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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.

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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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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/testing/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 0 - 335

MATH 0309

MC Score of 336 - 344

MATH 0310

MC Score of 345 - 349 MATH 0312

TSIA EXEMPTIONS
Students may be exempted from taking all or parts of the TSIA 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:

ACT

  • A composite score of 23 is required to be exempt in one or more areas.  If a student does not meet the composite minimum their ACT scores cannot be used for TSI exemption.
  • If you made an ACT Composite score of 23+ with an ACT English score of 19+, you are exempt from the reading and writing areas of testing.
  • If you made an ACT Composite score of 23+ with an ACT Math score of 19+, you are exempt from math testing.

* SAT Administered Prior to March 5, 2016

  • A combined Math+Critical Reading score of 1070 is required to be exempt in one or more areas.  If a student does not meet the 1070 combined minimum, then the SAT scores cannot be used for TSI exemption.
  • If your SAT Critical Reading score was 500+ and your combined Math+Critical Reading score was 1070+, you are exempt from the reading and writing testing.
  • If your SAT Math score was 500+ and your combined Math+Critical Reading was 1070+, you are exempt from the math testing.

* New SAT Administered on or after March 5, 2016

  • An Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480+ will be exempt from reading and writing testing.
  • A Math score of 530+ will be exempt from math testing.
  • No composite score is required for New SAT administered on or after March 5. 2016
    *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.

11th Grade Exit-Level TAKS

  • If you made a TAKS English Language Arts score of 2200+ and a written composition score of 3+, you are exempt from reading and writing testing.
  • If you made a TAKS math score of 2200+, you are exempt from math testing.

STAAR End of Course Exams

  • If you make a Level 2 score of 2000+ on English 3 Reading and Writing EOC exams, you are exempt from reading and writing testing.
  • If you make a Level 2 score of 4000+ on Algebra 2 EOC exam, you are exempt from math testing.
  1. A student who has graduated with and associate of baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  2. A student who transfers to Blinn College from a private or independent institution of higher education or a regionally 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 a 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 area(s) and comply with all other Success Initiative requirements.
  3. A student who has previously attended another regionally accredited Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  4. A student who enrolls in a Level 1 Certificate program of one year or less with 42 or fewer semester credit hours and takes only classes listed in that certificate plan.  TSI requirements apply if you change your major or take courses outside of your Level 1 certificate plan.
  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 United States and has been serving at least three years preceding enrollment. (A copy of your military ID card or letter from military stating when your active duty service expires and a copy of your most recent LES must be provided for us to determine if you qualify for the waiver must be submitted to admissions.)
  6. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired or released from active military duty as 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.