Testing Center

The North Lake College Testing Center administers assessment tests, instructional exams and national program exams. The center is equipped with separate stations for both computerized and paper-and-pencil tests. Private rooms are available for special accommodations by appointment only.

The Testing Center is located in room A425.

Testing Schedule

MTWR 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
No tests will be issued after 7:00 p.m. Other cut-off times may be in effect for specific exams by the instructor's direction. All exams collected at 8:00 p.m.

F & Sa 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Other cut-off times may be in effect for specific exams by the instructor's direction. No tests will be issued after 2:30 p.m. All exams collected at 3:30 p.m.

Classroom and Make-Up Testing

If your instructor requires you to complete an exam in the Testing Center, be sure to have the following information when you request your test.
  • Instructor's name
  • Subject and course number (exp: HIST 1301)
  • Exam number (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)
  • Exam deadline (Get this information from your instructor. The testing staff can not "look up" this information on computers.)

What To Bring

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scantron answer sheet (If required)
  • A Test Request Form must be completed before entering the Testing center.
  • Only battery operated 4-function, non programmable scientific or TI83/TI 84 calculator are allowed (if permitted by instructor).
  • Money for coin-return lockers (quarter). Please do not share lockers.
Important: Government or school-issued photo identification is required and enforced.

TSI Information

Some students are required to take the TSI exam after admission but before registering for classes. Find out if this applies to you, or 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

Learn more and find resources, including sample questions.
Office Hours & Contacts
​Testing center guidelines
You may not bring personal items into the Test Center. This includes bags, cell phones and pagers. Coin-reimbursable (quarter) lockers are available for student use. Please bring quarters, and do not share lockers.

Please show courteous and cooperative behavior while using the services provided by the Testing Center.

Do not bring children into the Testing Center. You must make arrangements for the care of your children prior to your exam date. The police department will be notified of any unattended children.

Do not take any testing materials with you when you leave the Testing Center. This includes the test, answers, charts, scratch paper. These items will be attached to your test.
Please realize that Testing Center staff members will be monitoring your actions on the computer. Do not attempt to access the internet or any other applications. Doing so will be documented as Academic Dishonesty, and your exam will be terminated.

Academic Dishonesty
The Dallas County Community College District has established procedures and guidelines to protect the security and integrity of all exams. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct as they relate to academic dishonesty are documented and reported to the instructor and the Director of Testing. It is at the discretion of the instructor if the matter will be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Affairs.