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Since 1989, most students who enroll in a public college or university in Texas have been required to assess their skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Currently, state law requires students to test on the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA).

The TSIA fulfills state requirements and evaluates students' abilities in reading, writing and math. The scores from each section place students into the appropriate coursework. If developmental courses are indicated, students complete the course(s) with a grade of "C" or higher before progressing. Developmental course numbers at Odessa College begin with a "0." They do carry credit, although that credit does not transfer nor fulfill graduation requirements. Developmental courses are designed to strengthen a student's skills in foundation area.

The TSIA is offered Monday through Friday at the Odessa College Testing Center, LRC 209. Begin the test anytime between 8 am and 12:30 Monday through Thursday and by 8:30 am on Friday during the Fall or Spring semesters. Testing is also available between 8 am and 12:30 Monday through Thursday during the summer. Testing fee is $29 for the initial test, $10 per section for retesting. Examinees must present photo ID and social security cards to test.

For information about the Texas Success Initiative and how it applies to you, contact us at 432-335-6433.

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