The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice test covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. The test is intended to measure what students have learned in high school, so taking the right courses is important (www.actstudent.org/).
Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That’s why more than two million students take the SAT every year. Students take Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection (www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html).
The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help your institution determine if you are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college-level coursework if you are not ready.
If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses (accuplacer.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/accuplacer-tsi-assessment-student-brochure.pdf