CHS College and Career Counseling Corner
Tests Required for Higher Education
Texas Success Initiative Assessment
Cotulla High School offers the TSIA. Please contact Marlene Costley-Maldonado, CHS Counselor/Accuplacer Coordinator, at 830-879-2374, ext 2020.
Test date: TBA
Test time: 8:00 am and 12:10 pm
Location: Learning Center Computer Lab
Register with Mrs. Maldonado. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office!
Please click below to access the
TSIA Pre-Assessment Link.
What Is the TSI Assessment?
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.
Which students must take the TSI Assessment?
Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry- level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in the entry-level college courses. In certain cases exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area such as reading but not in another area like mathematics or writing. You may be exempt if you meet one or more of the following:
Texas Success Initiative Assessment Passing Scores
Placement score of less than 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and essay score of 5
Success Initiative Exemptions
If you think you may be exempt, please contact an advisor at your college. For a complete list of TSI exemptions, visit www.thecb.state.tx.us/TSI.
Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity
Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. The college or university where you take your test is required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation. It is a requirement that you complete this activity before you take the test. The activity varies by institution but must include at least the following:
What happens if you do not pass one or all parts of the TSI Assessment?
If you do not pass one or all parts (reading, writing and math) of the TSI Assessment, you may be required to enroll in developmental education coursework or accelerated intervention before you can enroll in a college credit course for the subject in which you did not pass. In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time. The TSI Assessment is an on-demand test, and you may retake it at any time to determine your college readiness. Remember, developmental education courses and interventions often cost the same as a college-level course but do not count towards a certificate or degree program and do not transfer. It is best to avoid developmental education all together by becoming college ready in high school or before enrolling in at a college or university.
ACT with Writing
The next ACT with Writing will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium.
The registration deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019.
Juniors and Seniors who receive a free or reduced lunch plan are eligible for up to 2 fee waivers. All Juniors and Seniors who need to register for the ACT can visit the Counseling Center.
Visit the following website to access information about the ACT with Writing.
SAT with Essay
The next SAT with Essay will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium.
Please be sure to bring your SAT ticket, Photo ID, and a sweater or jacket as the Cafetorium may be cool.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Maldonado in the Counseling Center.
Register for the December 7, 2019 SAT with Essay at Cotulla High School by Friday, November 8, 2019.
Visit the following website to access more information about the SAT with Essay:
The ASVAB will be held on Thursday, Janauary 23, 2020 for all CHS Juniors.
Information about the ASVAB can be found at:
Cotulla High School offers dual-credit courses. Students take courses at the Learning Center.
Below is a listing of some individual scholarships that you can research and apply for. Most of these scholarships have deadlines or time frames of when you can apply, so make sure that you have plenty of time to submit the application and/or requirements.
NEW! Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award | January 7
NEW! Ron Brown Scholar Program | January 9
NEW! SimpleTexting Scholarship | January 11
NEW! Diversity Advancement Scholarship | January 16
NEW! Profile in Courage Essay Contest | January 18
NEW! C-SPAN’s Student Documentary Competition | January 20
NEW! Coolidge Scholarship | January 23
NEW! 40th Anniversary Fiesta Medal Design Contest|February 1
NEW! Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship | February 6
NEW! Live Mas Scholarship |February 21
NEW! The Alamo College Foundation Scholarship|March 31
NEW! Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship|March 31
Please the control button over the scholarship name for the link
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Good luck to all of the STAAR Retesters!
Remember to do your best. You must pass your STAAR EOC exams in order to graduate.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
Students are classified and promoted each year based on the number of credits.
Freshmen 0 - 6.5 credits
Sophomores 7 - 13.5 credits
Juniors 14 - 20.5 credits
Seniors 21+ credits