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TSI Assessment

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

TSI Assessments During COVID-19

TSI Assessments (TSI-A) are being offered remotely through Examity (an online test provider) through August 16, 2020, or until in-person testing can resume, whichever comes first.

If you do not have the technical resources or equipment to take the online TSI Assessment, contact the Information Center at 817-515-8223 or asktcc@tccd.edu

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Before You Take the TSI Assessment

If you attend or plan to attend TCC

You must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before you can register for the TSI Assessment. The PAA provides an overview of the TSI Assessment, including sample questions and additional resources to help you study.

To complete the PAA,

  1. Log in to WebAdvisor.
  2. Select the Pre-Assessment Activity link, located under the Prepare to Register heading.

If you attend an institution other than TCC

You can take the TSI Assessment at TCC—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:

If you're testing for another institution, you will be required to pay both the TCC TSI Assessment fee, and the $20 Examity proctored test appointment fee. TCC will not cover the cost of your Examity proctored test appointment fee.

Your fees must be paid before you can obtain a voucher and schedule your testing appointment.

If you're a dual credit student

You must contact the dual credit office for help completing your TSI Assessment registration.

Registering for the Online TSI Assessment

You must contact an academic advisor or Success Coach for help completing your registration. If you're dual credit, contact the dual credit office to complete the below steps.

  1. The academic advisor/Success Coach will create an Online Test Referral Form.
  2. The academic advisor/Success Coach will email your myTCC email account with instructions and a copy of the Student Testing Agreement.
  3. You will send Testing Services an email with your signed Student Testing Agreement and a copy of your photo ID.
  4. Testing Services will email your myTCC email account with your testing fees and payment information. It may take up to 24 hours to receive this email.
  5. You will pay your testing fees in WebAdvisor and email Testing Services to confirm your fees have been paid.
  6. Testing Services will create a voucher and Examity will email you a link with your voucher code within 5 minutes.

You can contact the Information Center at 817-515-8223 or asktcc@tccd.edu for additional assistance getting started.

Scheduling Your Online TSI Assessment

Examity offers proctored test appointments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To make an appointment with Examity,

  1. Use your voucher code to create an Examity account.
    • You must use your myTCC email account when registering, in accordance with FERPA guidelines.
  2. Look for a confirmation from Examity with your login credentials.
    • You'll be required to change your temporary password when you log in to Examity dashboard for the first time.
  3. Schedule your testing appointment by selecting the desired date and time.

What if I no-show or miss my scheduled test appointment?

You will not need a new voucher for missed test appointments.

However, you will need to reschedule another test appointment through the Examity dashboard.

What to Expect During the Online TSI Assessment

The main difference between taking the test in our testing centers and taking the test online is using a live proctor via webcam with Examity.

The live proctor will monitor you while you're testing, and you will be video recorded.

You may use scratch paper; however, you will be required to show both sides of scratch paper to the online proctor at the beginning and end of your test appointment.

You are not permitted to have the following during your test:

  • Food and beverage
  • Electronics (such as phone, smartwatch, TV)
  • Aids (such as dictionaries or thesauruses)

You can watch a video overview of the testing process or watch a live test demo.

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.

Do I have to take all parts at once or can I split them up?

You are not required to take all parts of the test in one appointment. You can take different parts over multiple appointments.

However, no breaks will be permitted during testing. Breaks are only permitted if you have been approved for accommodations by a Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) coordinator.

What if I can't finish my test during my appointment?

You must complete your assigned test section during your scheduled appointment.

If you fail to complete any or all sections in a single appointment, you will be required to get another test referral (from a Success Coach, academic advisor, or counselor) and another voucher (from Testing Services).

You will also be required to schedule another appointment with Examity and must start the entire test over.

This could impact you if you've split you're reading/writing and math sections into two appointments. Two appointments will use two vouchers, which means you will only have one left for retesting.

If you need additional testing after your third testing appointment, you will be responsible for paying the $20 proctor fee before you can obtain a voucher and schedule your test appointment.

What are the technical requirements to test with Examity?

You'll need to ensure you have the following before taking your TSI Assessment with Examity:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (no tablets, Chromebooks, or smart phones)
  • Google Chrome
    • This is the preferred browser.
    • Make sure pop-ups are disabled.
  • Working speakers, microphone, webcam (built-in or external)
  • Internet speed of at least 2 mbps for download/upload. Hot spots are not recommended.

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Live support will be available if you need assistance during your testing appointment.

How will the proctor verify my identity?

You will be required to upload an approved/acceptable ID and answer security questions.

The proctor will go through a 5 minute validation process with you prior to starting the test.

Your ID must be valid and current.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Driver's license
  • College ID
  • High school ID
  • Middle school ID
  • Military ID
  • State or federal-approved ID
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Review the Examity Student Guide for more information.

Reviewing Your TSI Assessment Score

You'll have the opportunity to print or save your score report when you successfully complete your test appointment with Examity, or you can access your score report any time through the ACCUPLACER Student Portal.

TSI scores from a successfully completed test appointment will be available in your TCC student record within 1 business day, in most cases.

What score do I need on the TSI Assessment?

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
or
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
    or
  • 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 voucher from Testing Services to take the assessment again.

Remember, TCC will only cover the Examity $20 proctor fee 3 times. If you need to take the TSI Assessment more than 3 times, you will be responsible for paying the $20 Examity proctor fee per assessment.

How can I share my scores with another Texas college/university?

You can choose one of the following options:

  • 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 Official Test Score Report is located under the heading Prepare to Register.

Contact Testing Services if you need help sharing your scores with other institutions, or sending your TSI scores to TCC from other institutions.

Costs of 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,
    or
  • 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.

What is my cost if I'm taking the TSI Assessment for another institution?

If you're testing for another institution, you will be required to pay both the TCC TSI Assessment fee, and the $20 Examity proctored test appointment fee. TCC will not cover the cost of your Examity proctored test appointment fee.

Your fees must be paid before you can obtain a voucher and schedule your testing appointment.

Are there any additional costs to use Examity for my TSI Assessment?

Examity charges a $20 fee per proctored test appointment. However, TCC will cover this fee up to 3 times per TCC-bound student.

How long will TCC continue to cover the cost of the Examity proctor fees?

TCC will cover the cost for up to 3 proctor appointment fees per TCC-bound student through August 16, 2020, or until in-person testing resumes, whichever comes first.

Do I have to pay for my test before I can get a voucher and schedule my test?

Yes. You must pay any testing fees before you can receive your voucher. If you cannot pay your testing fees online, you should contact Testing Services.

Studying for the TSI Assessment

Free Virtual TSI Prep Courses

Community and Industry Education is offering free virtual TSI prep courses for all students. Visit our continuing education application and registration page to find out which quarter term you need to select for your course. If you are already a TCC student, find the heading What Happens Next and skip to step 2, Register for Classes.

  • July 14-August 5, 2020 (2020Q4)
    • Course Section and Synonym Number: GENX-1401-45226-0537714
  • August 10-September 1, 2020 (2020Q4)
    • Course Section and Synonym Number: GENX-1401-45228-0537719
  • September 8-30, 2020 (2020Q1)
    • Course Section and Synonym Number: GENX-1401-45229-0537720 

Study Guides

Two official study guide options are available free of charge.

From the College Board

Resources From Other Sites

TSI Assessment Brochure Library

Contact

Contact your campus Testing Center for more information.

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

Updated June 29, 2020