TSI Assessment

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment

The TSI Assessment measures college readiness in reading, writing and math. Assessments include multiple-choice questions aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.

Scores are used for college placement purposes. Examinees take a placement test of 20-25 items that produces a numeric scale score ranging from 310 to 390. Students who do not score at the college-ready level on the math or reading placement test will take the diagnostic test to measure their strengths and weaknesses in that subject area. Students who score 350 or higher on the writing multiple-choice test or who score an NRS Level 4 on the ABE writing multiple-choice test will be asked to submit an essay.

ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE A PRE-ASSESSMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE TSI EXAM.

View TSI Pre-Assessment.

Exemption

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. Students with a TSI Assessment exemption can enroll in any entry-level college course. Students may be exempt if they:

  • have met the minimum college readiness standard on SAT, ACT or a statewide high school test;
  • have successfully completed college-level English and math courses;
  • have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours); Note: Prerequisites for courses within the certificate must be met.
  • are not seeking a degree; and
  • have been, or currently are, in the military.

For more information visit Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (See #1 and click on TSI/Exemptions.)

About the TSI

Brochure (before testing)

Interpreting Your Score (after testing)

Sample Questions

Testing Times

View the monthly Testing Center schedule on the right-side column for the complete schedule.

Fee Test Type
$29 Complete Test
$10 Math
$10 Reading
$10 Writing
$10 Writing Essay (re-test)
$10 Writing Multiple Choice (re-test)

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