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  • The first step in applying for any college or university is to apply to that college or university. In the State of Texas, they have made it easy with one application that students need to complete through ApplyTexas.org.

    To do this a first create an account, and then they need to answer the required questions in red, as seen below.

    Required ApplyTexas Qs

    Once that is complete, they need to click on the My Applications tab - right next to the My Profile tab that they just completed. There they will select therefore or two year university to apply to. It will ask them what major they would like to major in.

    Four year universities: If it is a four year university, they will be asked questions about there course work and grades, ACT and SAT scores, they will be asked to complete essays, and they will need to pay for the College registration fee.

    Two-year colleges: if it is a two year college, they will be asked put major or certification they would like to complete, and generally they're will not be an application fee. In San Antonio, the local Alamo Colleges are St. Philip's college, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, Northeast Vista College, and Northwest Lakeview College. None of these require an application fee.

     

    What is College Readiness, and What are the College Readiness Exams:

    Being considered College Ready by the State of Texas means a student does not have to take remediation courses in reading and math from a post secondary institution before they can take college courses that earn credit toward their Degree and Major. 

     The ACT Exam: The ACT Exam is considered a TSI exemption. This means if a student scores the ACT Excemption scores below on the ACT, he or she will not have to take the TSI Exam to be considered College Ready by the State of Texas. 

    ACT Excemption Scores:

    Composite score of 23 with a 19 minimum score on both the English and Math sections.

     

    The SAT Exam: The SAT Exam is also considered a TSI exemption. This means if a student scores the SAT Excemption scores below on the SAT, he or she will not have to take the TSI Exam to be considered College Ready by the State of Texas. 

    SAT Excemption Scores:

     Combined score of 1070 on the Math and Verbal sections with a minimum score of 500 in each section.

     

    The TSI exam: The TSI exam is it required by the State of Texas as a College Readiness Exam. Whether a student is entering the Alamo Colleges or if her/his university or college of choice has an entrance ACT or SAT score that does not meet the TSI exemption scores, then the student will be required to take the TSI exam.  She/He will need to pass all areas of the math, reading, and writing sections to be considered College Ready by the State of Texas and by that college or university that she/he will attend.  This will allow her/him to forgo any remediation courses the college or university may require her/him to take because she/he was previously not considered College Ready by the State of Texas.

    For example, if Watts University only requires students to score an 860 on their SAT (Math and Verbal section) Exam or in 18 on their ACT Composite Exam, neither one of those scores are high enough to be consider College Ready by the State of Texas. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the students to take and pass all three areas of the TSI exam (math, reading, and writing) so they will be considered College Ready by the State of Texas. If the students go to Watts University and do not take the TSI exam, Watts University can mandate that they take remediation courses in math and reading. Many times these remediation courses do not count toward college credit and may sometimes not qualify for federal aid. To check this, the students must contact the university's financial aid department once they know for sure that they have to take remediation courses.