• If you're interested in taking DC, there are several steps to take to prepare/be eligible.


    Begin by completing an Apply Texas application, which is a common application that can be used for Texas colleges and universities.  This is the means by which you will apply for admission to EPCC, which is required as our DC agreement is through/with them.  Click on this link to begin your application: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX.  IMPORTANT: you must select EPCC as a school of choice and ensure you actually submit your application; it is also a good idea to choose UTEP as well, as it never hurts to have a "Plan B" in place!
    A few weeks after having submitted your Apply TX application (usually 2-5), you will receive an email with your EPCC ID # (it will begin with an 8, and be eight digits long).  Once you have that number - but not until then - you can proceed to the next step.
    All students who take DC must qualify with "college ready" TSI scores.  The TSI is the college placement test used in Texas (f.k.a. Accuplacer).  Before taking the TSI however, you must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity Module (PAAM).  You must have your EPCC ID # in order to do this.  Once you've received it, go to this link to begin the process, which should take you 30-45 minutes and can be done from any computer with internet access: https://start.epcc.edu/PreAsmt/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fPreAsmt.
    Once you've completed the PAAM, you're ready to take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative). The TSI will test your "college readiness" in math, writing, and reading.  All SISD comprehensive high schools test their sophomores for free (a full battery of the TSI test generally runs $20-$30, depending on the testing location).  However, you can take the TSI at EPCC or UTEP as often as you like, and over any portions you like; contact the testing center at each institution for details.  Once you've taken the TSI, your scores are good for up to five (5) years.  If your scores indicate you are "college ready" then you are ready to enroll in DC; if they don't, you can seek additional assistance at the Accuplacer/TSI website by clicking on this link: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer.  There are also numerous websites, study guides, and other tools that can assist you, if you do an internet search on them, but not all are endorsed by College Board (who governs the TSI test) and none are endorsed by SISD/PHHS.