Testing Resources



The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Who can take it and how much does it cost?

The PSAT is given free to all sophomores and juniors.  You do not need to sign up.  The PSAT 8/9 is available to freshman for $13.  This test is not available to seniors.

Freshmen may sign up through Sept 9 using the form in your google classroom.  You will receive notification about payment after you sign up.  

How do I prepare?

Students will receive a study guide and info guide. We also recommend that students prepare for the PSAT by using the study guide or visiting here.

Can home-school students take it?

Home-schooled students eligible to attend school in our district may also register and test. Please come by the counseling center or call 677-2747 for more information.

About the PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The scholarship is entered junior year.  It is used as a practice and preparation for the SAT and ACT tests. Students who take the PSAT test typically perform better on the SAT.

It is offered through Canyon High in October each year.

It focuses on the skills and knowledge measuring:

  • What you learn in high school.
  • What you need to succeed in college.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years in and out of school. It does not ask for facts from literature, history, or science, or a recall of math formulas, because it measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. There is no penalty for guessing.

The test length is 2 hours, 45 minutes.

What are the Benefits of Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®?

  • Get free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy®
  • Start getting ready for college with college and career planning tools
  • Enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program
  • See which AP® courses you might be ready for
  • Get admission and financial aid information from colleges
  • Enter National Recognition Programs granting students academic honors that can be included on college applications

PSAT Resources


Texas Success Initiative (TSI) 2.0 Assessment


TSI Test Prep Resources

TSI tutoring at AC is available to High School students at no cost
Success Center
Ware, Room 300, Washington Campus
8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Thursday, 8:30-12:00 Fridays
Individual tutoring for Reading, Writing, & Math TSI
Free, no appointment needed

TSI Information

Informational Brochure

The TSI tests are part of the Texas Success Initiative, a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program. The first is the assessment of students’ basic skills in English language arts & reading and mathematics. The second is developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement. So if students do not score in the college-ready level range on one part of the assessment, High Schools are now required to offer them remediation to help them become prepared for college-level course work.

Colleges use the TSI scores in a similar way: to make sure students can handle Freshman classes. If not, students are placed in a class that matches their skill level. Remediation in college, however, usually means taking and paying for class that is not going to count towards a degree. With the high price of tuition, it is understandable why the state wants students to get fully college ready while still in High School.

TSI 2.0 began on Jan 11, 2021.  If students do not meet the college ready standard, they are given a second diagnostic exam.  This exam gives students a second change to meet the college ready standard.  

  • ELAR Exam 30 questions +  Essay (350-600 words) / ELAR Diagnostic 48 questions.
    • Reading – literary text analysis and informational text analysis and synthesis
    • Writing – essay revision and editing, sentence revision, editing, and completion   
  • Mathematics exam 30 questions / Math Diagnostic 48 questions
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Algebraic Reasoning
    • Geometric and Spatial Reasoning
    • Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning

College Bound Students.  Some colleges will not allow students to register or attend freshman orientation until they have attempted both TSI tests (or have shown college readiness through ACT/SAT/dual credit in all areas).  Be sure and take advantage of free TSI testing while in high school.

Dual Credit Students.  Students must also demonstrate they can handle college level coursework before taking a dual credit class.  This may be shown using a TSI test, or ACT/SAT, PSAT, or an EOC test.  The TSI tests needed for Dual Credit are the mathematics test for math courses and the English (ELAR) test for all others.  


College ready scores

Interpreting your score

TSI Assessment English 945 with an essay of 5, or <945 with a Diagnostic of 5 and an essay of 5
Math 950, or <950 with a Diagnostic of 6

You are exempt from TSI testing with these ACT or SAT scores.

ACT English 19 with a composite score of 23 = TSI Reading and Writing
Math 19 with a composite score of 23 = TSI Math
SAT Evidenced-Based Reading/Writing 480 = TSI Reading and Writing
Math 530 = TSI Math

You may also show college-readiness for dual credit only with a STAAR EOC score or PSAT score.

English II STAAR EOC 4000 or “Meets” = TSI Reading and Writing
Algebra I STAAR EOC 4000 or “Meets” + Credit in Algebra II = TSI Math
PSAT Evidenced-Based Reading/Writing 460 = TSI Reading and Writing
Math 510 = TSI Math

College freshman also demonstrate college-readiness by completing a dual credit class, even if they did not have to TSI.  You will have to send your AC transcript to your university.



The SAT will be giving for free to juniors during the school day on Wednesday, March 3rd!  As part of our district initiative to support all students as they prepare for life after high school, CISD is providing the SAT test to at no cost.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a national college admissions exam accepted by most all 4-year universities in the US.  Either the ACT or SAT is required to attend 4-yr schools as a freshman, plus many scholarships consider SAT scores.  The test covers Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.  For more information about the SAT see www.sat.org.  (Note that a few larger universities require the SAT with writing which our test will not have).

On test day

  • Report to small gym or your classroom by 8:15. Do not be late.  Room assignments will be posted in the commons.
  • Bring your student ID. We will supply pencils and calculators.
  • Do NOT bring phones, smartwatches, fitness bands, or other electronic devices. Leave them in your car.
  • You will have a few short breaks.  Education Credit Union is providing snacks.  You may also bring your own snack and leave it in your backpack until the break.

How long will the test take?

Time estimate: 8:15 to about 12:40.  You will get a full lunch regardless.

  • Reading: 65 minutes
  • 10 minute break
  • Writing and Language:  35 minutes
  • Math – no calculator: 25 minutes
  • 5 minute break
  • Math – calculator: 55 minutes

How is this different than a regular SAT?

This is the regular SAT.  It’s just at school and is free.  The national tests also have writing as an option.

AP Testing 2021

  • Biology: May 14, morning
  • Calculus: May 4, morning
  • Computer Science A: May 6, noon
  • English Language & Composition: May 12, morning
  • English Literature & Composition: May 5, morning
  • Physics 1: May 5, noon
  • Physics 2: May 7, noon
  • Spanish Language & Culture: May 11, morning
  • Statistics: May 13, morning


STAAR Testing

Students who earned credit for a class with a STAAR EOC course in the 2019-2020 school year, when testing was canceled due to Covid, will NOT ever have to take the EOC for that course.   

To see your student’s scores, go to texasassesment.gov

Fall Retesting Dec 2020

  • Dec 8 English I
  • Dec 9 Algebra I
  • Dec 10 English II
  • Dec 11  Biology & US History

Spring Testing 2021

  • Apr 6 English I
  • Apr 8 English II
  • May 4 Algebra I & US History
  • May 5 Biology

Summer Retesting 2021

  • June 22 English I
  • June 23 Algebra I
  • June 24 English II
  • June 25 Biology & US History