College Entrance Exams
Students planning to attend a 4 year university, community college, or junior college will need to take a college entrance exam.
4 Year Universities often require the SAT or ACT but please check with the institutions website to see their specific requirements. Some may also have a minimum score for admission.
Community Colleges and Junior Colleges will accept the SAT or ACT but if in Texas will also accept the TSI Assessment.
The TSI Assessment is part of the Texas Success Initiative program. It is designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college level course work in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment unless you are exempt. Exemptions are listed below.
ACT: 23 composite with 19 on english (to exempt reading and writing) and 19 on math (to exempt math)
SAT: 480 on Evidence Based Reading and Writing (to exempt reading and writing) and 530 on Math (to exempt math)
Rains HS will pay for one TSI and one ACT or SAT administration for each student during their junior or senior year. Rains HS will also pay for one retest when a student fails to meet TSI Criteria in ELA/Reading and/or Math.
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TSI will not be administered the week prior to and during STAAR testing.
WHAT ARE PASSING SCORES FOR THE TSI?
The “Passing” Scores for the TSI are:
Math = 350
Reading = 351
Writing = 340 AND a 4 on the Essay OR Less than a 340 on Writing with a 4 on ABE AND an Essay score of 5
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT PASS THE TSI ON MY FIRST TRY?
You can retake the TSI as many times as you need to and you will only need to retest the sections that you did not pass. An example would be that if you passed the Reading and Writing sections of the TSI, you would only need to retake the Math portion of the TSI, not the entire test.
Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt or partially exempt from taking an initial assessment test. In each case, Texas State must receive official proof in order to process the exemption. ACT, SAT or STAAR scores must be part of the student's Texas State record. Official score reports must be submitted to the Office of Admissions (these scores may be submitted on your official high school transcript). Previous course work must have been transferred to Texas State.
For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who performs at or above the following standards:
A composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirements) and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt from those corresponding sections;
SAT Testing prior to March 1, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test (will exempt a student from both the reading and writing TSI requirements); a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test will exempt a student from the TSI mathematics requirements.
SAT Testing on or after March 2, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) will exempt a student from both the TSI reading and writing requirements; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test will exempt a student from the TSI mathematics requirements.
For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student performs at or above the following standards:
*STAAR End of Course Exams (EOC):
2000+ (Level II) on the *English III (3) (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirement)
4000+ (Level II) on the *Algebra II (2) (will satisfy the math TSI requirement)
* If you think you qualify for this exemption, please check with your high school Counselor to see if you were administered the English III or the Algebra II STAAR EOC exam. A number of Texas school districts are opting NOT to offer these exams.
A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning whose accreditation is recognized by SACS(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-one certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent).
A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
A non-degree seeking student.
A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the United States.
ESOL Waiver: Students with demonstrated limited English proficiency may receive a temporary waiver appropriate to ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions.