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2014 - 2015 Catalog
TSI Exemptions/Waivers


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You must have TSI assessment scores on file prior to enrolling for college-level courses. Prior to any student taking the TSI assessment, a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and practice test must be administered. If you meet any of the following conditions, you are exempt or waived from the TSI requirements.

  1. Academic exemptions are based on demontrated college readiness by subject area.
    1. For a period of five years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards is exempt:

      • ACT: Composition score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics tests shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

      • SAT: A combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test and/or the mathematics tests shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

      • For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections. For more information about Dual Credit, Early College and Middle College eligibility and testing requirements for course placement, see the Dual Credit section within this catalog.

      • STAAR Testing prior to spring 2014 - For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a 2000 minimum score (2000 on reading test/2000 on writing test) of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required for reading and/or writing, relevant to the course. And, a student with a 4000 minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required for the mathematics section.

      • STAAR Testing beginning in spring 2014 - For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a 4000 minimum score (on the combined reading and writing test) of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required for reading and writing. A student with a 4000 minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required for the mathematics section.

  2. Non-academic exemptions where by students are exempt from having to demonstrate college readiness in all subject areas.

    1. A student who has graduated with an associate or higher degree from an accredited public institution and submits appropriate documentation of degree and official transcript is exempt.

    2. A student who transfers to the colleges of the DCCCD from an accredited private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed at least three hours of college-level Core-related coursework with a grade of "C" or better is exempt. An official transcript must be submitted.

    3. A student who has previously attended any accredited Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined by that institution to have met TSI standards is TSI met. For students meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics, institutions may choose to require additional preparatory coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1314, 1324, 1414 (or their equivalent). Students will be informed of the consequences of successful completion of a mathematics pathways model which results in meeting the mathematics college readiness standard only for specific courses. An official transcript must be submitted.

    4. A student, with the exception of Early College or Middle College High School students, who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less will be waived of TSI requirements (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours). However, students are not exempt from TSI if they take courses that are not included in the Level-One certificate.

    5. 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 is exempt.

    6. 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 armed forces of the United States is exempt.

    7. A non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student, with the exception of Dual Credit, Early College or Middle College High School students, is waived from TSI requirements.

    8. Students in ESOL programs may be granted an ESOL waiver from TSI testing. The ESOL waiver must be removed after the student attempts 15 hours of ESOL coursework/interventions, or attempts entry-level freshman coursework.

    9. A student who sucessfully completes a college preparatory course as allowed by Texas Education Agency is exempt for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. This exemption applies only at the instituition of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.

    10. Any student who has been determined to be exempt in mathematics, reading, and/or writing as outlined above shall not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or intervention in the corresponding area of exemption.


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