As a prospective college student it is important that you know the difference between all the different tests that you will encounter in the process of being admitted to a university.

Entrance Exams

There are two main college entrance exams accepted throughout the U.S., the ACT and the SAT. Most colleges and universities require you to take entrance exams as part of the application process. To make an admission decision on your application, schools usually consider other factors such as high school performance, but the ACT/SAT scores play a major role in the decision.

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Placement Tests

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling in college, and to be advised on course placement based on the results of that assessment.

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Credit by Examination

Students can earn college credit by taking tests such as Advanced Placement (AP) or by meeting certain scores in the ACT test.

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