Dual Credit Program

How Do Students Qualify for Dual Credit?

Check this out to see whether you qualify or not!

The Texas Administrative Code and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board outline the rules of eligibility for taking Dual Credit courses.
To enroll in dual credit courses, students must show college readiness in reading, writing, and/or math as applicable to the course(s) the student plans to take.
All students in Texas public colleges are required to demonstrate college readiness through the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which is a state program designed to promote student success by assessing students’ academic skills through the TSI Assessment (TSIA). Students may either take the TSIA or show scores from other accepted assessments approved for placement. Approved assessments are the TSI, ACT, SAT, STAAR, PLAN/ACT Aspire.

1. TSI– TSI assessment is a program designed to help your institution determine if you are ready for college-level work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment – unless you are already exempt (read below) – to determine your readiness for college-level work

A high school student is eligible to enroll in Dual Credit with the following TSI Assessment Scores:

  • Reading: score of 351-390
  • Writing: 340-390 and 4 on essay OR 310-339 and level 4-6 on ABE Diagnostic and 5 on an essay
  • Math: score of 350-390.

2. You may be exempt from taking TSI Assessment and be eligible for Dual Credit enrollment by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • SAT: Composite score of 1070 (math and reading), with a minimum score of 500 in Math and a minimum score of 500 in Reading. [New SAT: min 480 EBRW and min 530 Math]
  • ACT: Composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in both the Math and English portions of the test.
  • STAAR (EOC): Minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section. Scores must be less than 5 years old.
  • PLAN: a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in Mathematics and English

The Dual Credit registration and qualification process may vary depending on the application and course registration requirements of an Institution of Higher Education your school has the agreement with. Contact your campus Dual Credit coordinator for more detailed information. See, Appendix I.