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
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
Walk-In Testing Hours*
- Monday and Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
*Limited Seating, make an appointment to secure your seat.
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Testing Services no longer provides transcripts of Accuplacer/TSI scores. If an institution needs your scores you must go their Testing Center, and ask them to retrieve your scores through Cross Institutional Reporting. All testing centers throughout Texas can obtain your TSI scores from any institution your test was administered.
TSIA Cross-Institutional Reporting
Cross-Institutional Reporting in Texas allows the college and or university (Institution of Higher Education) that you are applying and/or transferring to access to your TSI test scores with your permission.
High School Testing Information
College of the Mainland offers all potential Dual Credit, Collegiate HS, and College Connection students a one-time free test voucher to be used at their High School or at the College of the Mainland Testing Center. Students will receive their voucher at the High School upon completion of the required steps. See flyer for details. Pre-Testing Information for High School Students