TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

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TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

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While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

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At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

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TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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Test Exemptions
  1. Students who meet the following score standards for ACT, SAT, or TAKS tests may be exempt from TSI requirements in a specific skill area if the tests have been taken within the approved time frame. Students must provide official scores to the Testing Office prior to enrollment in order to qualify for this exemption.

    • ACT: composite score of 23, combined with a minimum of 19 on the English and/or the mathematics tests; test date no more than five years prior to enrollment

    • SAT: combined verbal and math score of 1070, with a minimum of 500 on the verbal and /or mathematics tests; test date no more than five years prior to enrollment

    • TAKS: minimum score of 3 on the writing essay test and 2200 on the English Language Arts test, and/or 2200 on the math test, and ; test date no more than three years prior to enrollment.

  2. Students who have graduated with an associate's or higher degree from a Texas public institution of higher education are not required to take a TSI test. Students are responsible for providing official transcripts from the degree-granting institution.

  3. Students who have completed TSI requirements at another institution of higher education are exempt from testing requirements provided an official transcript is submitted which indicates TSI completed status.

  4. Students from private or out-of-state institutions of higher education who have completed college-level coursework equivalent to TSTC's TSI Academic Core Component Courses are exempt from testing requirements provided official transcripts are submitted.

  5. Students who are retired or have been honorably discharged from active duty in the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990 are exempt from testing requirements. Appropriate documentation of status is required.

  6. Students currently serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or service in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States with at least three years service prior to enrollment at TSTC are waived from testing requirements. Students on active duty must present a letter from their commanding officer or current duty papers for each semester of enrollment.

Students who test below the minimum passing standards will be assigned to an individual TSI plan which will provide specific course and/or non-course activities for completing TSI requirements.

Testing and remediation policies are subject to change without notice. Contact the Testing Office for more information.





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