College Prep

Pass the TSI exam and become college-ready

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

Participants also complete applications for financial aid and explore college and career options with the help of advisors. Current developmental education students are encouraged to apply.

Who can enroll

College Prep students must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. 

In order to register for College Prep classes, students are required to complete the free TABE® placement test before the start date of their class. A member of the College Prep team will help you choose and register for classes that work with your schedule.

Apply online

Complete an application online to schedule an appointment for a College Prep Program enrollment event.

At this enrollment event, you will learn more about the College Prep Program's FREE classes, complete a placement test, and choose a class that works with your goals and schedule.

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Class schedule

See below for locations, dates, and times of College Prep classes.

College Prep Math Level 1 (10 weeks)

Learn basic arithmetic and algebra skills. This class covers mathematics study skills, operations on whole numbers, introduction to fractions, decimals and percentages. This class is for students with a TSI math score of 310-335, ABE diagnostic 1-4.

CAMPUS DAY/TIME ROOM # START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus Friday
1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBD 5/31/19 8/10/19
Riverside Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
TBD 6/1/19 8/10/19
Highland Campus M, W
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 6/3/19 8/7/19
Riverside Campus M, W
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 6/3/19 8/7/19
Northridge Campus T, Th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19
College Prep Math Level 2 (10 weeks)

Learn numeracy and the real number system; algebraic concepts, notation, and reasoning; quantitative relationships; mathmatica models; and problem solving. This class is for students with a TSI math score of 325-349, ABE diagnostic 3 or higher.

CAMPUS DAY/TIME ROOM # START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
TBD 6/1/19 8/10/19
Highland Campus M, W
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 6/3/19 8/7/19
Highland Campus T, Th
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19
Hays Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBD 6/3/19 8/7/19
Riverside Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBD 6/3/19 8/7/19
Northridge Campus T, Th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19
Round Rock Campus T, Th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19
College Prep Integrated Reading & Writing Level 1 (10 weeks)

This course is designed to develop basic reading and writing skills. Content includes how to organize a college essay, how to read college-level text using critical thinking skills, building vocabulary and literacy skills, and increasing reading comprehension. This class is heavily focused on reading. This class is for students with a TSI reading/writing score of 310-329, ABE diagnostic 2- 4.

CAMPUS DAY/TIME ROOM # START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus Friday
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 5/31/19 8/9/19
Highland Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
TBD 6/1/19 8/10/19
College Prep Integrated Reading & Writing Level 2 (10 weeks)

This course is designed to strengthen reading and writing skills required in a college class. Content includes how to write a college essay, how to read college-level text, using critical thinking skills. This class is heavily focused on reading and writing at the college level. This class is for students with a TSI reading/writing score of 330 and above, ABE diagnostic of 3 or higher

CAMPUS DAY/TIME ROOM # START DATE END DATE
Highland Business Center T, Th
10:00am - 1:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19
Eastview Campus T, Th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBD 6/4/19 8/8/19

 


 

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.