Information for Undergraduates

Placement Tests

Placement tests are required of some students before they will be allowed to register for certain courses. The results of these tests are used for placement at appropriate instructional levels in those subjects. When choosing courses for registration, you may need to consider the results of such tests. Check with your academic advisor on eligibility for placement tests. All required tests for course placement are listed in a schedule available from the Measurement and Evaluation Center (MEC) along with several optional tests. For most tests, information that includes a test description, sample questions, and eligibility requirements is available from the MEC home page, or at their office located at 2616 Wichita. Telephone: 512.232.2662.

Freshman English Requirements

English Language testing may be required of some students entering UT. Students may need to take an advanced placement test of English at the Measurement and Evaluation Center (MEC). For more information about this test, inquire at the MEC office at 2616 Wichita. Telephone: 512.232.2662. Please visit the MEC website for more information.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

All undergraduate students entering the University must be evaluated by Texas Success Initiative (TSI). TSI, formerly TASP, is a state-legislated program designed to improve students’ success in college. There are two components of the program: 1) an assessment to diagnose students’ basic skills in reading, mathematics, & writing; and 2) developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.

Students may be exempt from TSI regulations. These exemptions can be found on the TSI web site.

Direct questions to Beauford H. Jester Center (JES) Room A33, (512)232-7146 or make an appointment online.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit

Contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) for information about transfer of credit from your previous university. GIAC can also answer questions about credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Level or ''A'' Level examinations. Contact GIAC by phone at (512) 475-7391 or email their office at intladm@austin.utexas.edu