Exemptions from THEA and Accuplacer
By Georgetta Stanford
The Texas Success Initiative is a state law designed to make sure that each student taking college level academic coursework is "College Ready". The law covers three specific areas - reading, writing, and math. According to the law, a student may show "College Readiness" by meeting one of the exemptions listed below.
TAKS – Math of 2200 or better and/or English Language Arts of 2200 with a 3 on writing (must meet reading and writing together)
ACT – Must meet 23 composite and math of 19 and/or English of 19 (composite must be met otherwise 19’s don’t matter).
SAT – Must meet 1070 total and math of 500 and/or verbal of 500 (total must be met otherwise 500’s don’t matter)
Tests taken after April 2004 and later, may qualify you for partial exemptions. This means you can be exempt from taking the Math portion or the ELA portion.
If you are NOT exempt, you will be required to take a state approved placement such as the THEA or Accuplacer before you can enroll in college level academic coursework.