Assessment Requirements

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 below 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.

TSI Assessment Testing Information

ASSESSMENT LEVELS CHARTS

Reading
Test Level 1
Developmental
(R1)
Level 2
Developmental
(R2)
Level 3
College
(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
Test Level 1
Developmental
(E1)
Level 2
Developmental
(E2)
Level 3
College
(E3)
TSI Assessment Essay 0-3 and 353 and Below Essay 0-3 and 354+ 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
Test (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
Test 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

Page last updated March 29, 2018.