College Prep Program

Pass the TSI exam and become college ready

What is ACC College Prep?

ACC’s College Prep Program is a free 10- to 12-week program that helps students strengthen their academic skills and prepare for the TSI college readiness assessment.

Who can enroll

Students who are at least 16 years old and have their high school diploma or high school equivalency credential can enroll in the College Prep Program. Current and former developmental education students are encouraged to apply.

Build skills and confidence

ACC’s College Prep Program can help you:

  • Prepare for college-level reading, writing, and math. Class sections that focus on a single subject also are available.
  • Learn proven study strategies to help you pass the TSI exam.
  • Complete applications for ACC admission and financial aid.
  • Understand your college and career options with the help of advisors and counselors.

Program requirements

College Prep students must commit to attending courses two to four days per week (Monday ─ Thursday). They must maintain an 85 percent attendance rate for all program activities.

Frequently asked questions

How much does the College Prep Program cost?

College Prep classes, textbooks, and workshops are free as long as students attend program activities at least 85 percent of the time.

Where and when do classes meet? Are they at all ACC campuses?

Classes typically meet for 10 to 12 weeks each semester at the Cypress Creek, Eastview, Highland, and South Austin campuses and at Highland Business Center. Check the schedule on the right for class times and locations. Classes at other ACC locations may be added in the future.

Can students get tutoring and study skills?

Students can get free tutoring at Eastview and Highland campus Learning Labs. Students also can build their “college knowledge” in workshops on study skills, note-taking, time management, and balancing work, school, friends, and family life.

Is there an age requirement? What is the average age of the students?

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate. Participants have ranged from 18 to 70 years old.

I don't really need help in all three subjects. Can I just focus on the one or two subjects that I need?

Yes! We have class options for different needs. See class choices at right, or call 512-223-7446 if you have questions.

Can you help me register to make sure I take the courses required for my degree?

Yes. Students receive one-on-one advising from Adult Education advisors.

What are some former College Prep students doing now?

College Prep students are pursuing a variety of degrees and careers such as history, psychology, medicine, nursing, fashion merchandising, green technology, electrical engineering, education, culinary arts, and many others.