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TSI Assessment

Beginning in fall 2013, the State of Texas will allow only one assessment test to be used to determine a students' Texas Success Initiative status. Previously, Clarendon College offered the ACCUPLACER test to determine college readiness. The new TSI Assessment will replace the ACCUPLACER as Clarendon College's method of assessing a student's TSI status. Student scores on the new TSI Assessment will also be one of several factors considered in placement, student advising, and course enrollment. Students whose TSI status was determined on an older test must enroll in college courses before August 28, 2013 or must plan to test again under the new assessment.
Contact the Office of Student Services to schedule a time to take the new assessment. They will also be happy to assist you with preparing for the assessment including information on participating in review sessions prior to taking the assessment.
 
Why is this change being made?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was mandated through action of the 78th Texas Legislature to replace the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). TSI requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrolling at a Texas public college or university. Institutions have the flexibility to determine the appropriate path for individual students to take so as to be considered college ready and thus ready for college-level courses.
Beginning August 28, 2013, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to begin administering the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any new student that has not completed college course work prior to 8/28/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements. Until this date, we will continue to accept the current TSI approved tests (Compass, Accuplacer, THEA, and ASSET).
 
The fees for the TSI Assessment are as follows:
Test
Fee
Reading
$10.00
Math
$10.00
Writing
$10.00
All
$30.00
To make an appointment at the Clarendon Campus, call the Testing Center at 806-874-3571 Ext 170.

To make an appointment at the Clarendon College Pampa Center, call 806-665-8801.

To make an appointment at the Clarendon College Childress Center call 940-937-2001.

 

Links
 
TSI Assessment
 
Exemptions

 

You do not have to take the TSI Assessment test if you:

  • have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education; or
  • have transferred from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution; or
  • have previously attended any institution of higher education and have been determined to have met college readiness standards by that institution; or
  • are 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) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college; or
  • are 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 have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment; or
  • on or after August 1, 1990, were 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 armed forces of the United States; or
  • are enrolled at Clarendon College on a temporary basis as a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.


The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment:

 

SAT (administered prior to March 2016):

  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math;
  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the critical reading test for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing

SAT (administered on or after March 5, 2016):

  • A minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math (no combined score required);
  • A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing (no combined score required)

Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable. 
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the SAT test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

 ACT
A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with:

  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
TAKS

  • A minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • 2200 in English Language Arts–with a writing sub-score of 3–for an exemption in reading and writing.

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their 11th grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment

  • Algebra II – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in mathematics
  • English III – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in integrated reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

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All test scores must be documented on an official document (transcript). Faxes, student score reports, or Xerox copies are not considered official.

Students may be required to participate in Clarendon College local assessments prior to enrollment in certain subjects. Please check with an academic advisor for further information as to which test/assessment is required.
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Who must take the TSI test?
Unless otherwise exempt or waived, all students registering at a Texas public college must take the TSI test.
When do I have to take the TSI test?
The test must be taken before you can enroll in any college-level course at any Texas public institution of higher education.
What test instruments are used for TSI?
Beginning August 28, 2013: TSI Assessment; If enrolled prior to August 28, 2013: ACCUPLACER, ACT Compass, ASSET, and THEA (formerly TASP).
Which of the tests described above is the "official" TSI test?
Beginning August 28, 2013, the new TSI Assessment will be the only recognized TSI placement test in Texas.
How do I register and pay for the TSI test?
All prospective students of Clarendon College must contact Student Services to arrange to take the TSI Assessment. 
What happens if I do not pass all three sections of the TSI Test?
Students who initially fail to be placed at college level on a portion of the TSI cannot take a college-level course in the failed subject area until they complete the required developmental courses and/or retest.  
Dual credit students are not permitted to take developmental courses while in a high school program.
Can institutions require students to make a higher score than the state's minimum as a prerequisite to certain courses?
No. Beginning in Fall 2013, all institutions in Texas are required to use the same passing scores on the new TSI Assessment.
For any other questions about the new TSI Assessment, contact the Student Services Office at 806-874-3571.
 
 
 
TSI Pre-Assessment Activity
The Texas Success Initiative Pre-Assessment Activity is designed to improve student success in college.
Incoming college students should register as New Users. You can then return and complete the Pre-Assessment by logging in asExisting Users. Be sure to activate your account with the link sent to your email address.
This Pre-Assessment Activity page is administered by Amarillo College, and Clarendon College students are granted access to it through the Panhandle Community College Connection (PC3).  For questions about the page's purpose or usage, please call the AC Help Desk, (806) 371-5000.
 
 
 
 
Additional Information on the New TSI Assessment
TSI Assessment: Student Brochure (PDF)
TSI Assessment: Test Content (PDF)
TSI Assessment: Sample Questions (PDF)
TSI Assessment: Interpreting Your Scores (PDF)
 
Additional Resources:
THECB Developmental Education/Texas Success Initiative
THECB Proposed Rules
THECB/ACC Archived Webcasts
State of Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (PDF)
College Board Presentation (Chantel Reynolds) to TASA (PDF)
TSI Assessment Content (PDF)
WritePlacer Holistic Scoring Rubric (PDF)
WritePlacer Guide with Sample Scored Essays (PDF)