Test Scores and

HCC Course Placement

Rev. 10/28/14

What Test Did You Take?

HCC Tests
  • TSIA (new TSI test, tested after 8/26/13)
  • THEA (tested prior to 8/26/13 & enrolled for terms prior to Spring 2014 term)
  • ASSET (tested prior to 8/26/13 & enrolled for terms prior to Spring 2014 term)
  • COMPASS (tested prior to 8/26/13 & enrolled for terms prior to Spring 2014 term)
  • Compass ESL (for nonnative speakers)
    Other Acceptable Assessment Instruments
  • ACCUPLACER (tested prior to 8/26/13 & enrolled for terms prior to Spring 2014 term)
  • ACT
  • SAT
  • STAAR End of Course (EOC)
  • PLAN (by ACT)
  • PSAT (by College Board)
  • TAK10 (Grade 10 TAKS)
  • TAK11 (Grade 11 TAKS)

Note: If you believe that your placement test scores do not reflect your ability, speak to your advisor or developmental department chair. Higher mathematics courses may require additional testing beyond your initial placement test results.

What if my test scores are too low to take college credit classes?


I took the new TSIA test; what do my scores mean?

Note: If you are an F1 Nonnative English speaker, you may not be eligible for these courses (see advisor for more information).


TSIA READING & WRITING SCORES

TSIA Writing Score

TSIA Reading Score

HCC Course Placement

WS: 2

(Note: WS: 0-1 or no WS is referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

READ: 333-341

(Note: READ 310-332 is referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education or Continuing Education)

PRER 0100 & must co-enroll in INRW 0410

WS: 3

READ: 342-346

INRW 0410

(Note: If student places in INRW 0410 in reading or writing and also places in INRW 0420 in writing or reading, then placement is INRW 0410)

WRITE: 310-362 & WS: 4

READ: 347 - 350

INRW 0420

WRITE: 356-362 & WS: 4

READ: 351-390

(college level reading)

ENGL 0100 co-requisite with specific ENGL 1301 sections

WS: 5-8

________________

OR

WRITE: 363-390 & WS: 4

Note: Both Writing and Reading scores required for direct placement

READ: 351-390

ENGL 1301 & other writing-based courses (i.e. history, government, etc.; see Course Prerequisites for proper course selection)

TSIA MATHEMATICS SCORE

TSIA Mathematics Score

HCC Course Placement

MATH: 310-316 with no ABE levels

OR

MATH: 310-335 with ABE Levels: 1-2

(Note: referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

MATH: 317-335 with no ABE levels

OR

MATH: 310-335 AND ABE: Levels 3-4

OR

MATH: 336 - 347 AND

Elementary Algebra: 1-4

MATH 0106

MATH: 310-335 AND ABE: Levels 5-6

OR

MATH: 336 - 347 AND

Elementary Algebra: 5-15 AND

Intermediate Algebra: 1-6

MATH 0409

A grade of D is required in

MATH 0308 or MATH 0409

MATH 0108

MATH: 336 - 347 AND

Elementary Algebra: 5-15 AND

Intermediate Algebra: 7-15

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 0312 (for math, science, engineering, technology, and business majors)

MATH: 348 - 349

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

PREM 0100 AND must co-enroll in MATH 1324 (business majors) or 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors) or 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

A grade of D is required in

MATH 0312

MATH 0112

MATH: 350 - 390

________________

OR

D or Better in

"College-Ready" Math course (see list)

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 1324 (business majors)

OR

MATH 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors)

OR

MATH 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

To place into these courses, higher level math testing is required using the Compass test

MATH 1316, 1325, 2412, 2413 (if trigonometry previoulsy completed)

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I took the THEA test; what do my scores mean?

Note: THEA test scores may be used for enrollment if you tested prior to 8/26/13 and enrolled in a term at an accredited college prior to the Fall 2014 term. If you are a F1 Nonnative English speaker, you may not be eligible for these courses (see advisor for more information).


THEA WRITING & READING SCORES

THEA Writing Score

THEA Reading Score

HCC Course Placement

WRITE: 150-165 (includes WS in score)

(Note: WRITE: 100-149 is referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

READ: 151-164

PRER 0100 & must co-enroll in INRW 0410

166-179 (includes WS in score)

READ: 165-199

INRW 0410

(Note: If student places in INRW 0410 in reading or writing and also places in INRW 0420 in writing or reading, then placement is INRW 0410)

WRITE: 180-219 (includes WS in score)

READ: 200-229

INRW 0420

WRITE: 210 - 219 (includes WS in score)

READ: 230-300 (college level reading)

ENGL 0100 co-requisite with specific ENGL 1301 sections

Writing 220-300 (includes WS in score)

READ: 230-300

ENGL 1301 & other writing-based courses (i.e. history, government, etc.; see Course Prerequisites for proper course selection)

THEA MATHEMATICS SCORE

THEA Mathematics Score

HCC Course Placement

MATH: 100-219

(Note: referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

MATH: 220-229

MATH 0106

MATH: 230-250

MATH 0409

MATH: 251-260

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 0312 (for math, science, engineering, technology, and business majors)

MATH: 261-269

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

PREM 0100 AND must co-enroll in MATH 1324 (business majors) or 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors) or 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

MATH: 270-300

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 1324 (business majors)

OR

MATH 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors)

OR

MATH 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

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I took the ASSET test; what do my scores mean?

Note: ASSET test scores may be used for enrollment if you tested prior to 8/26/13 and enrolled in a term at an accredited college prior to the Fall 2014 term. If you are a F1 Nonnative English speaker, you may not be eligible for these courses (see advisor for more information).


ASSET WRITING & READING SCORES

ASSET Writing Score

ASSET Reading Score

HCC Course Placement

WRITE: 23-54 with no writing sample (WS)

OR

WS: 1-2

READ: 23-32

PRER 0100 & must co-enroll in INRW 0410

WS: 3

OR

23-39 with WS: 4

READ: 33-36

INRW 0410

(Note: If student places in INRW 0410 in reading or writing and also places in INRW 0420 in writing or reading, then placement is INRW 0410)

WRITE: 40-54 with WS: 4

________________________

or

WS: 5

READ: 37-40

INRW 0420

WRITE: 40-54 with WS: 5

READ: 41-54 (college level reading)

ENGL 0100 co-requisite with specific ENGL 1301 sections

WS: 6-8

READ: 41-54 (college level reading)

ENGL 1301 & other writing-based courses (i.e. history, government, etc.; see Course Prerequisites for proper course selection)

ASSET MATHEMATICS SCORE

ASSET Mathematics Score

HCC Course Placement

NUM: 23-29

(Note: referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

NUM: 30-40

MATH 0106

NUM: 41-55

OR

EALG: 25-41

MATH 0409

Grade of D is required in

MATH 0308 or MATH 0409

MATH 0108

EALG: 42-52

OR

IALG: 23-38

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 0312 (for math, science, engineering, technology, and business majors)

EALG: 53-55

OR

IALG: 39-41

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

PREM 0100 AND must co-enroll in MATH 1324 (business majors) or 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors) or 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

Grade of D is required in MATH 0312

MATH 0112

IALG: 42-55

OR

CALG: 23-43

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 1324 (business majors)

OR

MATH 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors)

OR

MATH 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

CALG: 44-50

MATH 1316, 1325, 1350, 1351, 2412 (if trigonometry previously completed)

CALG: 51-53

MATH 2412

CALG: 54-55

MATH 2413 (if trigonometry previously completed)

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I took the COMPASS test; what do my scores mean?

Note: Compass test scores may be used for enrollment if you tested prior to 8/26/13 and enrolled in a term at an accredited college prior to the Fall 2014 term. If you are a F1 Nonnative English speaker, you may not be eligible for these courses (see advisor for more information).


COMPASS WRITING & READING SCORES

COMPASS Writing Score

COMPASS Reading Score

HCC Course Placement

WS: none (no WS)

OR

WS: 1-2

READ: 36-45

PRER 0100 & must co-enroll in INRW 0410

WS:3

OR

WRITE: 1-44 with WS: 4-5

READ: 46-60

INRW 0410

(Note: If student places in INRW 0410 in reading or writing and also places in INRW 0420 in writing or reading, then placement is INRW 0410)

WRITE: 45-100 with WS: 4-5

READ: 61 - 80

INRW 0420

WRITE: 59-100 with WS: 5

READ: 81-100 (college level reading)

ENGL 0100 co-requisite with specific ENGL 1301 sections

WS: 6-8

READ: 81-100 (college level reading)

ENGL 1301 & other writing-based courses (i.e. history, government, etc.; see Course Prerequisites for proper course selection)

COMPASS MATHEMATICS SCORE

COMPASS Mathematics Score

HCC Course Placement

PALG: 1-17

(Note: referred to Level 1 certificates, Adult Basic Education, or Continuing Education)

PALG: 18-48

OR

ALG: 1-38

MATH 0106

PALG: 49-100

OR

ALG: 39-48

MATH 0409

Grade of D in MATH 0308 or 0409

MATH 0108

ALG: 49 - 65

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 0312 (for math, science, engineering, technology, and business majors)

Grade of D in MATH 0312

MATH 0112

ALG: 66 - 70

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

PREM 0100 AND must co-enroll in MATH 1324 (business majors) or 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors) or 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

ALG: 71-100

OR

CALG: 1-50

MATH 1332 (for fine arts, liberal arts, teacher education majors)

OR

MATH 1324 (business majors)

OR

MATH 1314 (math, science, engineering, technology majors)

OR

MATH 1342 (for nursing, social/behavioral science majors)

CALG: 51-100

MATH 1316, 1325, 1350, 1351, 2412 (if trigonometry was previously completed)

TRIG: 1-50

MATH 1316, 1325, 2412 (if trigonometry previously completed)

TRIG: 51-100

MATH 2413 (if trigonometry previously completed)

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I took the Compass ESL test; what do my scores mean?
Note: If you are a Nonnative English speaker, you will be placed according to these scores superceding other test scores (see an advisor for more information). If you are an Intensive English student, please see the Intensive English department for advising and enrollment. F1 students with less than a Compass ESL score of 215 must be in Intensive English.


Compass ESL SCORE FOR READING & WRITING

Compass ESL Score

HCC Course Placement

216 - 243

ESOL 0351

244 - 262

ESOL 0354

263 - 297

ESOL 0360

> 297

College-level writing placement will utilize other writing placement scores such as the TSI Assessment

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