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     Placement Exam Requirements   


    What are placement exams and why might I need to take one?

    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 are placement exams?

    Students may be placed in college level courses if their scores on the TAKS, ACT, or SAT exams meet guidelines for exemption from having to take developmental classes as per the CBC placement chart.  

    If a student did not score high enough to be exempt from developmental education based on these exams, he or she must take the TSI Assessment exam.    
     

    How do I know if I am exempt?
     

    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. 

    ACT - 19 English / 19 Math with composite score of 23.  Scores may not be more than 5 years old.
     
    SAT - 500 Verbal / 500 Math with composite score of 1070.  Scores may not be more than 5 years old. 
    TAKS - 2200 ELA with essay of 3 and/or 2200 Math. Scores may not be more than 5 years old from the 11th grade exit-level TAKS exam. 

    View all of the TSI Exemptions from the 
    Texas Administrative Code.

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

     
    If I am required to take a placement exam, what do I do next?

    You must take the TSI Assessment.  First you must register for the exam and then you must complete the “Pre-Assessment Activity”.

      

    How do I sign-up for the TSI Assessment?

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

    Click on the campus below to see the testing schedules for that site.

    Alice Testing Schedule
    Beeville Testing Schedule
    Kingsville Testing Schedule
    Pleasanton Testing Schedule

    When the prospective TSI Assessment examinee contacts the testing center, they will complete the 
      College Placement Testing Contract.  The testing department will then go over the “Pre-Assessment Activity” with the examinee. 

    It is mandatory for all first-time examinees to complete a “Pre-Assessment Activity which consists of the following:
    (1) the importance of this assessment, [Based upon your scores on the TSI Assessment – this will decide whether you are eligible for a college level course or if you will need to take a developmental or preparation course – which will not give you college credit.  A developmental course will help you build your skills so that you will eventually be able to take a college level course.  These courses give you a foundation in the subject area that you need preparation in.  The TSI Assessment exam is very important and we want you to do as well as you possibly can.]
    (2) 
    sample questions, [go to:  
    http://www.coastalbend.edu/tsiresource/ for sample questions and other resources to help you prepare for the TSI Assessment]
    (3) 
    course options, and [Coastal Bend College offers various course options: NCBO - Non-Course Based course - which is a non-semester length course delivered in an intense workshop setting, Integrated Course - which is a course that integrates two areas - such as Reading and Writing together so that a student gets two courses for the time and price of one course,  Lecture courses (class-room style course with instructor – face-to-face); Distance Learning courses (class-room setting, but video cameras and microphones link you to other sites with other students.  The instructor may move around from site-to-site to have face time with each area); Internet courses (do your course work from home, but some courses may have you take a proctored exam at a CBC site); Weekend College courses (go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/weekend/)]
    (4) 
    resources for students.

    Services available for students at CBC 

    Tutoring 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tutoring/ 

    Financial Aid 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/FinAid/ 

    Title V – Laptop Computer/Calculator Loan program 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tech_request/ 

    Library 

    Go to:  http://lrc.coastalbend.edu/about 

    Student Development Advisors 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/Counseling/ 

    Testing 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/testing/ 

    Housing/Student Activities 

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/StudentLife/ 

     

     


    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. 


    If the individual does not complete the “Pre-Assessment Activity”, they will not be allowed to take the TSI Assessment.   

    The first question asked on the TSI Assessment is “Were you provided with information and/or an activity to help you understand all of the following: (1) the importance of this assessment, (2) sample questions, (3) course options, and (4) resources for students?” If the examinee answers “no” to this question – the exam will stop and the examinee may not take the TSI Assessment. 

    What do I bring with me on the day of the exam?
     
    You will need to have a (1) Photo ID (this may be a Texas ID card, Driver's license, or Passport - if you do not have one of these forms of photo ID - you may print out the  TSI Assessment ID Form
    TSI Assessment ID form - have it notarized and then bring this to the testing department as photo identification.) and (2) Coastal Bend College ID #.   To create a Coastal Bend College ID – you must first fill out the Apply Texas Application for Coastal Bend College - http://www.coastalbend.edu/Apply_Texas_Application/) at least a week in advance of when you will test.

    No personal items are allowed in the testing area.  No cell phones, electronics, books, notes, calculators, purses, bags, etc...are allowed in the testing area.  

    Dual-Credit Students: 

    Dual-Credit Students will need complete the “Pre-Assessment Activity” if they are not TSI exempt. 


    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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