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Placement Exam Rules

Rules for Math Placement Exam Part A and Part B


  1. If a student takes Math Placement Exam Part A and scores:
    • 0-50%, the student must take Developmental Math course DSMA 0300
    • 51-64%, must take DSMA 0301
    • 65-100%, may take Math Placement Exam Part B
  2. If student has taken THEA* or an alternative test and is in DSMA 0303, the student may take Math Placement Exam Part B.
  3. When a student takes Math Placement Exam Part B under any circumstance and scores:
    • 0-64%, must take DSMA 0303
    • 65-100%, may take College Algebra (MATH1414)
  4. A student may retake the test 48 hours after taking it for the first time.
  5. Students are allowed to take the exam only three (3) times, unless the dean or administrative office of the campus grants permission to take it a fourth time.
  6. If a student is placed into developmental studies, the student may not retake the exam until after he/she has successfully completed developmental studies (and if the Math Placement exam was already taken 3 times before being placed into developmental studies, student must take TSI** exam after completing developmental studies).

*THEA = Texas Higher Education Assessment


**TSI = Texas Success Initiative

Rules for English Placement Exams and Essays


  1. Students should be given English exam/essay A or B, not both.
  2. When students retest, they will only be allowed to take the version they have not yet taken.
  3. Students are allowed to take the exam only twice in a 4-month period unless the dean or administrative office of the campus grants permission to take it a third time. Students will not be allowed to take the test more than 3 times.
  4. Students should receive remediation before re-taking the exam.


English Placement Exam


This is the Reading Objective Placement Test that covers reading comprehension and grammar. There are 33 questions in this examination for a total of 50 points.


  1. The student will be allowed one hour and 20 minutes to complete the test.
  2. Students scoring 50% or lower will be allowed to enroll in DSRE 0302.
  3. Students scoring 51% to 73% will be allowed to enroll in DSRE 0303.
  4. Students scoring 74% or higher will be allowed to enroll in ENGL 1301.
  5. Each grammar question is worth 1 point, and questions pertaining to reading passages are worth 2 points.


English Essay


This is a test of the student's writing skills.


    Students are allowed to use blank scratch paper to organize and compose their thinking for the writing portion. There isn't extra time allowed for the student to write more than one draft.

    A "clear" passing score on the writing sample (essay) is a total score of six (6) or higher from two graders, each of whom gives a separate score of 1 through 4.

    Students that score 3 or lower will be eligible to enroll in DSWR 0303.

    Students that score a 4 or 5 will be eligible to enroll in DSWR 0304.

    Students that score a 6+ will be eligible to enroll in ENGL 1301.

    Students are required to prepare a multiple-paragraph writing sample of about 300 to 500 words. Time limit: 1:20:00 hours.

    Important note: To show paragraph breaks, students must write the words Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2, Paragraph 3, etc. before each paragraph begins.

    Before beginning to write, the student should read the assignment carefully to understand exactly what is being asked. The Testing staff cannot answer questions regarding format or composition.

    Because this is a test of the student's writing skills, the written response should be an essay of complete sentences and paragraphs, as well organized and clearly written as possible.

    Students will be evaluated on the ability to focus on the topic given in the assignment and address the concerns of the specified audience.

    The written response will be scored on appropriateness, focus, development, organization, sentence structure, usage and mechanical conventions.