• Coastal Bend College's Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Developmental Education Plan (DEP) 

     

    What is the Texas Success Initiative?

    Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

    What is TSI DEP and why is this required?

    All first-time college students enrolling in an academic or workforce program at Coastal Bend College are required to complete a mandatory four-hour pre-test preparation session in the areas of English, Math, Reading, and Test-Taking Skills prior to taking the Accuplacer - College Placement Exam.

    Coastal Bend College created the four-hour preparation session to help our prospective students feel more comfortable about taking the Accuplacer exam and to refresh the individual in the areas of Writing, Reading, and Math before testing.

    It is shown that people who prepare for the exam in advance do better, than those who do not prepare.

    We want our students to succeed and do as well as they possibly can, so our staff will be taking the time to make sure that all of our first-time college students get off to the right start at Coastal Bend College.

    Any prospective CBC student who would like to go through the preparation session may. Even if they are a returning student, they may go through it if they need to re-take the Accuplacer exam.

    Fee Information:

    There is not a fee for the preparation session.

    What steps happen when a person inquires about taking the Accuplacer exam?

    The fee for the Accuplacer exam is $29.00. Advanced paid reservations are required before a person may take the Accuplacer exam. Check with the appropriate testing center to see when the Accuplacer exam will be offered and the procedures for making a reservation. 

    When the prospective Accuplacer examinee contacts the testing center, they will complete the TSI DEP form along with the College Placement Testing Contract. The testing department will then ask the examinee whether they would like to complete the four-hour preparation session online; which uses web-based PLATO; so they can work on it from their home. Here is the Instruction Sheet for Pre-Test Review. If so, then the testing personnel will show the individual how to self-enroll themselves into the PLATO preparation program. If the individual prefers, they could be scheduled for a two-hour workshop at the college and then complete the last two hours on their own time.

    The individual will print their PLATO report - showing the number of hours they've completed and bring it with them when they go to the testing center to take the Accuplacer exam.

    If the individual does not complete their four-hours of preparation work, they will not be allowed to take the Accuplacer exam.

    Dual-Credit Students:

    Dual-Credit Students will need to complete the 4-hour preparation session if they are not TSI exempt.

    Dual-credit students or any other first-time college students, who want to take a certain area/(s) of the Accuplacer exam - because they aren't exempt in all areas of their TAKS or other exam - will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 2 hours of the area/(s) that they need for a total of 3 hours.

    Examples:

    Individual wants to take the Math Accuplacer only- they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 2 hours of Math - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Reading Accuplacer only - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 2 hours of Reading - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Writing Accuplacer only - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 2 hours of Writing - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Writing and Reading areas of the Accuplacer - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 1 hour of Writing + 1 hour of Reading - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Reading and Math areas of the Accuplacer - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 1 hour of Reading + 1 hour of Math - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Writing and Math areas of the Accuplacer - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 1 hour of Writing + 1 hour of Math - for a total of 3 hours

    Individual wants to take the Writing Essay only of the Accuplacer - they will take 1 hour of test-taking skills + 2 hours of Writing - for a total of 3 hours

    Exemptions to this policy: Level I Certificate Program Students, Non-Degree Seeking Students, and Returning Students.

    If the individual is TSI exempt based upon their TAKS scores, THEA, ACT, SAT, or other college placement exam, then they will not be required to take the preparation session as long as they show proof of their TSI exemption to our Admission Office.

    How many people can be in PLATO at a time?

    Coastal Bend College has 12 licenses for PLATO - therefore, we should not have any problems with people not being able to access PLATO. As long as no more than 12 people log in at the same time to PLATO - the program will work properly.

    What does the individual do after they complete the required number of hours in PLATO?

    The individual will need to print out the report from PLATO showing how many hours they've completed. Then they will turn the print-out in to the Testing Department so that they can take the Accuplacer exam.


    If you need any additional information or have questions, please contact:
    Roberta Kreis - Testing Coordinator at (361) 354-2244
    Toll Free Number: 1-866-722-2838 - Ext: 2244

    (Coastal Bend College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.)

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