What does it mean if I do poorly on the entrance exam?

If the percentage on the entrance exam is below 60%, then the candidate is automatically placed on ABC Provisional status with the American Band College. In many cases this will add a fourth summer to the candidate's program. The number of study areas and the performance on written exams and thesis projects can affect this status over the course of the program.

Sam Houston State University also automatically places a candidate on SHSU Probationary status if the last 60 units of the person's undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. The American Band College Graduate Faculty reassesses this general university status after the final exams on July 5 of that summer and following evaluation of research and practical application projects. This SHSU Probationary Status may be removed if the candidate's GPA is above 3.0 and there are no multiple grades of C nor any F grades. After a term where the status has not improved, SHSU will terminate the candidate from the Graduate School.

Re-evaluation of ABC Provisional Status is conducted by the ABC faculty at the conclusion of the candidate's second year in the program. If the candidate's composite scores have risen to warrant removal of that status and the number of below 70% study area composites is less than 4, the extra year in the program may be waived.

If the candidate has 5 or more study areas below minimums, then Ultimate Pursuit Provisional status is also put in place. This then requires the candidate to take self tests in UP during the course of the year (minimum 10 questions per area per month). If major improvement is not seen (without results 80% or higher) by April, the candidate will receive an appropriate Status Report with updated information on course of study.

Candidates receive monthly emails with links to their Ultimate Pursuit Progress Reports. The ABC faculty will update any required status change in mid April. All important reports (Status Reports, Test Summaries, etc.) can be found in "My Account" at the ABC website.



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