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Bryan/Brenham Fall/Spring Hours
Monday-Thursday

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday 7:30. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Semester Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Schulenburg/Sealy
Fall/Spring Hours Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Semester Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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All Campuses

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admissions@blinn.edu

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative was enacted by Texas legislators for all public state institutions of higher education to follow. The TSI Assessment (TSIA), which may be required of all first-time entering students, will determine students’ readiness for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who do not meet the minimum passing standards will be required to follow a developmental education program designed to help them achieve college-level readiness. Results from this assessment will be used for course placement only and not as a condition of admission to the college. There is a fee charged for this assessment and prior registration may be required. A Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) is required prior to paying for and taking the assessment. (http://www.blinn.edu/counseling/tsia.html)

The following chart details course placement by score from the TSIA in reading, writing, and mathematics:

Texas Success Initiative Placement Chart

TSIA Reading Score

Placement

351 or higher

College Ready

350

READ 0208

346 - 349

DIRW 0326

342 - 345

DIRW 0325

341 or less

READ 0304

TSIA Writing Score

Placement

Essay Score of 5 or higher
or Essay Score of 4 and
MC Score of 363 or higher

College Ready

Essay Score of 4 with
MC Score of 360 - 362

ENGL 0121

Essay Score of 3 and/or
MC Score of 355 - 359

DIRW 0326

Essay Score of 2 or less and/or
MC Score of 354 or less

DIRW 0325

TSIA Math Score

Placement

350 or higher

College Ready

MC Score of 336 - 349

MATH 0310

MC Score of 0 - 335

MATH 0309

TSIA Exemptions

Students may be exempted from taking all or parts of the assessment if one of the following conditions applies:
1. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards on the:

a. American College Test (ACT): minimum composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and Mathematics tests (scores must be from the same test date);

b. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): a combined minimum verbal and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the critical reading and the mathematics tests (scores must be from the same test date);

2. For those students who have taken the ACT or SAT test, a partial exemption may be granted if a student meets the composite score requirement, but does not meet both of the individual exemption score requirements. If the student has not earned an exemption in each of the skill areas, the student must be tested for the remaining skill area(s) and comply with all other Success Initiative requirements.

a. ACT Test: If a student has a minimum composite score of 23 and has a score of at least 19 on either the verbal or the mathematics test but not both, the student will be considered exempt on the section in which a 19 was scored.

b. SAT Test: If a student has a minimum composite score of 1070 and has a score of at least 500 on either the verbal or the mathematics test but not both, the student will be considered exempt on the section in which a 500 or higher was scored.

3. For a period of (5) years from the date of testing, students who have Texas Success Initiative exemptions with TAKS scores will be placed in courses based on the following chart:

Minimum TAKS ELA Score

Written Composition Score

College Course Placement

2200

3 or 4

ENGL 1301; college-level reading courses

 

Minimum TAKS MATH Score

College Course Placement

2200

MATH 1314, 1414, 1324, 1332, 1333, or 1342

*Writing essay scores must come from an official label or letter from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) until these scores are placed on the high school transcript.

4. For a period of (5) years from the date of testing, students who have Texas Success Initiative exemptions with STAAR EOC (end of course) scores will be placed in courses based on the following chart:

Minimum STARR Score English III

College Course Placement
(writing & reading)

Level 2

ENGL 1301; college-level reading courses

 

Minimum STAAR Score
Algebra II

College Course Placement

Level 2

MATH 1314, 1414, 1324, 1332, 1333, or 1342

5. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

6. A student who transfers to Blinn College from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out- of-state institution of higher education and have taken courses corresponding to the Success Initiative requirements and earned a grade of “C” or higher in each of the three skill areas. These courses must have common course numbers corresponding to courses transferring into Blinn College. If the student has not earned a grade of “C” or higher in each of the skill areas, the student must be tested for the remaining skill area(s) and comply with all other Success Initiative requirements.

7. A student who has previously attended another institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

8. A student who has 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 institution, or a public state college. Blinn College also requires a state-approved placement test for all certificate students.

9. 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 United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. (A copy of your current military ID card must be submitted to the admissions office).

10. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active military 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. (A copy of your DD214 with character of service must be submitted to the admissions office.)

*   Exemptions will not be granted until documentation is provided in the form of official transcripts sent directly to Blinn College or a score report is sent directly from the testing agency to Blinn College. (http://www.blinn.edu/admissions/success_initiative.html#TSIExemptions)