• Assessment Requirements

    Del Mar College uses assessment scores to help you choose the best courses to reach your goals based on your current level of reading, writing and math. If your assessment scores indicate that you need special help before enrolling in classes that require specific levels of reading, English or math skills, developmental courses will be required.

    Your advisor can explain this further. Del Mar College requires placement of all students before they can register. 

    See the Assessment Exemptions section for further information.

    Assessment Levels

    Reading (R), English (E), and Mathematics (M) levels are assigned for most courses in the credit division. These levels are used for placement in courses.  Students must meet the assessment levels shown for each course either by placement testing or by previous course work.
    ACT and SAT scores may not be more than five years old. TAKS scores may not be more than three years old.
     
    *If no reading, writing or math assessment level is provided in the catalog for a given course, it is level 1 for that area. 
     
    Please refer to the Assessment Levels chart below to see how scores are used.

    Placement Testing Information: 
    TSI -  Assessment Testing information

      

    ASSESSMENT LEVELS CHART    

                            

                                                                Level 1
    DEVELOPMENTAL
        
    LEVEL 2
    DEVELOPMENTAL
          
    LEVEL 3
    COLLEGE
             

    READING 

     

     (R1) 

     (R2) 

     (R3) 

    TSI Assessment

    341 and Below

    342-350

    351+

    ACT (Reading)

    0-14

    15-18

    19+

    SAT taken prior to March 2016 (Reading)

    200-419

    420-499

    500+

    SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing)

    200-402

    403-479

    480+


    WRITING AND ENGLISH 

     

     (E1) 

     (E2) 

     (E3) 

    TSI Assessment

    358 and Below

    Essay 0-3

    359-362

    Essay 0-3

    Essay 4 and 340+ or Essay 5 and ABE Diagnostic of 4+

    ACT (English)

    0-14

    15-18

    19+

    SAT taken prior to March 2016  (Reading)

    200-419

    420-499

    500+

    SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing)

    200-402

    403-479

    480+

      

    MATHEMATICS 

     

     (M0) 

     (M1) 

    (M2) 

     (M3) 

    TSI Assessment

    335 and Below

    336-345

    346-349

    350+

    ACT (Mathematics)

    0-12

    13-15

    16-19

    20+

    SAT taken prior to March 2016 (Mathematics)

    200-310

    311-459

    460-499

    500+

    SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016 (Mathematics)

    200-329

    330-486

    487-529

    530+


    EXEMPTIONS FROM ALL OR SOME ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS 

     

    Exempt from Reading 

    and Writing 

    Exempt from  

    Mathematics 

    ACT taken within 5 years from the testing date

    Must be exempt from ALL parts with a composite of 23+, English 19+, AND Mathematics 19+

    SAT (taken prior to March 2016) taken within 5 years from the testing date

    Must be exempt from ALL parts with a score of Reading 500+, Mathematics 500+, AND a combined total of 1070+

    SAT (taken on or after March 5, 2016) taken within 5 years from the testing date

    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) 480+

    Mathematics 530+

    11th Grade TAKS within 5 years from the testing date

    ELA 2200+ with writing sample 3+

    Mathematics 2200+

    STAAR (EOC) for Graduates

    Level 2 ENGL 3

    Writing 2000+

    Reading 2000+

    Level 2 Algebra 2

    4000+

    Earned Degrees

    A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning