apply for admission and
complete orientation (if required), the next step is assessment testing.
Before registering for your first credit course, you must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which includes a pre-assessment activity and assessment testing.
All credit students are required by law to take an assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
exemptions to determine if you are exempt from TSI requirements.
Mountain View College administers state-approved TSI assessments.
You will be required to complete a
pre-assessment activity before taking the actual assessment test.During the pre-assessment activity, you will view sample test questions and will also have the opportunity to take a practice test before completing the official TSI test.
On your test date, you will need:
Once you have completed your pre-assessment activity and assessment, advisors will use your test scores to recommend course choices during registration.
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Assessment Testing |
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. The state requires all Texas public colleges and universities to assess the academic skills in reading, writing and math of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. All students that do not meet the exemption requirements are required by law to take the assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Consult with either the Enrollment Services Representatives (ESR) in Admissions or an Academic Advisor to determine your need to take the assessment test or if you meet an exemption. Exemptions can be based on minimum scores for the ACT, SAT, TAKS, and STARR tests. The official score report for these tests will need to be submitted to determine the exemption. Exemptions can also be applied if you have earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution, if there is successful completion of college level English and Math classes, enrollment in certain certificate programs and/or military service. Assessment testing is used for determining the course or courses in which you can enroll. Assessment is not required for students enrolling in Continuing Education (CE) courses.
If you are required to take the TSI Assessment Test, you will need to;
The assessment has multiple choice questions with an essay for the writing component. It is computer adaptive, which means that all the questions are on a computer and they increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you respond.
More specific information about the topics included on the test and practice test questions can be found at www.collegeboard.org/texas-sample-questions.
After you test, you will receive an individual score report that will indicate your score in mathematics, reading and writing. If you meet the College-Readiness Cut-Scores (posted below) you will be eligible to enroll in entry-level college courses.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Education Statute (Chapter 4: Rules applying to all public institutions of higher education in Texas, Subchapter C. Texas Success Initiative: 4.53.9) indicates that each college will have a differentiated placement system that allows advising and placement of students based on individual strengths and needs. Further, section 4.62.C indicates that differentiated placement and instruction are required components of the developmental education program. The following guidelines and placement decision questions are here to provide a consistent placement of students and also to facilitate advising questions for faculty, educational planners and enrollment staff to determine the optimum placement of each individual student.
Texas Success Initiative Assessment Score Grid 2016-2017
College level ready
Algebraic PathwayCareers include Science, Business, Teaching and Engineering.336-349 DM1 ≥ 7 and DM2 ≥ 8
NCDM 0071 & Math 1314-1414 or 1324
336-349 DM ≥ 7
336-349 DM1 < 7 or ABE 5-6
ABE Level 4 & ABE DM1 ≥ 7 & ABE DM2 ≥ 7
DMAT 0305 & BASM 0053
Non Algebraic Pathway Cincluding Liberal Arts Careers336-349 DM1 ≥ 7 and DM2 ≥ 8
NCDM 0061 with MATH 1332 or 2342-2442
336-349 DM1 < 7 or ABE 5-6 or ABE 4 & ABE DM3 ≥ 10
DMAT 0308 or DMAT 0309 or DMAT 0407 (STATWAY)
Pathway BridgeStudent has changed their mind after completing and passing DMAT 0308, 0309, 0407
Option 1: Take DMAT 0305 then 0310Option 2: Retake the TSI for higher placementOption 3: Complete the Non-Algebraic Pathway
Pathway BridgeStudent has changed their mind after completing and passing MATH 1332 or MATH 2342/2442/1442
Option 1: Take DMAT 0310Option 2: Retake the TSI for higher placement
ABE Level 1-3
AEL Adult Education or community transition program
Reading 349-350 and Writing met
NCDR 0073 or NCER 0071* & EDUC 1300 (Hinojosa)
Reading 348-350 and Writing met or357-362 (MC) with Essay ≤ 4 or 363-390 with Essay ≤ 3
Reading 342-347 or Reading ABE level 5-6
Reading ABE level 4
NCDR 0053 & DREA 0305 or CTE Course
Reading ABE level 1-3
AEL Adult Education or community transition program
Writing 363 - 390 with Essay 4+ or350-390 with Essay 5+ or ABE level 4 with Essay 5+
Writing 361-362 with Essay of 2-4 & Reading met
NCDW 0071 or NCEW 0071* & ENGL 1301 (Rister)
Reading met or 348-350 & Writing 357-362 (MC) with Essay ≤ 4 or 363-390 (MC) with Essay ≤ 3
Essay 4 & 350-356 (MC) or ABE level 5-6
Writing ABE Level 4
NCDW 0053 & DWRI 0305 or CTE Course
Writing ABE Level 1-3