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The college and district offices will be closed the following days:

Division Meeting - May 20, 2016 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

(May 20th walk in times will be 8:30 am - 9:30 am and all sessions will be closed by 10:30 am, testing will resume on Monday, May 23rd at 8:30 am)

 Employee Development - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Independence Day - Monday, July 4, 2016

 

 

 

 Welcome to the San Antonio College Assessment Center webpage!

EFFECTIVE August, 26, 2013:  All prior test scores will no longer be valid for students NOT enrolled for the Fall 2013 term.  

The Assessment Center provides testing services that meet the various needs of the student population. Services include test administration of the TSI Exam for college placement and for Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, CLEP (credit by examination), GED Exam and external (non-Alamo Colleges) correspondence testing.   

 

 NOTICE

Effective  Sept . 9, 2015

Before students are allowed to test on the TSI placement exam, student’s transcript will need to have been submitted to SAC’s  Admission and Records office and processed.

H.S. transcript for First Time in College Student.
College transcript for College Transfer students.

Current requirements of students having been issued a banner #, and completion of the GoFaar module  and the test prep module ( if needed ) will remain in place. 

 

TSI EXAM

The TSI Exam is a computerized placement test that is the state of Texas approved instrument for assessing a student's readiness to enroll in an entry-level freshman course.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized the need for students to meet necessary skills in Reading, English, and Math to attain college success. Results of the TSI Exam test helps academic advisors identify students’ academic strengths as well as areas where a student might need more development to succeed in college. It is very important that students do their best in order to have an accurate measure of their academic skills, thereby placing them in the right courses.  

First time in College students, for the TSI Exam you must perform the following:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at  www.applytexas.org.  Applications can take 3-5 business days for processing.
  2. Confirm that your application has been processed through the Alamo Colleges online portal ACES.
  3. Submit official high school transcripts for evaluation of previous test scores (ex. TAKS, SAT, and/or ACT) for possible TSI and placement exemptions.
  4. Complete the required MyMaps Alamo Enroll modules online via ACES.
  5. Obtain your Student ID number also known as a Banner ID. You will need your Banner ID to make an appointment to take the TSI Exam. What is my Banner ID?  

Transfer students, for the TSI Exam you must perform the following:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at www.applytexas.org.  Applications can take 3-5 business days for processing.
  2. Confirm that your application has been processed through the Alamo Colleges online portal ACES.
  3. Submit official transcripts from your previous college(s) for evaluation of test scores and/or completed courses for possible TSI and placement exemptions.
  4. Complete the required MyMaps Alamo Enroll modules online via ACES.
  5. Obtain your Student ID number also known as a Banner ID. You will need your Banner ID to make an appointment to take the TSI Exam. What is my Banner ID? 

A picture ID is required of all testers.... NO EXCEPTIONS.

The TSI Exam is administered on a space available basis.  No appointment is required but students must come during the testing hours.  We do not offer the TSI Exam for other institutions, SAC and Alamo Colleges students only. 

For our Testing hours and practice tests, please visit the Assessment Center Testing hours link.

Testing fees:

Full TSI Exam = $32.00 

Each part = $12.00  

Assessment Retest Policy

UPDATED: Students are allowed to retest on the next available test date.  This includes retesting all parts, one or multiple parts.   

For all second or subsequent retests, we recommend the student retest after 2 weeks or after they have attended a formal college test prep intervention program (e.g. PASS) to improve their current test scores.

This policy applies to the TSI Exam only.

 

 

ESLA/ENGA Students and the TSI

 

(ESLA= English as a Second Language for Academics)

(ENGA= English for Academic Purposes)

 

ESLA/ENGA

students:  speak/write English as a second language;
                  need to improve writing, reading, grammar, speaking and listening
                  often have lived in the United States for 5 years or less

            1. Go to the Center for English Language Learning @ San Antonio College (Department of Language, Philosophy and Culture):
                  OC #119,
M-F, 8:00-5:00.

            2.  Take the Michigan English Placement Test.

            3.  Receive your placement level.

Placement Level

             ESLA Levels 1-3 =    Register for ESLA classes

             ESLA Level 4 and *ENGA (All students must take the TSI before completing level 4        
              and before registering for ENGA classes):  

              1. Complete AlamoEnroll; 
              2. Take TSI Exam 
              3. Register for ESLA Level 4  or  ENGA

For information about credit ESLA or non-credit ESL courses, please call (210) 486-0965.


CLEP Testing

CLEP exams are computer-based tests that provide an opportunity for students to obtain college credit courses in areas that they may have attained college-level proficiency. This is a 90-minute test and after completion, students have the option of submitting or not submitting their CLEP scores to be posted in their college transcript. This exam is available to San Antonio College students and members of the surrounding community.

For more information and to schedule your appointment, please visit our CLEP website.

Office Hours

 

Regular Office Hours

 Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday:        8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday:                              8:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Friday:                                  10:00 am - 5:00 pm   

Saturday:                               9:00 am - 1:00 pm (First Saturday of the month only, for General information only, no testing)

Sunday:                                     Closed                        

For our Testing hours and practice tests, please click on the Assessment Center Testing hours link.

  

 

 

Contact Information

 Oscar San Miguel, Associate Director 

Location: Fletcher Administration
Center (FAC 112)


Phone: 210-486-0444
Fax: 210-486-9883

Email: sac-Assessment@alamo.edu

Mailing Address:
San Antonio College
Assessment Center – FAC 112
1819 N Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX.  78212-4299