areas listed below. There are approximately 20 items on the TSI placement test and 10 items in each section of the DE diagnostic test. If you score well enough on the placement test, you will not need to take the additional diagnostic test. Personal calculators are not allowed; however, you will have the option to click on a calculator link for select test questions.
- Elementary Algebra and Functions measures your knowledge of linear equations, inequalities, and systems; algebraic expressions and equations; and word problems and applications.
- Intermediate Algebra and Functions measures your knowledge of quadratic and other polynomial expressions, equations, and functions; expressions, equations, and functions involving powers, roots, and radicals; and rational and exponential expressions, equations, and functions.
- Geometry and Measurement measures your knowledge of plane geometry; transformations and symmetry; and linear, area, and three- dimensional measurements.
- Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability measures your knowledge of interpreting categorical and quantitative data, statistical measures, and probabilistic reasoning.
The TSI Assessment in Reading is a multiple- choice assessment that covers the four content areas listed below. There are approximately 24 items on the TSI placement test and 10 to 12 items in each section of the DE diagnostic test. If you score well enough on the placement test, you will not need to take the additional diagnostic test.
- Literary Analysis measures your skill in identifying and analyzing ideas in and elements of literary texts.
- Main Idea and Supporting Details measures your skill in identifying the main idea of a passage and in comprehending explicit textual information in a passage.
- Inferences in a Text or Texts measures your skill in synthesizing ideas by making a connection or comparison between two passages and in making an appropriate inference about single passages.
- Author's Use of Language measures your skill in identifying an author's purpose, tone, organization or rhetorical strategies, and use of evidence in determining the meaning of words in context.
The TSI Assessment in Writing is an assessment that contains a multiple-choice section and an essay section.
The multiple-choice section of the TSI Assessment in Writing measures your skills in the four content areas listed below. There are approximately 20 items on the TSI placement test and 10 to 12 items in each section of the DE diagnostic test. If you score well enough on the placement test, you will not need to take the additional diagnostic test.
- Essay Revision measures your ability to provide coherence, organization, and good word choice and your ability to achieve rhetorical effectiveness and use evidence.
- Agreement measures your ability to perform subject-verb agreement and pronoun agreement as well as your ability to determine verb tenses.
- Sentence Structure measures your knowledge of topics like comma splices and run-on sentences; improper punctuation; fragments and parallelism; and subordination and coordination.
- Sentence Logic measures your ability to correctly place modifying phrases and clauses and your ability to use logical transitions.
You may be asked to write a five-paragraph persuasive essay (approximately 300 -600 words) on a controversial issue or one of current interest. You will be expected to clearly state a main idea and provide specific examples and details to back up your main idea, as well as follow conventions of standard English. You will not be allowed to use a dictionary or other outside resources, but you may use plain scratch paper (provided at the testing center) to plan your essay and write your rough draft(s).
What happens if you do not pass one or all parts of the TSI Assessment?
If you do not pass one or all parts (reading, writing and math) of the TSI Assessment, you may be required to enroll in developmental education coursework or accelerated intervention before you can enroll in a college credit course for the subject in which you did not pass. In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time. The TSI Assessment is an on-demand test, and you may retake it at any time to determine your college readiness. Remember, developmental education courses and interventions often cost the same as a college-level course but do not count towards a certificate or degree program and do not transfer. It is best to avoid developmental education all together by becoming college ready in high school or before enrolling in at a college or university.
Contact your campus counselor to register for the TSI assessment.
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
Contact campus counselor to register for the ASVAB.
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- Vertically articulated, standards-based system of summative, interim, and classroom assessments
- Linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and aligned with the Common Core State Standards
- Anchored by the capstone college readiness assessment, the ACT
- Multiple question types: constructed response, selected response, and technology-enhanced
- Subject areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing for grades 3–8 and early high school (grades 9–10)
- Modular administration of subjects and grades available
- Online delivery of assessments with traditional paper-and-pencil option
Contact your campus counselor to register for the ASPIRE test. Test is recommended for 10th graders.
ACT College Admission Testing
The ACT® contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score.
Your understanding of English, production of writing and knowledge of language skills.
The mathematical skills you have typically acquired in courses up to the beginning of grade 12.
The interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences and physics.
Each assessment in the SAT Suite of Assessments — the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT, — includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The SAT also features an optional essay component, which some colleges will require. Questions throughout the assessments focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research.
Contact your campus counselor to register for the PSAT/NMSQT test. Test is recommended for 11th graders.
SAT College Admission Testing
Have the SAT Subject Tests Changed?
You may have heard that the SAT has been redesigned. But the SAT Subject Tests are staying the same, for now.
- There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. See the subjects.
- Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
- Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.
When, Where, and How
- SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centers as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. Find out when specific tests will be given.
- The Language with Listening tests are only offered in November.
- You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
- You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.
- Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
- You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations. Learn more.
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TJC West Campus Testing
The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) has 68 multiple-choice items that present simple, frequently encountered mechanisms and situations. While not based on specific training, the BMCT does require a working knowledge of basic mechanical operations and the application of physical laws. It has a 30 minute time limit.
The BMCT focuses on spatial perception and tool knowledge rather than manual dexterity. It is especially well-suited for assessing job candidates for positions that require a grasp of the principles underlying the operation and repair of complex devices.
Contact campus counselor to register for the Bennett Mechanical.