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- Math Placement Exam Requirements
- Foreign Language Placement Exam
- Texas Success Initiative
- Credit By Exam Testing
- Testing Accommodations
Math Placement Exam
What is the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
The Math Placement Exam is a 90 minute, multiple-choice examination used to assess a student’s math skills. This is an important tool to help your advisor determine which mathematics course you should take. There are two MPE exams and students will be directed to the correct exam based upon their major.
Requirements for Freshman Students:
All Freshmen are required to take the MPE. Students enrolling in the College of Engineering and the College of Science (excluding Biology majors) will take the MPE on Day 2 of their NSC. Students in these two colleges may take 2 practice exams prior to their NSC and are encouraged to do so.
All other students should take the MPE online at least 24 hours before attending their NSC. Students will be able to see their MPE scores under the ‘My Test Scores’ in AIS and will want to make sure the MPE scores are posted prior to coming to an NSC.
Information regarding the testing requirements and process are online at math.tamu.edu/placement.
Who is required to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam?
Students who intend to enroll for the first time in a college foreign language course, who have previous knowledge of the language, however acquired, and who have no college credit in the language MUST take a placement test to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The foreign language placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. Second language learners who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test, the College Board Achievement test, the International Baccalaureate test (IB) or the SAT II Subject Test in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required foreign language placement tests, as the results of these tests may be used for placement, but it is highly recommended. Heritage language learners must always take the placement test, regardless of their scores on high school tests, because these tests sometimes are not a good reflection of the language abilities of those students.
All tests are administered on the Pre-Conference Day (August NSC Attendees see details below) of the New Student Conference along with credit by examination tests. The test will also be offered at various times during the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not take the placement test on the Pre-Conference Day will not be able to register for a foreign language course during their first semester. (Please note: Seats in language courses are limited; taking the Language Placement Exam does not guarantee the ability to register for a language course during your first semester.)
The Spanish Language Placement Test is administered by Hispanic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $30.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. Click here to register for this test. For additional information regarding the test visit the Hispanic Studies website or call (979) 845-2125.
August NSC Attendees – Language Placement Exams are not offered on the pre-conference day. The first opportunity you have to take the exam is Date TBD. Once you complete the exam you will be eligible to enroll in a foreign language course during add/drop the first week of classes (deadline is Date TBD). Otherwise you will need to take the placement exam during the fall semester and begin coursework in the spring.
All other Language Placement Tests are administered by International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $30.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 845-5144. Click here to register for this test.
August NSC Attendees – Language Placement Exams are not offered on the pre-conference day. All other language placement tests can be taken Date TBD. If you complete the test PRIOR to your NSC, you will be eligible to enroll in a foreign language during registration on Day 2 of your NSC. If you complete the test AFTER your NSC, you will be eligible to enroll in a foreign language course during add/drop the first week of classes. If you have any issues scheduling your language placement test on the days listed, please contact the Internaltional Studies Department (979-845-5144 or email@example.com).
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a requirement by the state of Texas that all students enrolled at public institutions of higher education demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. To do so, students must either meet the TSI Exemption criteria or pass the TSI Assessment.
You can check to see if you have fulfilled the TSI requirements online using these steps:
- Go to applicant.tamu.edu and log in.
- Find the “Tasks to Complete Prior to Enrollment” checklist.
- Find “Fulfill the Texas Success Initiative requirements.”
If a red X is present, you will be blocked from registering for classes during the NSC, so it is critical that students satisfy this requirement two weeks prior to their scheduled NSC date. Note that TSI information is not updated until at least 48 hours AFTER you register for your NSC.
You can check to see if you have fulfilled the TSI requirements online through the Applicant Information System (please wait at least 2 days after you accept your offer of admission by registering for your New Student Conference before you check). After logging in, look for the “Tasks to Complete Prior to Enrollment” checklist, then “Fulfill the Texas Success Initiative requirements”. If a red X is present, further action is required. Non-compliant students will be blocked from registering for all classes during the New Student Conference, so it is critical that students satisfy this requirement two weeks prior to their scheduled NSC date.
Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment Test. A list of possible exemptions can be found at: http://successcenter.tamu.edu/Texas-Success-Initiative/TSI-Exemptions. If you believe you are exempt but a red X is present in your AIS Checklist, further documentation is needed to verify your exemption. Please contact the Academic Success Center at (979) 845-2724.
All students who are not exempt must first complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then take the TSI Assessment test. Non-exempt students will be blocked from registering for all classes during the New Student Conference until the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity has been completed, the TSI Assessment test has been taken and scores are on file at Texas A&M University.
The mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (including the practice test) can be found online at either the “Applicant” or “My Record” tab in the Howdy Portal under the heading “Texas Success Initiative.” The TSI Assessment test must be taken at a testing center. Testing centers are located at most community colleges, public four year universities and even some high schools. To find a testing center in your local area, a Google search for “TSI near me” will generally yield helpful results. Once testing is complete, scores must be sent to the Academic Success Center at Texas A&M University by fax (979-845-6419) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Testing is also available at Texas A&M University for students who have not met the Texas Success Initiative requirement. It will be administered by Data and Research Services, at 1101 General Services Complex, corner of F&B and Agronomy roads. Students need to register for the test prior to the test date at 1101 General Services Complex, corner of F&B and Agronomy roads or by contacting Testing Services at (979) 845-0532. For more information, please visit http://testing.tamu.edu/. There is not sufficient time during the mandatory New Student Conference to complete the TSI Assessment Test. If you are planning to test at Texas A&M, you must make plans to attend the optional Pre-Conference Day, held on the day prior to your NSC Day 1.
If you have further questions concerning the Texas Success Initiative, please contact the Academic Success Center at (979) 845-2724 or visit the website at http://successcenter.tamu.edu/Programs/Texas-Success-Initiative/.
Credit By Exam Testing is available on testing days throughout the year. To schedule additional examinations or for additional information:
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4239
(979) 845-0532 fax (979) 862-1957
If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete any of the NSC placement exams or Texas Success Initiative requirements, please contact Disability Services to discuss your needs. Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow students with documented disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
In order to coordinate testing accommodations for any of the tests offered through New Student Conferences, students must submit documentation of their disability at least two weeks prior to the scheduled testing date for review.
Please contact the Disability Services office at (979) 845-1637 or visit disability.tamu.edu for more information.