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College Entrance Exams

What is a College Entrance Exam?
A college entrance exam is a standardized aptitude test that measures an individual's aptitude in various areas such as verbal, math, analytical and writing skills. These tests are not designed to measure what they have learned in school; rather, they measure an individual's potential to perform well in the future.

On Campus Entrance Exam Dates
  • PSAT -- October 12, 2022
  • SAT -- October 12, 2022
  • SAT -- March 22, 2022 -- The Registration Deadline is March 1, 2023
*Tests offered at Farmersville High School are Free to Farmersville ISD students. Tests taken elsewhere have a fee that must be paid prior to taking the test.

How is the SAT Structured?
The SAT takes three hours and consists of three tests: the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, and the Math Test. Compared to the ACT, the SAT provides 43% more time per question.
Most of the questions are multiple choice, though some of the math questions as you to write in the answer rather than select it. On all questions, there's no penalty for guessing: if you're not sure of the answer, it's better to guess than leave the response blank.

What are the Fees for SAT Exams?
PSAT and SAT exams not taken at Farmersville ISD vary in price. Some tests taken on Farmersville ISD's campuses are free and others have a fee. Talk to your student's counselor to learn more about the cost of exams at Farmersville ISD. The following fees are associated with tests taken outside of Farmersville ISD.
    • SAT -- $55
    • PSAT/MMSQT & PSAT -- $18
    • PSAT 8/9 -- $14

How to Schedule an SAT Exam?
Even though Farmersville ISD offers the PSAT and SAT exams, there are other places/days our students can take the exam. To sign-up for the SAT exam at another campus, go to

SAT Study Resources
Khan Academy builds a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy's tools are free and available to every student to take ownership of their learning and their future. 
CollegeBoard SAT offers students the opportunity to take eight official SAT practice tests for FREE!

How is the ACT Structured?
The ACT contains four multiple-choice tests -- English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science--and an optional writing test. These test are designed to measure skills that are most important for success in postsecondary education and that are acquired in secondary education.
The score range for each of the four multiple-choice tests is 1-36. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number. More than 1.78 million graduates--52 percent of the US high school graduating class--took the ACT test in 2019.
ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.

What is the Fee for ACT Exam?
The ACT exam is not taken at Farmersville ISD. All ACT exams must be scheduled online to be taken elsewhere. The average cost of an ACT exam is $60.

How to Schedule an ACT Exam?
Even though Farmersville ISD does not offer the ACT exam, there are other places/days our students can take the exam. To sign-up for the ACT exam at another campus, go to

ACT Study Resources
Delivered by the experts, and designed to fit your study preferences and your budget. You'll find everything from ACT test prep kits, ACT online tutoring, to Kaplan Online classes at the ACT Test Prep website 

What is the TSI?
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is a series of placement tests for students enrolling in public colleges and universities in Texas. The tests help Texas schools determine whether you’re ready for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing, and math.
If you’re not ready for college-level courses, the tests help determine what types of courses or intervention will best prepare you for college-level work. You take TSIA2 tests on a computer and, depending on school policy, may get your results immediately after you finish the test.
Not all Texas college students have to take TSIA2. If you’ve met college readiness standards on a standardized test like the SAT or successfully completed a high school college preparatory course, you may be exempt. Contact the college you’ll be attending to see if you need to take TSIA2. Before you take TSIA, you’ll need to complete a pre assessment activity. The institution or school district where you test will provide the activity and document your participation.


When Does FHS Offer the TSI?
  • November 2 (For Students Brand New to Dual Credit for the Spring Semester)
  • March (For All Juniors and Anyone New to Dual Credit (email Ms. Matkin here to Sign-Up)
  • April (For All 8th Graders That Want to Take Dual Credit Classes) This test will be administered at Farmersville Junior High School. Email the FJHS counselor to sign up for your test.

How Much Does the TSI Cost?
The TSI test is free if taken at a Farmersville ISD school. If a student takes the TSI test at Collin College, the cost is $29 per test.

TSI Study Resources
Accuplacer provides the opportunity for students to take practice tests, see sample questions, learn more about the essay section with the essay test guide, and see sample essays. Go to the Accuplacer website today and start preparing for your TSIA2.