Refresher Courses

We Believe in Taking a Second Look

Many times students may find that they may have to take refresher courses. 

The Alamo Colleges District offers Refresher courses which provide a second opportunity to be reassessed to determine appropriate course placement.  

As of summer 2014, if you did not meet college readiness scores in math, reading, and/or writing you will be required to enroll in a Refresher course(s) in the subject area you need at no cost to you! 

Refresher courses give you a second opportunity to possibly place into a higher developmental education course or a college-level course. 

We've found that students who complete a Refresher course are 50% more likely to jump into at least one level higher of developmental education or even a college-level course from where they would have originally placed.

Refreshers can have a big impact on when you begin to take college-level courses.  

A typical developmental education course is taught over 16 weeks for a total of 64 hours costing $480 in tuition and does not count towards college credit.


Refresher Courses in Math and Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW)

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) is used to determine if you are college ready to enroll in college-level courses.

At the Alamo Colleges District, we believe in using multiple ways to find out a student’s academic readiness.

Faculty members use the TSIA scores and personally assess your knowledge and skills to make you are placed correctly.

After completing the Refresher, you can then participate in your college’s advisement process and register for your classes.  

The Refresher Courses need to be taken only once. 

The Math Refresher course is 16 hours and the Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Refresher course is 8 hours.

These courses are offered before the start of each semester and run at various times. Refresher courses are identified as MATH 0055 and INRW 0055.

You are able to take your Refreshers at any of our colleges that best fit your needs.

Learn more about the Refreshers occurring at our colleges:

San Antonio College: Math Refreshers