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TSI Assessment

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Testing Services is rapidly working to transition our TSI-Assessment Service to an online offering. We ask for your patience during this transition.

If you have questions in the meantime, contact your campus Testing Services office.

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The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is the state-approved placement test offered at TCC.

Please read the student brochure, TSI Assessment (PDF)Listen, for answers to these frequently asked questions:

  • Do I have to take the TSI Assessment?
  • How does the TSI assessment work?

Registering for the TSI Assessment

Can I take the TSI Assessment over the summer?

If you attend TCC

Yes, you can take the TSI Assessment at a TCC Testing Center over the summer.

Check with your center for schedules.

If you attend an institution other than TCC

You can—but only until the end of July.

During the month of August, TCC Testing Centers do not administer the TSI for students attending other Texas institutions. Testing for other institutions ends July 31, 2020.

To take the TSI Assessment at TCC for another institution, you must:

  • Complete an application for admission,
  • Have a TCC ID number,
  • Bring confirmation that you completed the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

How much does it cost to take the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment costs $29.

However, your testing fee is waived if you are a high school student between August 19, 2019–August 24, 2020, and you're either:

  • Attending a Tarrant County public, charter, private, or home school, 
  • Classified as an in-county resident.

If you are testing for another college, you will need to pay a retest fee of $10 per section, or $29 for the entire test.

How do I pay for the TSI Assessment?

  1. If you are a new-to-college student, contact your TCC advisor to get a Test Referral form for your campus.
  2. If you wish to retest, get a Test Referral from either your advisor or the Testing Center.
  3. Take your Test Referral form to the Business Services office on any TCC campus and pay the $29 test fee.
  4. Take your payment receipt from Business Services and your Test Referral form to the Testing Center.

What do I need before I take the TSI Assessment?

You must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), located in WebAdvisor under the Prepare to Register heading. 

The PAA provides you with an overview of the TSI Assessment, including sample questions and additional resources to help you study.

Taking the TSI Assessment

How long does the TSI Assessment take?

The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. 

The average time to complete all 3 sections of the test is 3–5 hours.

What happens if I do not have time to finish the test?

You have 14 calendar days to complete the test.

If you do not return to the Testing Center within the 14-day period, you will have to begin again with Question 1 on the section of the test where you stopped.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

  • A government-issued photo identification is mandatory
    • Examples: driver’s license, passport, military ID, high school ID
  • Test Referral form
  • Payment receipt from Business Services

Can I bring a calculator to the test?

No. Calculators are not allowed. 

No study materials, reference materials or calculators may be used during the test. 

Cellular phones and all other communication devices are strictly prohibited in the testing room.

What Happens After Your TSI Assessment

When will I get my scores?

The TSI Assessment is scored immediately upon completion.

You'll be given an unofficial copy of scores for advisement purposes.

How do I interpret my scores?

Immediately following your test, you will proceed to Advising/Counseling. An advisor will interpret your scores.

To satisfy TSI and course prerequisite requirements, you must meet or exceed the following college-ready scores:

Subject Area College-Ready Score
Mathematics 350
Reading 351
Writing Placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4
Placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4–6 and an essay score of at least 5

You cannot pass or fail the TSI Assessment. Based on how you perform, you may either enroll in a:

  • College-level course that matches your skill level
  • College readiness course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses

Can I take the TSI Assessment again?

Yes. You may retest at any time, upon availability. 

You will need another Test Referral form (from your advisor or the Testing Center).

Can I transfer my scores to another Texas college/university?

Yes, there are 2 options available.

  • Contact your intended school and request your official scores pulled from TCC.
  • Log into WebAdvisor and print your score report. The test score report will print on a TCC letterhead. The link is located under the heading Prepare to Register as "Official Test Score Report."

Studying for the TSI Assessment

Can I study for the TSI Assessment?

Yes, two official study guide options are available free of charge.

From the College Board

From Other Sites

TSI Assessment Brochure Library

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Contact your campus Testing Center for more information.

Have questions? AskTCC
817-515-TEST (8378)

Updated March 25, 2020