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TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. The University of Texas at Arlington is required by state law to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very important that you complete this activity before you take the
test.

You WILL NOT be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity.

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IMPORTANCE OF THE TSI ASSESSMENT TEST

The purpose of this test is to measure a student’s readiness for college-level course work.  The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is mandated by state law and requires all students attending a public institution of higher education to prove they are ready to take entry-level college courses which require reading, writing and math skills.  By law, the TSI Assessment, exemptions, and passing scores are the same at every public institution of higher education in Texas.  Please make sure you are prepared to take this TSI Assessment.

  1. Passing the test means that you can take college-level coursework.
  2. Not passing means you will need to take and pass developmental, non-credit course work
    1. This will cost you in time - at least one extra semester
    2. And money  - one course costs approximately $1,100
  3. Depending on your score, you may be asked to postpone entry at UTA until developmental coursework is complete.
  4. This is a State of Texas requirement, we cannot waive it.

TSI EXEMPTIONS

A student is exempt from TSI requirements if they meet any one of the following conditions:

  1. The student has earned an associate's degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  2. The student is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard.
  3. The student is currently serving and has served for the last three years preceding enrollment as a member of a reserve component or the armed forces of the United States.
  4. The student who on or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired, or released from (1) active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard, or (2) service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
  5. The student is a non-degree seeking student.
  6. The student has attended any Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution (must provide documentation on official transcript).
  7. The student has transferred to UTA from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education and has completed certain college-level coursework as it relates to math, reading, and writing.

A student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions: 

Note: SAT 1 and ACT scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old; TAKS/STAAR scores must be less than three years old.

  1. Students with an SAT 1 (March 2016 or later) Math score of at least 530 are exempt from the math requirement.
  2. Students with an SAT 1 (March 2016 or later) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of at least 480 are exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  3. Students with an SAT 1 (prior to March 2016) score of at least 1070 and a math score of at least 500 are exempt from the math requirement.
  4. Students with an SAT 1 (prior to March 2016) score of at least 1070 and a verbal score of at least 500 are exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  5. Students with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a math score of at least 19 are exempt from the math requirement.
  6. Students with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 are exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  7. Students with a TAKS math score of at least 2200 are exempt from the math requirement.
  8. Students with a TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 are exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  9. Students with a STAAR English/Language arts score of at least 2000 for the Final Level 2 for English III are exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  10. Students with a STAAR Math score of at least 4000 for the Final Level 2 for Algebra II are exempt from the math requirement.

Please note: The name of the SAT 1 was changed to "SAT Reasoning Test"; the name "New SAT" has been used for the version of the test administered after January 2005.  The verbal portion of the New SAT was renamed "critical reading."  Both old and new total scores, as well as math, and verbal/critical reading scores that are less than five years old may be used to meet TSI requirements as described here.  The essay section of the New SAT (2005-2016) may not be used to meet TSI requirements. In 2016, the newest version of the SAT was released and the essay and critical reading sections were replaced by an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score.

COMPONENTS OF TSI ASSESSMENT TEST

The test is computer-based and must be administered in a proctored environment at a college testing center.  If you do not live in the DFW area and you are planning to attend UTA, you may request to take the TSI Assessment as a remote exam.  Contact testing@uta.edu.

  1. Components
    1. Writing (Multiple Choice and Essay): Essay Revision, Sentence Structure, Sentence Logic, and Agreement. A prompt is provided for the required essay and is graded based on six dimensions: A) Present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue; B) Organize and connect ideas; C) Develop and support ideas; D) Sentences and paragraphs demonstrate control of vocabulary, voice and structure; E) Expression of ideas using Standard English; F) Communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.
    2. Reading Comprehension: A) Literary Analysis; B) Main Idea and Supporting Details; C) Inferences in a Text; and D) Author’s Use of Language
    3. Math: A) Elementary Algebra and Functions; B)Intermediate Algebra and Functions; C) Geometry and Measurement; and D) Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
  2. Prepare!  It is strongly recommended that you practice before taking the exam.   Go to The College Board site and prepare using their Sample Questions, Write Placer Sample Essays, or access the free web-based study app.
  3. Passing Scores (Fall 2013):  A) Mathematics – 350; B) Reading – 351; and C) Writing – Essay score of 5, or Essay score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363
  4. Diagnostic Tests:  If you do not pass a section of the TSI Assessment, you will be required to take the diagnostic test in that section.  The results of the Diagnostic Test will help you and your advisor know what skills need to be developed.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE OPTIONS

If you fail to pass any part of the TSI Assessment test, you will be required to take developmental courses to help prepare you for entry-level college courses.   Your Advisor will let you know which developmental course is required based on your test scores. Here are the developmental course offerings at UTA:

  • English:
    • ENGL 0100 - 16 week course meets one hour per week and is paired with ENGL 1301
    • ENGL 0300 - 16 week course meets 3 hours per week

 

  • Math:
    • Math 0311 or 0312 (based on major)– 16 week course meets 3 hours per week.
    • Math 0311-999 – Internet based with optional math lab attendance 3 hours per week.

UTA ACADEMIC RESOURCES

The goal of UTA is for our students to have academic success.  Listed below are some of the many resources on our campus that support student success.  A complete list can be found at the Maverick Resource page.

  • University College is your gateway to student success at UTA.  University College provides Academic Advising, Success Series workshops, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, Testing as well as many other helpful programs.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services  UTA Counseling and Psychological Services is committed to helping students meet their full personal, academic, and career potential. Counseling and Psychological Services are available to help students increase their understanding of personal issues and make positive changes in their lives.
  • Health Services is an AAAHC accredited outpatient (ambulatory) facility open Monday through Friday during the academic year.  We are here to offer quality health care services to eligible students.
  • UTA Library has information on test preparation through the on-line Testing and Education Reference Center.
  • Math Clinic offers free math tutoring to enrolled students
  • Office for Students with Disabilities  provides services to students with all types of disabilities on campus.
  • UTA Writing Center assists students on a wide variety of writing assignments and needs.

 

UTA FINANCIAL RESOURCES

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

(Please Note: The agencies listed below are only a sampling of the hundreds of services available in Tarrant County.  Consult with UTA Counseling and Psychological Services for assistance with accessing resources.  Services provided outside of UTA are the responsibility of that agency.)

  • Arlington Public Library  provides services through a network of seven library facilities located throughout the city and the Library LiNK program.
  • United Way of Tarrant County 2-1-1 service: The information specialists assess callers’ needs and refer them to community services such as Caregiver Support, child care, financial assistance, food, health services, housing, in-home services, legal assistance, transportation. 817-548-9595, toll free 24 Hour Service: 211
  • Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County Administrative agency responsible for overseeing the employment and training funding and workforce development programs for businesses and citizens in Tarrant County. 817-413-4400,
  • YWCA Arlington Child Development Center  provides child care services and is located at 1120 UTA Blvd on the corner of Davis Drive and UTA Blvd. 817-299-9629.

 

TRANSPORTATION

UTA provides four free shuttles to help students get around campus.  On Saturday there is a MavMover Shuttle service that will go to certain shopping areas in Arlington for a nominal fee.

The City of Arlington has partnered with Via to provide On-Demand Rideshare services at low cost. Visit the City's Rideshare webpage for more information. Via will connect throughtout most of Arlington and also the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) at the CentrePort Station from there you can connect to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). Students with disabilities can also apply for Handitran services