Simply put, the TSI is a way to make sure you get what you need to be successful. Students enter college with different academic strengths. So we evaluate your skill levels so we can provide the appropriate course program, as well any needed academic support.
All incoming students, unless exempt, are assessed for college readiness in reading, writing and mathematics. You can demonstrate this readiness different ways – a passing score on an assessment test, completion of a developmental course sequence, or showing that you’ve previously completed a college-level course that meets a subject’s skill requirement.
The primary test we use at San Jac is called the COMPASS. In some instances we use the ASSET. Other approved TSI tests are the THEA and ACCUPLACER. If your scores show that you’re ready for college, you’re in. If not, you’ll just need to take some developmental courses, which we offer right here at sanjac.
If your test scores require you to take developmental courses, the first step is to meet with a San Jac academic advisor. Your advisor will determine which courses you need to take and help you with anything you need to succeed through options such as tutoring and retesting.
Withdrawing from Developmental Courses
Student Initiated Withdrawal
If you’re enrolled in multiple developmental study areas you may withdraw from all but one of them without prior approval. If you’re enrolled in only one area you may withdraw for one semester if there are exceptional circumstances. You’ll need to meet with your advisor to get approval.
Faculty Initiated Withdrawal
If you’re enrolled in developmental courses, we can’t stress enough how important it is to attend regularly and participate. Our instructors may withdraw students who are frequently absent or unengaged. If this happens and you decide you’re ready to try again, you get one more shot at it the next semester.
You may retake the COMPASS once each semester at no additional cost any time during the retesting dates below, as long as you get a referral from your advisor. You may retake the THEA at your own expense at any time. Your advisor can give you more information on this option.
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