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
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 CodeTSI/Exemptions
Exemptions to this policy: Level I
Certificate Program Students, Non-Degree Seeking Students, and Returning
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”.
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
Click on the campus below to see the testing schedules for that site.Alice Testing ScheduleBeeville Testing ScheduleKingsville Testing SchedulePleasanton 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
Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/tutoring/
Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/FinAid/
Title V – Laptop Computer/Calculator Loan program
Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/tech_request/
Go to: http://lrc.coastalbend.edu/about
Student Development Advisors
Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/Counseling/
Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/testing/
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
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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