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Am I exempt from taking placement testing?

A student is exempt from all TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:

  • The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited Texas institution.
  • The student 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.
  • The student 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990.
  • The student is a non-degree-seeking (up to 9 credit hours of transferable coursework) or a certificate-seeking student.

A student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions. (SAT 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.)

  • A student with an exit-level (11th grade or higher) TAKS math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with an exit-level (11th grade or higher) TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  • A student with STAAR Algebra II End of Course Exam with a score of a level II is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with a STAAR English OR Reading III End of Course Exam with a score of level II is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirement.
  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a math score of at least 500 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a verbal score of at least 500 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a math score of at least 19 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  • A student who has completed a TSI restricted course at another regionally accredited institution.
  • A student has attended another Texas institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

ACT & SAT SCORES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR ADMISSIONS INTO WEATHERFORD COLLEGE; HOWEVER, SCORES CAN BE USED TO EXEMPT A STUDENT FROM PLACEMENT TESTING IF STANDARD IS MET.

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What should I do if I'm not exempt?

All students who are not exempt are required to take an approved test of basic skills in the area(s) for which they are not exempt before their first semester at Weatherford College. For example, if a student is exempt from the math TSI requirement, but not reading and writing, he or she must take only the reading and writing sections of an approved test.

There is one test, approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the TSI Assessment.

To schedule a placement test, please call the Testing Center at 817-598-6301.

What is considered a passing score?

Minimum passing scores for the TSI Assessment instruments:

  • Reading: 351
  • Mathematics: 350
  • Writing: 5 on the WritePlacer, or 4 on the WritePlacer and 363.

If I don't pass, how do I complete my TSI requirement?

You can complete your TSI requirement in one of two ways:

  1. By retaking and passing the corresponding section of the TSI Assessment, OR
  2. By successfully completing the highest level of developmental coursework.

What are the developmental courses?

MATH 0301  Foundational Mathematics
An introductory course designed to provide a review of fundamental operations in mathematics, based on the individual student's identified need for developmental work in basic arithmetic, elementary algebra and/or elementary geometry. The course begins with a review of the basic arithmetic operations with whole numbers, including the study of decimal and common fractions along with a review of the basic ideas in the treatment of percentage and the applications of percents to practical problems. Ideas on rations and proportion are also included. Elementary concepts from introductory algebra are presented in this course, and the basic principles of elementary geometry are studied. This course will not transfer to a four-year university. It will count, however, for non-degree credit from Weatherford College. Required Tutorial. Three hours lecture per week.

MATH 0402  Developmental Mathematics
This course is designed for students with a minimum high school background in mathematics or students who may not have completed all mathematics requirements in high school. The course consists of beginning algebra including operations with signed numbers and operations with algebraic expressions. The course includes the study of all basic methods of factoring. Simplifications of algebraic fractions are included. Solving linear equations and inequalities is also a major component of this course. This course is designed to allow students to demonstrate their reasoning ability to solve verbal problems. It is recommended for students whose placement scores in mathematics indicate they are not prepared for MATH 1314. Like MATH 0301, this course is not designed to transfer to a four-year institution. It will, however, count for non-degree credit from Weatherford College. Required Tutorial. Three hours lecture per week.

DEVR 0301  Developmental Reading I  (3 semester hours)
Reading 0301 is designed for students whose scores on assessment tests indicate a need for improvement in reading comprehension and vocabulary. This course will not transfer to a four-year university but will count for non-degree credit from Weatherford College. Three hour(s) lecture per week and twelve hours of tutorials required.

DEVR 0301  Developmental Writing I  (3 semester hours)
English 0301 emphasizes development of skills needed for college level writing including grammar, paragraph structure, and essay form. Critical reading and analytical skills are also developed. English 0301 will not transfer but will count for non-degree credit. Three hours lecture and twelve hours of tutorials required.

DIRW 0302  Integrated Reading and Writing  (3 semester hours)
DIRW 0302 is a three-credit course that integrates reading and writing instruction to engage students in the rigors of college work. This course is designed for students whose scores on assessment tests indicate a need for improvement in critical reading and writing skills. Through strategic instruction and guided practice, students strengthen their reading skills and gain practice in college level writing assignments. Through an exploration of knowledge and learning in higher education, students are encouraged to think critically. DIRW 0302 consists of three hours lecture and requires twelve hours of tutorial activities. Students completing this course successfully are not required to re-test.

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What if I retake and pass the test while I am enrolled in developmental coursework?

You may retake the related section(s) of the TSI Assessment at any time and as many times as you would like. Please speak with an academic or faculty advisor before retesting to determine if retesting is in your best interest. The TSI Assessment is offered by appointment only, year round in the Testing Center. If you retake and pass the related section of one of these tests, you must present official passing scores to Student Services, and fill out a form indicating you wish to receive a passing grade of "P" in the related course. Passing is defined as being eligible to move into college credit coursework in the related area, not just move to the next level of developmental coursework. Although a passing test score will allow you to stop going to the course, it is in your best interest to continue with the course, especially in math developmental coursework.

The grade of "P" is considered "passing", but has no weight on your semester GPA. This means by receiving a "P" in a developmental course, you do not loose semester hours, but it is not factored in to your semester GPA.

What is an Enforced Withdraw?

An Enforced Withdraw (EW) is given when a student receives excessive absences in a developmental course. Excessive absences is defined as six absences in a day course and three absences in an evening course. When an "EW" is given, the student will be notified by mail, and has seven days to appeal the decision. The start an appeal, the student must come to Student Services.

If the appeal is denied or the student fails to start the appeal process, he or she will be allowed to keep their remaining semester hours if it is their first "EW." A student who has received an "EW" in a previous semester and is going to receive a secondary "EW" due to absences, is in jeopardy of loosing all semester hours, required to select a certificate program and/or, required to withdraw from the college for at least one regular semester. Any student who receives an "EW" must come to Student Services to speak with an Advisor before registering for the following semester.

The grade "EW" is comparable to a "W" in regards to GPA.

For any further information regarding the grade "EW", please contact Adam Finley or Anna Nichols in Student Services.

My degree plan doesn't require me to take a College Level Math course.

There are degree plans that do not require a student to take any college level math at Weatherford College, however, to receive a degree from a public institution in Texas a student must satisfy all TSI requirements. This means if you are not exempt and do not pass the MATH portion of an assessment test, you will need to complete the highest level of developmental coursework or retest and pass the test.

How do I know what developmental course to take?

Please select provided link below:

TSI Placement Chart

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