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Updates During Return to Learn
- New Scholarships will be posted on Canvas, the Weekly Newsletter, and on Schoolinks
- Dual Credit PARENT CONSENT FORM was due December 1, 2020
-This was for all three dual credit programs: Core Complete Dual Credit, CTE Dual Credit, & Alamo Academies Dual Credit (students who did not complete the application process are ineligible to take dual credit courses for the following school year)
The Division of College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) works to ensure that all Texas High School students have access to high quality pathways to college, career and military.
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ACT and SAT Information and Registration:
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a nonprofit organization of the same name. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. It also offers an optional direct writing test.
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is wholly owned, developed, and published by the College Board, a private, not-for-profit organization in the United States. The test is intended to assess students readiness for college.
Test Study Materials
6 Steps for Seniors Needing to Take the TSI Assessment
Seniors Needing to Take the TSI Assessment: 6 Steps
Nearly all seniors will be asked to upload their TSI Assessment results if you are going to any college or university. The six steps to take the TSI assessment can be found below.
Complete each step, and move through the process to register to take the TSI online from home.
If you skip step 3, you cannot register to test - you must complete step 3.
Step 5 is the only optional step.
TSI resources can be found at: https://www.austincc.edu/search?search=tsi
Study! This is the new TSIA2 and is harder than the previous TSI!
STEP 1: Do I need to take the TSI Assessment?
Test Score Exemptions
The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment. Tests must have been taken within the previous five years.
MINIMUM SCORES ELIGIBLE FOR TSI ASSESSMENT EXEMPTION
Note: Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered March 2016 and later, is not allowable.
TSI Complete Scores
The following are the current sets of score ranges. You have completed Texas Success Initiative requirements for a subject area if you earn the minimum score listed in the charts and date ranges below.State-Approved Minimum Scores to be TSI Complete, effective January 11, 2021
STEP 2: Do I meet the computer system requirements if I test from home?
- Desktop computer or laptop
- NO Cell phones, Tablets, or Androids
- Chromebooks will work BUT you MUST indicate that you will be using a Chromebook
- A working built-in or external webcam and microphone with your laptop or desktop. Cell phones may not be used.
- Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload (Hot spots are not recommended)
- Browser with pop-up blocker disabled
Accuplacer System Requirements: Please go to accuplacer.org and scroll to the bottom right to find the black checkmark. Please verify your system requirements by clicking the "verify system".
Step 3: Do I complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)?
- If you are an incoming college student in Texas, the State of Texas requires all students to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment.
Note: Students who are retesting for the TSI Assessment, are not required to redo the PAA.
- After you have reviewed all sections, you will receive an email of Certificate of Completion. Make sure you save this email for your records as we may require you to show proof of completion.
Click on the following link to begin the PAA - http://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/Judsonisd
STEP 4: How do I pay for the TSI Assessment?
While in high school at VMHS, taking the TSI Assessment is FREE.
Once you leave VMHS, you will have to pay to test at one of the colleges.
TSI Fees at Northeast Lakeview College
$32 for a full exam
$12 per individual portion (if a full exam is not required)
You will be sent an email confirming your appointment, this confirmation will include a link to the virtual business office to pay your test fee. Please do not pay your test fee until you have received your email confirmation, we want to ensure you are paying the correct fee. If you are paying online you will receive a receipt via email. You also have to option to pay cash or check, plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to use this payment option.
Step 5: What if I need to test with accommodations?
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)provides the following guidelines for accommodations for administration of theTSIA2.
TSIA2 Platform FeaturesThe TSIA2 testing platform includes several built-in features often used for testing accommodations that are available to all students and do not require prior approval:
•Untimed–there is no minimum/maximum time allotted for the mathematics, ELAR/essay sections of the TSIA2, including the Diagnostics (if applicable). However, students should be aware of the hours of operation at the testing center or school where they are taking the test.
•AccessibilityWizard–the accessibility Wizard allows students to change the appearance of the testing screens to include text size, color scheme, line spacing, and background and text color.
•Save and Finish Later–students may take a break during the test by selecting the “save and finish later” option. Students selecting this option must return to complete the test within 14 calendar days. This option is not available for the essay section, which must be started and completed within the same testing session.
•Calculators–the TSIA2 has three (3) built-in calculator options available for appropriate mathematics test questions: basic 4-function, square root, and graphing. Students are encouraged to view the calculator tutorial in the Student Portal prior to testing to understand how to use this tool during testing.
•Highlighter–the TSIA2 has a tool available for highlighting purposes in any narratives, including reading passages, of the TSIA2 multiple-choice sections and the prompts of the essay. Students are encouraged to view the highlighter tutorial in the Student Portal prior to testing in order to understand how to use this tool during testing.
TSIA2 COMPANION Accommodated Test Versions
The following formats are available for students with documented disabilities.
•TSIA2COMPANION standard and large print versions, as well as administrator’s reader scripts, are available to print on demand via the COPPS section in the platform. TSIA2COMPANION Braille, audio CD, and the essay versions are available for purchase through the standard ordering process.
•Please note theTSIA2 COMPANIONversions are not computer adaptive and include50%more test questions to ensure comparable reliability and validity with the computer-adaptive version. Therefore, it is recommended that theTSIA2COMPANIONversion be used as a last option.
•Studentswith appropriate permissions using theTSIA2COMPANION mathematics version can use only a basic/square root hand-held calculator. Proctors for this test must ensure the calculator model meets this requirement. As of January 11, 2021
•Students are not required to take all sections of the TSIA2 in one testing session and can take each subject area on different days. For high school students wishing to qualify for dual credit courses, it is recommended that students start with the ELAR section first and take the mathematics section after they have completed Algebra II or other advanced mathematics course(s).
STEP 6: Are you ready to take the TSIA? Complete the process to take the TSIA at home or on campus.
- Please complete the “Book TSI Testing” on the testing calendar to test from home or on campus.
- The College & Career Center will email you within 48 business hours (Monday through Friday), to set up your test through Zoom video chat web service.
- PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL/CANVAS MESSAGES FOR ANY CORRESPONDENCE!