Assessment/Testing Center Contact Info and Hours

The North Lake College Testing Centers administer assessment tests, instructional exams and national program exams. Private rooms are available for special accommodations by appointment only.

Which Testing Center Should I Visit?

North Lake College has two Testing Centers. Please make sure you visit the right one. The Placement Testing Center offers TSI Assessments, CLEP, DANTES, TABE, and ESOL testing. Continuing Education students also use the Placement Testing Center.

This page lists information for the Placement Testing Center. For information on academic testing for credit classes, visit the Academic Testing Center.

NOTE: Summer hours apply. See below for summer hours information.

North Lake College


Placement Testing Center
  • A425
  • 972-273-3160
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.;
    • Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Academic Testing Center
  • L240
  • 972-860-3932
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (last test given 8 p.m)
    • Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last test given 3:30 p.m.)
    • Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (last test given 3 p.m.)

Testing Schedule

MTWR 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
No tests will be issued after 5:00 p.m. Other cut-off times may be in effect for specific exams by the instructor's direction.

F 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Other cut-off times may be in effect for specific exams by the instructor's direction. No tests will be issued after 3:30 p.m.

Central Campus, A425
972-273-3160 

Shanequa Whitehead, Manager

TSI Information

Some students are required to take the TSI exam after admission but before registering for classes. Check out our TSI test preparation links​.

TSI Mathematics Test

The Mathematics Test is a multiple-choice assessment with four basic content areas with scores ranging from 310 to 390. There are approximately 20 items on the TSI placement test and 10 items in each section of the TSI diagnostic test. View information on the kinds of questions asked, and sample questions and answers.

TSI Reading Test

The TSI Assessment in Reading is a multiple-choice assessment with scores ranging from 310-390 that covers the four content areas listed below. There are approximately 24 items on the TSI placement test and 10 to 12 items in each section of the TSI diagnostic test. View information on the kinds of questions asked, and sample questions and answers.

TSI Writing Test

The Writing Test is an assessment that contains a multiple-choice section and an essay section. The multiple-choice section has four content areas with scores ranging from 310 to 390. Shown below are brief descriptions of each of the four content areas. There are approximately 20 items on the TSI placement test and 10 to 12 items in each section of the TSI diagnostic test. View information on the kinds of questions asked, and sample questions and answers.

Essay Section

You may be asked to write a five-paragraph persuasive essay (approximately 350–500 words) on a controversial issue or one of current interest. You will be expected to clearly state a main idea and provide specific examples and details to back up your main idea, as well as follow conventions of Standard English. You will not be allowed to use a dictionary or other outside resources, but you may use plain scratch paper (provided at the testing center) to plan our essay and write your rough draft(s). Items will test the student’s ability to arrange the parts of sentences in the most logical way, including the use of logical transitions and the correct placement of modifying phrases and clauses and the student’s ability to use logical transitions.

How to Prepare

Take advantage of free sample questions to improve in areas where your academic performance is not the strongest, or simply to find out what kinds of knowledge are required on the TSI exam. Here are some more test prep links (look under "Resource Documents").​

Computer Skills Placement Test

Students may take a Computer Skills Placement test or choose to take an approved course to demonstrate or acquire these computer skills at the beginning of their college work.
 
The Computer Skills Placement (CSP) exam will cover the seven sections below. These exam summaries are PDFs. There are 10 questions in each section for a total of 70 questions, with a 70 minute time limit.

CSP Resources

Computer Skills Placement Review Sheet