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Reading

Many students who do not pass the reading portion of the TSI Assessment are required to take UGS 309 “Analytical Reading and Writing” during their first semester at UT.

UGS 309: Analytical Reading and Writing
The purpose of this course is to improve strategic reading and writing skills. In addition to information and practice on academic reading, the course includes activities to promote critical thinking. Students engage in a variety of tasks such as discipline specific readings, reflective writing, and group assignments. This is a college-level course and students receive letter grades on a scale from A to F. A student must earn a grade of C- or higher in UGS 309 to complete their TSI requirement. As part of every students developmental plan, students who complete UGS 309 are required to take RHE 306, SY 301, GOV 310L, or HIS 315K the semester after they successfully complete UGS 309.

Restricted Courses

Students may not enroll in PSY 301 “Introduction to Psychology”; GOV 310L “American Government”; HIS 315 K or L “United States History”; HIS 317 and HIS 365; or E 316K “Masterworks of Literature” until they have passed UGS 309 with a grade of C- or higher or otherwise completed their TSI requirements in reading by providing exempting test scores or other documentation.

Math

Many students who do not pass the math portion of the TSI Assessment are required to take DEV 303M “Basic math/Algebra Skills Review.” Students must earn a passing grade to complete the TSI math requirement.

DEV 303M: Basic Math and Algebra Skills Review
This course provides a review of topics needed to succeed in a variety of college-level mathematics courses. Course topics include operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, ratio and proportions and percent as well as topics in algebra such as variables, linear graphs, solving word problems, exponents, and polynomials. The course is designed to offer differentiated learning opportunities based on students’ future trajectories in mathematics. As part of every student’s developmental plan, students who complete DEV 303M are required to take M302, SDS 302, AFR 302 OR any core math course the semester after they successfully complete DEV 303M.

Restricted Courses

Due to the sequential nature of mathematics, students may not enroll in any college-level math course until they have completed their TSI math requirement. Students are also restricted from taking any course with a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) flag until they have completed their TSI math requirement.

Writing

Many students who do not pass the writing portion of the TSI Assessment are required to take UGS 309 “Analytical Reading and Writing.”

UGS 309: Analytical Reading and Writing
The purpose of this course is to improve strategic reading and writing skills needed for academic success. In addition to information and practice on academic reading and writing, the course includes activities to promote effective study skills and critical thinking. Students engage in a variety of tasks such as discipline specific readings, reflective writing, and group assignments. This is a college-level course and students receive letter grades on a scale from A to F. A student must earn a grade of C- or higher in UGS 309 to complete their TSI requirements. As part of every student’s developmental plan, students who compete UGS 309 are required tot ake RHE 306, PSY 301, GOV 310L, OR HIS 315K the semester after they successfully complete UGS 309.

Restricted Courses

Students may not enroll in RHE 306 “Rhetoric and Writing” or any UGS 302 course (Signature Course with a Writing flag) until they have passed UGS 309 with a grade of C- or higher or otherwise completed their TSI requirement in writing by providing exempting test scores or other documentation. Students are also restricted from taking a Writing (W) flag assigned to them until they have completed their TSI writing requirement.