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1 Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment Interpreting Your Score 1

3 DE Diagnostic Test If your score in the TSI Assessment is lower than the college-readiness cut-score, you will be asked to take the DE Diagnostic Test, which determines your areas of strengths and areas that need improvement in mathematics, reading and/or writing. Many students who are not college ready may be provided the DE Diagnostic Test as described below, while others may be given a different version of a diagnostic test to ensure accurate information related to their skill set. The results in the diagnostic test help the adviser place you in the appropriate level of a developmental course. DE Diagnostic Score Report Once you complete the DE Diagnostic Test, you will receive a diagnostic score report. This report outlines the topics on which you were tested, along with the score and the criteria used to determine that score. Proficiency Level and Score What this means to you Needs Improvement Indicates that your performance needs to improve significantly in this area. Limited Proficiency Indicates that while you have some skill in this area there is room for improvement. Proficient Indicates that you have well-developed skills in this area. 3

5 Sample of DE Mathematics Diagnostic Test DE Mathematics Diagnostic Test Domain Needs Improvement Limited Proficiency Proficient Score Elementary Algebra 15 These results suggest that you have the ability to perform operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions using correct order of operations; solve linear equations, inequalities, systems and variation problems; graph linear functions; solve word problems. Intermediate Algebra 1 The results suggest that you have the ability to calculate and interpret the mean, median, mode, and range for a set of real number values; calculate the probability of events; make predictions using probabilities and statistics; analyze charts and graphs; apply counting principles; calculate percentages. Measurement and Geometry 11 The results suggest that you have the ability to identify and analyze geometric shapes to calculate perimeter, area and volume. Analyze multi-step geometric problems using factoring quadratics, use properties of transformations to solve problems, and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Analyze and apply ratios and proportions to solve geometric problems such as similar figures, recognize and apply concepts of measurement conversions. Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability 13 The results suggest that you have the ability to calculate and interpret the mean, median, mode, and range for a set of real number values; calculate the probability of events; make predictions using probabilities and statistics; analyze charts and graphs; apply counting principles; calculate percentages. 5

6 Sample of DE Writing Diagnostic Test DE Writing Diagnostic Test Needs Improvement Limited Proficiency Proficient Score Sentence Structure 11 Your performance on Sentence Structure suggests that you have well-developed skills in this area. You consistently recognize correct grammar and punctuation. You understand how subordinate clauses and coordinating strategies are used to write more complex sentences. You can identify run-on sentences and sentence fragments. You understand how relationships of ideas are constructed in sentences and how parallelism is used. Agreement Your performance on Agreement suggests that you need to improve significantly in this area. You can match the subject and verb in a simple sentence, but you have difficulty if the word order changes or the sentence has a clause. You can rarely match pronouns to nouns (i.e., both singular or plural). You must learn how to use correct verb tense (i.e., past, present, or future); you must learn how to use helping verbs (e.g., be or have). You need to learn what parallelism is and how to use it. Sentence Logic Your performance on Sentence Logic suggests that you need to improve significantly in this area. You can pick out the main subject and verb in a simple sentence, but you may have difficulty with complex sentences that use subordinate clauses. You can recognize simple modifiers, but you often fail to use them correctly. You need to learn what parallel structures are. You also need to learn transitions and how to use them. You need to learn how to show logical relationships among ideas. Essay Revision Your performance on Essay Revision suggests that you need to improve significantly in this area. You have trouble recognizing how paragraph organization supports the communication of ideas. You can identify a main point in a paragraph, but sometimes you do not recognize when some information is unimportant. You must learn how to identify supporting evidence in each paragraph. You must learn about transitions and how to use them. You must work on identifying the best words to convey your ideas. 6

9 What Score Gets Me to a College Course? You are considered college ready if you score a 5 on the essay section. You can also place in a college course if you get a 4 in the essay section and a score ranging from 363 to 390 on the multiple-choice section. If your score does not meet these requirements, you will be placed in a developmental course or intervention. If you are near college ready you may be placed in a college course, while taking a developmental education course/intervention. Contact the adviser at your college or university for more information. Essay Scoring Guide SCORE OF 8 An essay in this category demonstrates clear and consistent mastery of on-demand essay writing with a few minor errors. A typical essay: Effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue; Addresses an appropriate audience and demonstrates a clear purpose for writing in the thesis statement; Demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using effective examples, reasons and other evidence to support its position; Is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas; Exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate and apt vocabulary; Demonstrates varied and effective sentence structure; and Is free of major errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. SCORE OF 7 An essay in this category demonstrates consistent mastery of on-demand essay writing although it may have occasional minor errors. A typical essay: Effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue; Addresses an appropriate audience and demonstrates a clear purpose for writing in the thesis statement; Demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support its position; Is well organized and focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas; Exhibits appropriate language, using a varied and accurate vocabulary; Demonstrates varied sentence structure; and Is practically free of errors in sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation. 9

10 SCORE OF 6 An essay in this category demonstrates reasonably consistent mastery of on-demand essay writing although it may have occasional lapses in quality. A typical essay: Effectively develops a point of view on the issue; Addresses an appropriate audience and demonstrates a clear purpose for writing; Demonstrates strong critical thinking, generally using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support its position; Is well organized and focused, demonstrating coherence and a logical progression of ideas; Exhibits consistent control in the use of language; Demonstrates adequate variety in sentence structure; and Is generally free of errors in sentence structure, grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation. SCORE OF 5 An essay in this category demonstrates adequate mastery of on-demand essay writing although it will have lapses in quality. A typical essay: Develops a viable point of view on the issue; May stray from the audience and purpose but is able to refocus; Demonstrates competent critical thinking, using adequate examples, reasons and other evidence to support its position; Is generally organized and focused but could lack coherence and logical progression of ideas; Exhibits adequate but inconsistent control of language; Demonstrates some variety in sentence structure; and Contains some minor errors in sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation. SCORE OF 4 An essay in this category demonstrates developing mastery of on-demand essay writing. A typical essay: Develops a viable point of view on the issue; May stray from audience and purpose; Demonstrates some critical thinking but may do so inconsistently or use inadequate examples, reasons or other evidence to support its position; May lack control of organization or focus, demonstrating some lapses in coherence or progression of ideas; and Contains some errors in sentence structure and use of grammatical conventions such as word choice, usage, spelling and punctuation. SCORE OF 3 A response in this category demonstrates little mastery of on-demand essay writing; the response is flawed by one or more of the following weaknesses: Presents a vague or limited point of view on the issue; Demonstrates little awareness of audience; Attempts to develop the main idea though that attempt is inadequate; Demonstrates weak critical thinking with little complexity of thought or with flawed reasoning; Provides inappropriate or insufficient examples, reasons or other evidence to support its position; Is poorly organized and/or focused or demonstrates serious problems with coherence or progression of ideas; Displays limited word choice and little sentence variety; and Contains many errors in mechanical conventions of usage, sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation. 10

11 1 SCORE OF A response in this category demonstrates very little mastery of on-demand essay writing; the response is flawed by many or most of the following weaknesses: SCORE OF A response in this category demonstrates no mastery of on-demand essay writing; the response is severely flawed by many or most of the following weaknesses: Presents a vague or limited point of view on the issue; Lacks a viable point of view on the issue; Demonstrates little awareness of audience; Fails to present a main idea; Presents an unclear main idea; Demonstrates flawed reasoning; Demonstrates weak critical thinking with little complexity of thought or with flawed reasoning; Demonstrates no complexity of thought; Demonstrates no awareness of audience; Is disorganized and/or disjointed; Displays fundamental errors in word choice, usage and sentence structure; and Organizes ideas ineffectively, demonstrating a problematic progression of ideas; Contains pervasive spelling, grammar, punctuation and mechanical errors. Displays numerous errors in word choice, usage and sentence structure; and Contains significant spelling, grammar, punctuation and mechanical errors. For additional information on the TSI Assessment, please contact an adviser/counselor at your institution. 014 The College Board. College Board and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. All other products and services may be trademarks of their respective owners. Visit the College Board on the Web: b-9577a

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