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How We Use Testing to Help You

Texas law requires that you complete assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before you enroll in college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that any new undergraduate student entering a public institution must be assessed for readiness to enroll in college coursework.

Students registering for Palo Alto College are required to take the TSI Assessment to satisfy both TSI and placement requirements. Students must pay for the TSI prior to making an appointment. To pay for the TSI online, go to alamo.edu/district/virtual-business-office/ and follow the links. Payment can be made in person. The fee is $12.00 per section or $32.00 for the entire test. Appointments can be made by clicking the Testing Appointments icon at the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

Your test scores are used to determine:

  • What courses you are eligible to enroll in
  • How much time it will take to complete your degree
  • How much your college education will cost

Students who fall below the minimum placement scores in reading, writing, and mathematics will be placed in developmental education courses for each subject area in which college readiness is not demonstrated. This results in you spending more semesters in college.

 

Who Must Take Tests?

The following students must take basic assessment tests in reading, writing and mathematics prior to being able to register for classes:

  • First-Year-Experience-in-College - any student enrolling in college for the first time.
  • Transfer - if you do not have placement for one or more areas
  • Military Personnel - Not required but may take for placement purposes only
  • Certificate Level 1-  Must take Accuplacer for diagnostic purposes only and not for course placement.

 

Who is Exempt from Testing?

The following students are exempt from testing if:

  • Transfer Student - has met college readiness standards in all areas from a private or out-of-state College or University. 
  • ACT - scores must be 23  in COMP, with a minimum of 19 in both Read and Math and no more than 3 years old at the time of enrollment
  • SAT - scores must be 500+ Critical Reading and 500+ Math with a total of 1070 or higher and can be no more than 3 years old at the time of enrollment
  •  Students with degrees or have earned a degree or from a regionally accredited institution higher from a Texas College or University. 
  •  Military Personnel - with DD214 copy 4.
  •  TSI Complete Via  TAKS (exit) Scores
  •  Students with Accuplacer scores locked in by way of marticulation. 

Contact the Testing Center to see if you meet one of these exemptions.

 

Contact Information

Nora Arredondo

Supervisor/Advisor
 nesparza@alamo.edu 

Gilbert Polanco

Senior Specialist Student Success
gpolanco@alamo.edu 

Belinda Corley


Senior Specialist Student Success
bcorley2@alamo.edu 

 

Patricia Montoya

Admin Svcs Specialist

pmontoya@alamo.edu 

  

Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZOS-100)

Phone:
210-486-3444

Fax:
210-486-9220

 

General Office Hours

Mondays – 8am – 7pm
Tuesday – Friday 8am – 5pm
1st Saturday of the month 9am-1pm
Sunday Closed

*Please note these hours are not exam testing hours.

Call for available testing times.

SUMMER HOURS:

Starting June 2014

Monday-Thursday

8:00am-7:00pm

Closed Friday - Sunday

Testing Appointments