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Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors based on the number of semester credit hours accumulated and accepted by the University, whether or not the hours are applicable toward a degree. Semester hours used to determine classification include coursework completed in residence, transferred credit, and credit by examination, extension, and correspondence. A student is a freshman until thirty hours have been accepted, then a sophomore until sixty hours have been accepted, a junior until ninety hours have been accepted, then a senior until graduation. Freshmen and sophomores are referred to as lower-division students, juniors and seniors as upper-division students.
The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college.  The two components of the program are: (1) the TASP Test, to assess basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing, and (2) developmental instruction, to strengthen those academic skills needing improvement.
All nonexempt students entering Texas public colleges and universities are subject to TASP regulations. Nonexempt students who have accumulated nine or more semester hours of college-level credit, including posted credit by examination, from all Texas public colleges attended, must have TASP Test scores on file with the University to be eligible to register. Transfer students must submit official documentation to the TASP Office showing compliance with TASP regulations before registering at the University. Transient students pursuing degrees from private or out-of-state institutions are not required to take the TASP Test.
Students who are blind or deaf are subject to testing if they have not completed at least three semester hours of college-level credit prior to September 1995. Blind students are required to take the TASP Test with appropriate accommodations; deaf students are required to take the Stanford Achievement Test. Information about accommodations for students with disabilities may be found in the TASP Test Registration Bulletin.
Nonexempt students who score less than 230 on the reading or mathematics subtests, or less than 220 on the writing subtest (including omitted subtests and canceled scores) are required to participate in developmental studies instruction until they are able to achieve the state standard on all three subtests. A student who scores below the state standard may not register for upper-division courses that, when completed, would give the student a total of sixty or more semester credit hours, including transfer credit.
Students who qualify for an exemption from TASP requirements are responsible for providing documentation to the University to establish the exemption. A student who meets any of the following criteria is eligible for an exemption.
Students seeking Texas teacher certification are required to pass all three TASP subtests, unless exempt on the basis of item 1, 2, or 3 above.
Registration to take the TASP Test is handled by National Evaluation Systems, Inc. The required form is included in official TASP registration bulletins, available at Texas public colleges and most public high schools. Information and registration materials may be obtained on campus from the TASP Office, Flawn Academic Center, Room 33; the Measurement and Evaluation Center, 2616 Wichita Street; the General Information and Referral Service, Main Building, ground floor; and the Office of the Dean, College of Education, Sanchez Building 216. Further information is available at the TASP Office, (512) 471-8277.
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