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  Welcome to the San Antonio College Assessment Center webpage!    

EFFECTIVE August, 26, 2013:  All prior test scores will no longer be valid for students NOT enrolled for the Fall 2013 term.  

The Assessment Center provides testing services to students of the Alamo Community Colleges and the Community.  Services include test administration of the TSI Exam for college placement and for Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, CLEP (credit by examination), and external (non-Alamo Colleges) correspondence testing.   


TSI Exam

The TSI Exam is a computerized placement test that is the state of Texas approved instrument for assessing a student's readiness to enroll in an entry-level freshman course.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized the need for students to meet necessary skills in Reading, English, and Math to attain college success. Results of the TSI Exam test helps academic advisors identify students’ academic strengths as well as areas where a student might need more development to succeed in college. It is very important that students do their best in order to have an accurate measure of their academic skills, thereby placing them in the right courses.The TSI Assessment minimum passing standards for college readiness are: Mathematics score ≥ 350, Reading score ≥ 351, and Writing essay score ≥ 5 or essay score of 4 and multiple choice ≥ 363. Students who score below the cut scores are placed in the appropriate developmental course and will need to earn a "C" or better.

First time in College students, for the TSI Exam you must perform the following:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at  www.applytexas.org.  Applications can take 3-5 business days for processing.
  2. Confirm that your application has been processed through the Alamo Colleges online portal ACES.
  3. Submit official high school transcripts for evaluation of previous test scores (ex. TAKS, SAT, and/or ACT) for possible TSI and placement exemptions.
  4. Complete the required MyMaps Alamo Enroll modules online via ACES.
  5. Obtain your Student ID number also known as a Banner ID. You will need your Banner ID to take the TSI Exam. What is my Banner ID?  

Transfer students, for the TSI Exam you must perform the following:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at www.applytexas.org.  Applications can take 3-5 business days for processing.
  2. Confirm that your application has been processed through the Alamo Colleges online portal ACES.
  3. Submit official transcripts from your previous college(s) for evaluation of test scores and/or completed courses for possible TSI and placement exemptions.
  4. Complete the required MyMaps Alamo Enroll modules online via ACES.
  5. Obtain your Student ID number also known as a Banner ID. You will need your Banner ID to take the TSI Exam. What is my Banner ID? 

TSI Exemptions

All students not meeting the exemptions, exceptions, and waivers (see table 1) as defined must take the TSI Assessment as a diagnostic tool to determine reading, writing, and mathematics basic skills.  All students who qualify for an exemption, exception or waiver must complete the GO FAARR module and bring the appropriate documentation to the Assessment Center.  Students who do not provide official documentation to verify one of the exemptions are required to take one of the TSI assessments, please review Alamo Colleges TSI exemptions, exception, and wavers.

What is needed to test

In order for students to take the TSI Exam at San Antonio College, students must have submitted their transcripts and processed by SAC's Admissions and Records.  Please review the complete list of items needed in order to test:

  •  Must have an active application on file at one of the Alamo Colleges
  •  H.S. transcript for First Time in College students submitted and processed by A&R
  •  College transcript for College Transfer students submitted and processed by A&R
  •  A valid picture ID (State ID, Federal ID, Student ID, Passport, etc.)... No exceptions 
  •  Banner ID Number Locate my Banner ID
  • The total fee for the exam (cash, check or credit cards accepted)
  • All students need to complete the GO FAARR and Test Prep modules prior to testing

 

Test Fees

The TSI Exam is administered on a space available basis.  No appointment is required but students must come during the testing hours.  We do not offer the TSI Exam for other institutions, SAC and Alamo Colleges students only. 

Testing fees: We advise all students to wait for the day of testing to pay for their exam as testing fees are non-refundable.  

Full TSI Exam = $32.00 

Single test = $12.00  

 

The following items are not allowed in the testing lab:

  • cell phones
  • any other electronic devices
  • food or drinks 

 

TSI Exam Schedule and Office Hours

SUMMER FOUR-DAY WORK WEEK

 The Alamo Colleges will open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and close every Friday and Saturday from May 30, 2016 to July 29, 2016. Please plan accordingly

 

July 2016
TSI Testing Hours
July 2016
Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
 
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm**
 
Thursday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm**  
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
CLOSED 
 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
8:00 am – 7:00 pm 

Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Closed 



August 1-27, 2016
TSI Testing Hours 
August 1-27, 2016 
Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
 
 8:30 am – 12:00 pm  
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm**
 
Friday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm  
 
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(no testing, for general information only)  

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
 
 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
 
Friday
9:45 am – 2:00 pm  
 
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(no testing, for general information only)
 
**The testing lab closes at 6:45 pm, the Essay test must be completed by closing of the lab.  Other tests may be saved and continued the next day.
  

Assessment Retest Policy

UPDATED: Students are allowed to retest on the next available test date.  This includes retesting all parts, one or multiple parts.   

For all second or subsequent retests, we recommend the student retest after 2 weeks or after they have attended a formal college test prep intervention program (e.g. PASS) to improve their current test scores.

This policy applies to the TSI Exam only.

Study Links 

 Alamo Colleges Test Prep

The following sites are not affiliated with San Antonio College or the College: 

TSI ASSESSMENT Sample Test Questions - July 2013
TSI ASSESSMENT WritePlacer Sample Essays – July 2013 

http://www.testprepreview.com/accuplacer_practice.htm

http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/

 http://www.aims.edu/student/testing/studyguides/

http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/math/placement/placetest.html 

http://www.thea.nesinc.com/ (full practice test for THEA)

http://www.math.com/  

http://www.purplemath.com/ 

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/hwmath.html

 

 

TSI Testing Accommodations 

 Services are available upon request from the student and must be supported by documentation supplied by a credentialed or certified person (PhD, MD, diagnostic credential). To request accommodations for TSI testing please visit the disABILITY Support Services (DSS), Moody Learning Center 1st floor or call (210) 486-0020 to schedule an appointment to meet with a dSS Advisor.

 

ESLA/ENGA Program

Students that speak/write English as a second language; need to improve writing, reading, grammar, speaking and listening; have lived in the United States for 5 years or less.

Please visit  Center for English Language Learning @ San Antonio College  for more information or call (210) 486-0965 


 CLEP and AP

Students taking the AP and/or CLEP test will earn equivalent college credit from the Alamo Colleges when attaining the scores indicated and the credit is treated as equal to a grade CR in the corresponding course (but is not included in GPA calculations).

 

AP/CLEP credit not applied to the transcript until the student has successfully completed 6 regular college credits at San Antonio College.  Students may not earn more than 32 hours from any testing equivalency source.  For more information on how the credit is posted, please read the following policies.

CLEP Information and Testing Schedule  

AP information  

Correspondence and Distance Learning Exams

At this time we are not accepting new requests for the proctoring of exams by online students whom are not San Antonio College students. We are presently experiencing a very high demand for our college’s internal testing needs among our students.

Only students whom have made prior arrangements before September 2015 will be able to schedule an appointment for their correspondence exam. New students please contact St. Philip's College (210) 486-2444 or Northeast Lakeview College (210) 486-5401 for Correspondence Exams.

What to do prior to testing:
  • Have your instructor contact Mr. Oscar San Miguel at via email at osan@alamo.edu.
  • Your instructor will need to send all test requirements and test materials.
  • Confirm with your instructor that the test materials and/or test have been sent to the SAC Assessment Center.
  • Confirm with Mr. San Miguel that the materials have been received and schedule an appointment via email osan@alamo.edu
  • Correspondence fee is $20.00 per test, due on the day of exam.
  • A valid Photo ID is required (State ID, Federal ID, Student ID, Passport, etc.)
  • The student's external or correspondence exams will be administered according to the prescribed regulation set by the home institution regarding use of notes, books, calculators, time limit, passwords and items necessary to proctor.
NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED IN THE TESTING LAB.



 

Contact Information

Oscar San Miguel, Associate Director 

Location: Fletcher Administration
Center (FAC 112)


Phone: 210-486-0444
Fax: 210-486-9883

Email: sac-Assessment@alamo.edu

Mailing Address:
San Antonio College
Assessment Center – FAC 112
1819 N Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX.  78212-4299 


General Office Hours

SUMMER 2016 (MAY 30 - JUL 28)
Monday - Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

College Campus Closed:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

August 1-22, 2016   
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday

9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(no testing done on Saturdays)

Please note:  General Office Hours
differ from actual testing hours.
Please refer to the exam schedules
for testing times.