All students entering PVAMU must complete the assessment test unless they meet one of the approved exemptions.
A test exemption is a criteria that excuses you from taking the assessment test.
These exemptions are from the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C, Rule §4.54
You may be exempt based on previous test scores.
Certain scores from these tests will exempt you from taking the assessment test.
SAT – A combined Writing/Math score of 1070 AND an individual Verbal score of 500 AND an individual Math score of 500.
ACT – A composite score of 23 AND an individual Verbal score of 19 AND an individual Math score of 19.
TAKS* – An English/Language Arts Score of 2200 AND a Writing Composition score of 3. A Math score of 2200.
STARR* – An English III: Level II 2000+, and an Algebra II: Level II 4000+. (Reading and Writing are covered under your English class)
SAT and ACT scores are only valid for 5 years from the date of testing and all requirements listed above must be met on the same test date. TAKS scores are valid for only 3 years from the date of testing and scores for
exemption purposes must be on the first attempt.
All students wishing to be exempt from testing must have the minimum SAT/ACT Combined/Composite scores above. None of these will stand alone. All students wishing to be exempt from testing must have the minimum TAKS Writing Composition AND English/Language Arts scores above. These two scores go together and you cannot be exempt from one without the other. Math TAKS scores will stand alone.
*TAKS & STARR scores are for students who attend public high schools in the state of Texas. TAKS Scores must be from 11th or 12th grade and STAAR scores must be from the End of Course.
Any other out-of-state exam scores will not exempt you from testing at Prairie View A&M University.
You are exempt if you have met TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Requirements. If you have a transcript from an in‐state public institution that shows you met TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements, you do not need to take the assessment test.
You may be exempt based on previous college work.
If you are transferring to PVAMU and have earned a grade of “C” or higher in certain college courses from an accredited college or University, you do not need to test. Please call 936-261-3610 to see if your previously taken courses will exempt you.
You may be exempt based on previous developmental coursework or programs. If you have completed PVAMU’s developmental course sequence or a PVAMU non-course based module successfully, you are exempt from taking the assessment test.
You are exempt if you have a college degree. If you have a college degree (associate degree or higher) you are exempt from taking the assessment test.
You may be exempt if you are a veteran. Students who were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National
Guard or any reserve component of the armed forces, on or after August 1, 1990 may be exempt. A DD214 form showing honorable discharge status is required.
Military Waver Students on active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component may be exempt. A letter from the commanding officer is required.
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Last updated 08/26/13
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