College Readiness Testing
The American College Test or ACT is a standardized test used for admission into all US colleges. It measures what is learned in high school to determine college readiness. The ACT contains four multiple-choice tests—English, mathematics, reading, and science—and an optional writing test. These tests are designed to measure skills that are most important for success in postsecondary education and that are acquired in secondary education. The score range for each of the four multiple-choice tests is 1–36. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number. The ACT is administered free of charge to all NCISD college bound students in the spring of their junior year. For information on registration for additional test dates as well as test preparation resources, visit ACT Resources.
The preliminary ACT, or Pre-ACT, is a 10th grade multiple-choice assessment that helps students prepare for the experience of taking the ACT and provides information regarding their future performance on the exam. Pre-ACT includes exams in English, mathematics, reading and science, just like the ACT test, but does not have a writing test. Scores will be reported on the same 1-36 scale as the ACT, but Pre-ACT includes fewer questions and will take less time to administer than the ACT. All NCISD students will take the Pre-ACT in the fall of their sophomore year.
The preliminary SAT, or PSAT, is a multiple-choice assessment that helps students prepare for the experience of taking the SAT and provides information regarding their future performance on the exam. The PSAT includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The PSAT score range is 320-1520. When taken in the fall of a student's junior year, the PSAT enters a student into National Merit Scholarship Qualification (NMSQ). Roughly the top 1.25% of all junior PSAT testers nationally will qualify as National Merit Scholars. The PSAT is available to interested juniors on all NCISD high school campuses for a $20.00 registration fee. Students should see their school counselor for registration information.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, is a standardized test used for college admission. It measures what is learned in high school to determine college readiness. The SAT consists of a reading test, a writing and language test, a math test, and an optional essay. The score range is 400-1600. For available test dates, registration information, and test preparation resources, visit SAT Resources.
Instituted by the Texas Legislature, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program that includes diagnostic testing and developmental instruction in order to improve college student success rates in Texas. The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A) is the particular test used, and is designed to assess students’ college readiness in reading, writing, and math while also providing remediation feedback to improve these skills for students not considered ready for college-level coursework. The test is online and contains questions aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards. Based on how students perform on the TSI-A, they may be enrolled in coursework that aligns with their skills or be placed in an appropriate developmental course/intervention to improve their skills. The TSI-A is available to all NCISD students wishing to test for dual credit qualification. For additional information on the TSI assessment, visit TSI Student Information and TSI Content.