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TSI Exemptions


Exemptions using other tests:

ACT/SAT/TAKS/STAAR EOC Tests-Students who meet the following standards may be exempt from taking the TSI Assessment test if they have valid ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR EOC scores.  It is the student's responsibility to provide official scores to VC to qualify for an exemption prior to enrollment in any college-level courses and prior to expiration of those specific scores.

The minimum exemption standards for these tests are: 

Name of Test  Composite Score  English/Verbal Score  Math Score  Expiration Date from the day the test is taken 
SAT  Combined 1070  500 (Critical Reading Score)  500  5 years 
ACT  Composite 23  19  19  5 years 
TAKS Exit Exam (11th Grade)  N/A  2200 with Writing Sub score of 3  2200  5 years 
STARR EOC  N/A  Level II (2000 on reading and writing) on English III EOC exam  Level II (4000 on Algebra II EOC exam)  5 years 

 

Other Exemptions:

  • Students who transfer to Vernon College from a private institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework may be exempt for portions of the TSI law at Vernon College. The coursework from the private or out of state institution of higher education must have a prerequisite of reading, writing and/or math for the same class at Vernon College.  A student may be partially TSI clear in reading and writing but not clear in math or vice versa.
  • Previously graduated with an Associate or Baccalaureate  degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Enrolling in a certificate program of 1 year or less (less than 42 semester credit hours)
  • Students serving as active duty or active reserves in the US Armed Forces
  • Students honorably discharged from Active Duty in the US Armed Forces after August 1, 1990 (student should provide a copy of a DD214)

Students who are College Readiness Not Clear are mandated to be enrolled in developmental coursework until they have completed their developmental plan. Students will receive their Individual Developmental Plan from the Counseling Office. Students who are College Readiness Not Clear must have their schedules approved by the Vernon College Counseling Office each semester to verify they are following their Individual Developmental Plans and making progress toward completion of the plan.  

The Individual Developmental Plan will be designed on an individual basis to provide the student an appropriate measure to obtain College Readiness Clear status and include:

  • career advising
  • course based and/or non course based developmental education options
  • campus and/or community resources and support services
  • degree plan or plan of study
  • designated point of contact
  • registration information for the next semester
  • differentiated placement
  • a description of the appropriate coursework to ensure college readiness
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