Placement Exams

TSI Assessment

The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help your institution determine if you are ready for college-level course work 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 course work 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 (see exemption requirements here) — 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.

THEA - (Texas Higher Education Assessment)

The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public colleges or universities.  It was developed by Evaluation Systems Pearson ®, through a rigorous review and approval process supported by skilled and experienced Texas educators. 

Computer Science Placement Exam

The Computer Science Department has developed a placement exam for computer science undergraduate and graduate students to help determine their placement in CSCI 502, 515 and/or 516. Students hoping to place into these classes must take the Computer Science Placement exam offered in the Testing Center.

Spanish Placement

The Spanish faculty has developed a written placement exam to evaluate Spanish aural/listening proficiency, writing, and reading skills of incoming Spanish students.  Students whose degree plan already requires them to take upper division Spanish may not substitute lower division courses for upper division ones. However, they may benefit from taking the placement exam by being exempt from the prerequisites, Spa 231 and Spa 232. The objective of this exam is to discern the level of students' language competencies.  At the completion of the exam students should demonstrate competencies at the following levels according to the requirements of the Spanish division at Texas A & M University-Commerce: 1) No proficiency; 2) Elementary Spanish I; 3) Elementary Spanish II; 4) Intermediate Spanish I; 5) Intermediate Spanish II.


Please note: As of November 30, 2016, COMPASS exams are no longer available at Texas A&M University - Commerce or any other previously available testing location. For more information about ACT's decision to phase out COMPASS exams, please click here for more information.