What happens if I do not pass all sections?
You must enroll in a developmental course every semester (Fall/Spring/Summer I/Summer II) until you clear all three sections of TSI. Dropping a developmental course may result in a TSI violation. Talk to an advisor before dropping a developmental course.
ENG 1310 (Reading)
ENG 1320 (Writing)
MATH 1300/1334 (Elementary/Intermediate Algebra)
If you do not register in a developmental course, you will be enrolled in a TSI lab (tutorial program) which does not count towards registered hours and carries a fee of $120 for the semester. Failure to fulfill TSI lab requirements will result in a violation.
You may be deemed College Ready either by testing and meeting minimum passing standards or by passing the
appropriate developmental course/TSI lab.
Should I enroll in developmental courses?
If you have not passed TSI requirements to enroll in college level Math and English courses, you need to enroll in course-based or noncourse-based developmental education. These are non-credit bearing courses and are not calculated in your GPA. UTPA Academic Departments use a differentiated placement process (using multiple cognitive and non-cognitive factors) to determine the appropriate placement of individual students into developmental education. Please see the descriptions below for UTPA Developmental Courses.
ENG 1310 - Reading
Helps prepare students for future reading assignments in required courses. Emphasizes techniques for improving reading ability. Must be taken early in a student’s college career. A grade of “RP” is passing.
ENG 1320 - Writing
Reviews basic writing skills. Introduces the written essay and includes the study of sentence structure, language use, spelling, and punctuation. A grade of “RP” is passing.
ENG 0101 - Introduction to College Reading and Writing
Designed to help entering college students in a variety of college contexts that require reading, writing, and inquiry. Also designed to dovetail with student reading and writing responsibilities in their other college courses. Students who missed reading and/or writing placement test cut scores by a small percentage will work with developmental faculty and STUDIO interns to do the following: (1) study their diagnostic and testing information (when available), (2) create reading-response and writing samples, (3) identify strengths and weaknesses in their reading and writing samples, and (4) receive targeted feedback on how to revise their work to demonstrate college readiness in reading and writing.
ENG 0301 - Integrated Reading and Writing
Beginning Spring 2013, UTPA will end the Developmental ENG 1310 and ENG 1320 developmental courses and transition to ENG 0301 and Integrated Reading and Writing course.
MATH 1300 - Elementary Algebra
Introduces basic arithmetical operations of fractions, signed numbers, decimals, percentages, elementary geometry, introduction to algebra, linear equations, etc. A grade of “C” or better is passing. MATH 1334 - Intermediate Algebra.
Includes factors of polynomials, rational expressions, linear equations and graphs, quadratic equations, etc. Is designed to prepare students for college algebra. A grade of “C” or better is passing.
MATI 0290 - Intermediate Algebra
Is an intermediate algebra non-semester length developmental course for students identified as "bubble students" who are near the College Level standards and will likely pass a College Level Math course with additional support. It is the study of the real number system, equations, inequalities and its applications, graphs of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, factoring and its applications, rational expressions and its applications, systems of linear equations and inequalities, roots and radicals, quadratic equations.
Reading: HIST 2313, HIST 2314, POLS 2313, POLS 2314, PSY 1310, any ENG 23xx
Math: MATH 1340 or higher level math
Writing: ENG 1301, ENG 1302
You may not enroll in courses designated as reading, math or writing intensive until you have successfully completed both TSI and departmental developmental education requirements:
Reading: If your Reading THEA score is below 230, Accuplacer score is below 78 (or your combined English and Reading ACT score is below 34) and you have not passed ENG 1310, you may not enroll in the following Reading Intensive courses: ENG 2303 ENG 2305 ENG 2307 HIST 2313 HIST 2314 PSY 1310 POLS 2313 POLS 2314
Math: If your Math THEA score is below 260, Accuplacer score is below 83 , College Level Math (CLM) is below 70 and you have not passed MATH 1334, you may not enroll in the following Math Intensive courses: MATH 1340 or higher level math
Writing: If your Writing THEA score is below 240 and you have not passed ENG 1320, you may not enroll in the following Writing Intensive courses: ENG 1301 ENG 1302
Enrollment in the above courses will be permitted after successfully completing developmental courses in the appropriate areas.
60 Hour Limit
UPPER DIVISION COURSES (3000-4000 LEVEL): Students whose earned and registered hours total 60 or more are not eligible to enroll in upper division courses until clearing all three areas of TSI.
General Test Information
UTPA’s Testing Office is located at the UTPA Haggar Building, Office 1.102, in Edinburg at 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive. Call (956) 665-7570 or (956) 665-7523. For a schedule of available test dates, please visit www.utpa.edu/step and click on Register Here. Online registration and payment are required.
What happens if I have not tested?
Students who are not exempt from TSI testing must test prior to enrolling in college credit coursework. If a student does not test prior to enrolling, he/she will only be allowed to register for 1000 level coursework during the first term. If a student does not test within the first semester, he/she will not be allowed to register for a second term until he/she has tested. A registration hold is placed on the student’s account.
Who Can I Talk to...
If you have questions regarding your TSI status, please contact a TSI Advisors at the University Academic Advisement Center, Southwick Hall 103, (956) 665-7120.