SAT ACT TSI & Test Prep
If you plan to apply to a 4 year university, you
should take an SAT and/or ACT test no later
than Spring of your Junior year.
If you wait until Senior year to test, you will not only limit your retest opportunities, but you could
endanger your admission to your prospective university (due to a failure to provide your
SAT/ACT scores by the admissions deadline).
The CHS High School Code is: 446-115.
The SAT Test Center Code is 44748
The ACT Test Center Code is 162580
Before taking a college level course, the State of Texas requires students to prove college readiness by passing a TSI tests in the following areas:
TSI Math Test (Passing Score = 350)
TSI Reading Test (Passing Score = 351)
TSI Writing Test (Passing Score = 5; or
4 essay with a 340 on the multiple-choice section
Students who are not TSI-Exempt
(see exemption information below) , can take the TSI test at:
Students can be EXEMPT from the TSI test, with one of the following:
- A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with..
- ...at least 19 on math for an exemption in math, and/or
- ...at least 19 on English for an exemption in reading & writing
SAT (administered on or after March 5, 2016) : No combined score is required.
A minimum score of 530 on the Math test for an exemption in math
A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for an exemption in reading & writing.
For Dual Credit purposes only , students can meet TSI Reading & Writing standards by making a 4000 or higher on the English II STAAR Test, and can meet TSI Math standards by scoring a 4000 or higher on the Algebra I STAAR Test.
In Mid-October of each year, SAISD automatically administers the PSAT to
9-11th grade students who are enrolled in advanced academic classes.
Non-Advanced Academics Students must register
(in the counseling center) by late September.
Valuable practice - Taking the PSAT can help you become familiar with the format of the test, as well as the pacing required on a timed college entrance exam.
Detailed Score Report - This report not only list your scores, it also shows how you compare to other collegebound Texas students in your grade.
Excellent Feedback - Your score report will also identify your strengths/weakness and will provide tips on how to improve your scores.
National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test - Juniors who have high scores on the PSAT could qualify as a Commended Scholar or National Merit Scholar, which could result in increased scholarship and admissions opportunities.
Free online preparation for
STAAR, ACT, SAT, TSI, AP, or ASVAB
The College & Career Center Facilitator & CHS Counselors can assist students in the completion of SAT, ACT, &/or TSI registration. Your counselor can provide you with a calendar, listing the dates that the CHS CCCtr is open. Walk-ins are encouraged during home pass periods. Or... to make an appointment, simply email your CHS schedule to the Facilitator, Cindy Hensley.