Assessing Basic Academic Skills in Higher Education: The Texas Approach

By Richard T. Alpert; William Phillip Gorth et al. | Go to book overview

TASP Skills

Introduction

The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) is an instructional program designed to ensure that students attending public institutions of higher education in Texas have the academic skills to perform effectively in college-level course work. The TASP includes a testing component designed to provide information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of students entering Texas public colleges and universities.

The purpose of this document is to provide general information about the academic skills that may be assessed by the test.


Test

The TASP Test consists of three sections: reading, mathematics, and writing. Each section of the test is defined by a list of five to ten broadly stated academic skills. The academic skills defining each section of the test have been reviewed and judged by thousands of Texas college faculty, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the State Board of Education. The skills represent the knowledge students entering college in Texas should have if they are to perform effectively in their courses.

The academic skills that are eligible to be assessed by the TASP Test are listed on the pages that follow. Each skill is accompanied by a description of aspects of the skill that may be assessed by this test.

Each section of the test will consist of approximately forty to fifty four-option, multiple-choice questions. Only one of the options will be the correct or best answer. The writing section will also include a writing sample.


Registration Bulletin

The TASP Test Registration Bulletin will help students register for the test. The bulletin will include general information about the TASP and its testing component, instructions for registering for the test

TASP Skills is distributed to Texas state colleges and universities in the form of a four-
page flier. It was first produced and distributed in fall 1988.

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