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Improve TSI Scores 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. Note: Students are required to have a recent TSI score on file (within the last 12 months).

At the enrollment event, students will meet with a College Prep coordinator and learn about:

  • Review their previously taken TSI scores to place into Math and/or INRW class
  • Complete required paperwork for registration
  • Select classes that work with their schedule
  • Discuss the free CASAS placement test which is required before registration is complete.

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.

Spring Class schedule

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

College Prep Math Level 1 (11 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 START DATE END DATE
Riverside Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
02/22/20 05/09/20
Highland Campus M, W
10:00am - 1:00pm
02/24/20 05/13/20
Round Rock Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
02/24/20 05/13/20
Cypress Creek Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cancelled Cancelled
Highland Campus M, W
6:00pm-9:00pm
02/24/20 05/13/20
Highland Campus T, Th
10:00am-1:00pm
02/25/20 05/14/20
Northridge Campus T, Th
6:00pm-9:00pm
02/25/20 05/14/20
Highland Campus Friday
1:00pm-5:00pm
02/28/20 05/15/20
College Prep Math Level 2 (12 weeks) (Registration closes 2/4/2020)

Learn numeracy and the real number system; algebraic concepts, notation, and reasoning; quantitative relationships; mathematical 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 START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
02/08/20 05/02/20
Cypress Creek Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Cancelled Cancelled
Highland Campus M, W
10:00am - 1:00pm
02/10/20 05/06/20
Round Rock Campus M, W
6pm - 9pm
02/10/20 05/06/20
Riverside Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
02/10/20 05/06/20
Highland Campus T, Th
9:00am - 12:00pm
02/11/20 05/07/20
Highland Campus T, Th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
02/11/20 05/07/20
Highland Campus T, Th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
02/11/20 05/07/20
Highland Campus Wednesday
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday
1:00pm-4:00pm
02/12/20 05/02/20
College Prep Integrated Reading & Writing Level 1 (12 weeks) (Registration closes 2/4/2020)

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 START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
02/08/20 05/02/20
Cypress Creek Campus Friday
9:00am - 1:00pm
Cancelled Cancelled
Highland Campus Friday
1:00pm-5:00pm
Cancelled Cancelled
College Prep Integrated Reading & Writing Level 2 (12 weeks) (Registration closes 2/4/2020)

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 START DATE END DATE
Highland Campus M, W
9:00am-12:00pm
02/10/20 12/05/19
Riverside Campus M, W
6:00pm - 9:00pm
02/10/20 05/06/20
Highland Campus M, W
9:00am-12:00pm
02/10/20 05/06/20
Highland Campus T, Th
6:00pm-9:00pm
Cancelled Cancelled

Students are required to have a recent TSI score on file (within the last 12 months).

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost for College Prep classes?
The classes and textbooks are FREE.  

What are the attendance requirements?
Students are required to attend 85% of the time to remain enrolled in the program

Can College Prep classes be taken while a student is on academic suspension, probation, or warning?
Yes; College Prep classes can help a student develop their academic skills while working toward improving their academic status.

Will students in College Prep classes receive a grade that impacts their GPA?
The College Prep grade will not impact the GPA. The program is designed to help students improve their academic skills and become ‘college ready’.

Can students enroll in College Prep classes while taking ACC credit classes?
Yes; students are encouraged to continue their degree plan in content areas where they are TSI complete.

Can students participate in College Prep classes if they are already TSI complete in that subject area?
It depends. We ask that you speak directly with a College Prep Program coordinator to discuss the specific situation.  

What is the average age of the students? Is there a minimum age requirement?
Participants have ranged from 19 to 70 years old (any student preparing for credit classes is eligible). Students under 19 must provide additional documentation.

Are advisors available to assist with registration into credit classes?  
Yes, Adult Education Advising specialists provide complete advising services to students for transition into college credit classes including degree planning and Financial Aid Application Assistance.