Advising FAQ’s

  1. What are the Advising Center’s hours of operation?
  2. I have never attended college. How do I get started?
  3. Is a high school diploma or GED required to attend Texarkana College?
  4. What is the Texas Success Initiative, TSI?
  5. Which assessment tests are required for TSI?
  6. Do I have to take an assessment test to attend credit courses at Texarkana College?
  7. How long is the assessment process?
  8. Is there a fee for the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or Quick THEA?
  9. Is there a re-test fee for the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or Quick THEA?
  10. What is “Quick” THEA? What is the difference between THEA and “Quick” THEA?
  11. Is there a study guide for the THEA test?
  12. Do I need to re-test after I finish taking developmental reading, writing or math?
  13. What is pre-advisement?
  14. What is the difference between an associate degree and a certificate?
  15. What can I do with the various certificates and associate degrees offered at Texarkana College?
  16. How do I plan my schedule for a semester?
  17. How do I receive credit for courses completed at other colleges?
  18. What happens if I repeat a course?
  19. What are the steps to transfer to a university, and when do I need to start them?
  20. How can I find out what courses at Texarkana College transfer to a Texas four-year college or university?
  21. Are you planning to transfer to a state four-year college or university?
  22. What is the Core Curriculum?
  23. If I don’t know what university to transfer to and I don’t know what I want to major in, what courses should I take?

 


 

  1. What are the Advising Center’s hours of operation?
Fall and Spring semesters: Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-4pm
Summer hours vary.
  1. I have never attended college. How do I get started?
Prior to the beginning of each term a student who has completed the application process may register for courses for the coming semester.
    1. After submitting your application for admission online, you will receive a letter of confirmation.
    2. Meet with an advisor for first-time-in-college students.
    3. Complete appropriate assessment testing.
    4. Come to theAdvising Office. High school transcripts and ACT, SAT, THEA, TASP scores, if available, should be brought to the advisement session to assist in placement. Assessment tests must be completed prior to advisement.
    5. Complete registration.
    6. Pay tuition by required date
Your mandatory advisement session will help you:
► Develop an educational plan related to your career goals, current commitments and basic skill level;
► Determine what courses to take to meet your educational goals;
► Plan your course schedule;
► Learn how to complete the registration process; and

► Know where to go if you need help.

SPECIAL NOTES TO STUDENTS:
  • You must pay by the required date or your enrollment in courses may be purged from the registration records.
  • First-time-in-college students cannot register online.
  • Register early!
  1. Is a high school diploma or GED required to attend Texarkana College?
Texarkana College has an “open door” admissions policy. A GED or high school diploma is required.
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  1. What is the Texas Success Initiative, TSI?The Texas Success Initiative, TSI, is an assessment testing program. Texas state law requires that all entering students be tested in reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in college-level courses in any Texas public college or university. TSI replaces the former TASP program.
Assessment testing is used to determine whether or not students will need extra help (such as developmental reading, writing or math courses) before they enroll in higher level courses.
  1. Which assessment tests are required for TSI?
The following assessment tests are currently acceptable: ACCUPLACER, TAAS/TAKS, TASP/THEA, ACT, SAT, Compass or Asset. In order to be considered valid TAAS/TAKS scores must be within three years of the testing date and ACT and SAT scores must be within five years of the testing date.
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  1. Do I have to take an assessment test to attend credit courses at Texarkana College?
If you are pursuing an associate degree or higher, you are required by Texas state law to have appropriate assessment test scores. Scores generated by TAAS/TAKS, TASP/THEA, ACT, SAT, Compass, Maps, Asset or ACCUPLACER are acceptable. These tests evaluate a student’s reading, writing and math abilities. Scores must be on file before registration can be completed. Texarkana College uses ACCUPLACER (a computerized assessment test) and THEA (a pencil and paper based assessment test) to assist in the advisor’s evaluation of the student’s skills.
  1. How long is the assessment process?
Texarkana College’s complete ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, and THEA assessment is comprised of math, reading, sentence structure and a writing sample. On average, the ACCUPLACER test is taken in approximately
2 ½ hours and must be completed in one sitting. If THEA is taken, a maximum of five hours is allowed to complete the test.
You must have TSI assessment scores on file before you can enroll in college-level courses. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from TSI requirements.
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  1. Is there a fee for the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS and Quick THEA?
The cost for the Quick THEA is $29. The ACCUPLACER and COMPASS fee is $29 for all parts or $10 per part. It is highly recommended that you take all portions of the test at one sitting.
  1. Is there a re-test fee for the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or THEA?
If you any reason you need to re-test in one or more areas, you will need to pay a fee of $29 for the Quick THEA or $10 per part for the ACCUPLACER or COMPASS.
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  1. What is “Quick” THEA? What is the difference between THEA and “Quick” THEA?
Quick THEA allows for a “quick”, hassle-free registration. Quick THEA is the official THEA test given on days and times convenient for both individual schools and their students. A $29 fee is paid the day of the test. Test results are normally available within two weeks.
  1. Is there a study guide for the THEA test?
Yes, various THEA study guides are available at most bookstores, including Texarkana College’s bookstore. A practice test is also available through the THEA website, www.thea.nesinc.com.
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  1. Do I need to re-test after I finish taking developmental reading, writing or math?
You are not required to re-test after successfully completing the highest level of the developmental reading, writing or math courses.
  1. What is pre-advisement?
Pre-advisement gives the student the opportunity to avoid long lines during heavy registration, by taking time to speak with an advisor about courses, degree plans and transferring. Be ready to fill out your registration form, with course information, so that your registration goes smoothly. No appointment is necessary; drop-in students are always welcome.
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  1. What is the difference between an associate degree and a certificate?
As associate degree requires 60 or more college credit hours and generally takes two or more years to complete. Certificates require 15 to 50 college credit hours and could be classified as short-term training to obtain a specific marketable job skill.
  1. What can I do with the various certificates and associate degrees offered at Texarkana College?
Our degrees are designed to enable graduates to enter an occupation with a marketable skill. Please access our Texarkana College Catalog online for more specific information concerning particular degrees. If you are planning to transfer to a university, contact an academic advisor to discuss transferability of these courses.
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  1. How do I plan my schedule for a semester?
Time management is essential when building your schedule. Plan at least three to four hours of study time per week for each hour of course work. If you register for a three-hour credit class, plan nine to 12 hours of study time per week. Also, different course combinations may require a greater amount of study time. English, accounting, economics, lab science, and math courses are considered “homework intensive”. Study time for these types of courses could double. If you need help in planning your schedule, speak to an advisor.
  1. How do I receive credit for courses completed at other colleges?
If you wish to apply credit from previous college-level course work toward an associate degree, you must complete a “Degree Evaluation Request” form from the Admissions Office. Official transcripts from each institution you have attended must be on file in Admissions for your request to be processed. A degree plan will be mailed to you after the evaluation is completed.
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  1. What happens if I repeat a course?
You may choose to repeat a course to improve your grade point average, GPA, at Texarkana College. Your GPA will reflect the highest grade earned.
Effective for the fall semester 2005, Texarkana College charges a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course.
  1. What are the steps to transfer to a university, and when do I need to start them?
Start planning as soon as possible. Gather information from all the schools to which you may transfer. Your research should include degree plans, course requirements, application deadlines, scholarships and any other materials required to complete the transfer process. Contact the university and request a catalog and an application. Make an appointment to speak with an advisor at each school under consideration.
To ensure you are enrolling in courses that will apply toward a bachelor’s degree, please meet with an advisor to discuss unique transfer situations.
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  1. How can I find out what courses at Texarkana College transfer to a Texas four-year college or university?
Most universities and colleges in Texas will have a cross-reference page in their catalog that utilizes TCCNS. This listing will indicate their course number and Texarkana College’s equivalent course number. In addition, you can obtain “transfer guides” from Texarkana College. These sources list the transferable courses for many majors offered at various universities and colleges in Texas. If your university or college is out of state, you will need to contact the school directly to ensure transferability of credit hours.
  1. Are you planning to transfer to a state four-year college or university?
Students should be aware that there are limits on the number of lower-division freshman and sophomore courses that Texas public colleges and universities will accept in transfer. In many cases, the maximum number of college-level courses accepted in transfer toward a bachelor’s degree is 60, although some universities may accept slightly more in special cases.
Consider taking the Core Curriculum. To ensure that you are enrolling in courses that will apply toward a bachelor’s degree, please meet with an advisor to discuss unique transfer situations.
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  1. What is the Core Curriculum?
Every Texas public college and university is required by Texas to have a Core Curriculum that, if completed at one institution, should transfer and take the place of the core at the receiving institution. Therefore, if your plans include transferring to a Texas public university, it is to your distinct advantage to complete the core at this college since the core should transfer as a block of credit to the receiving university.
  1. If I don’t know what university to transfer to and I don’t know what I want to major in, what courses should I take?
Many students have not chosen a major upon entering college. It is advisable to begin taking Core Curriculum courses (ie., English, history, math, etc.) plus developmental courses if needed. The completed Core Curriculum is transferable to all Texas public  universities and colleges. Enrollment in these courses also affords the student opportunities to discover areas of possible interest.
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