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Unless exempt or waived, all incoming students must take the assessment.

Depending on your results, you may be asked to:

  • Enroll in a college-level course that matches your skill level.
  • Participate in a developmental course to build your skills.

Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you take the TSI, you must participate in a state-mandated Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) unless you have already completed a PAA at TSTC or another institution or are exempt.

The PAA provides practice test questions, developmental education options, and available campus and community resources.

Sign up for your PAA

Take your PAA at this link.

Taking the TSIA2

Step 1: Meet with an Enrollment Coach
Step 2: Schedule and pay
Step 3: Bring these documents to your assessment
Step 4: Take the TSIA2
Step 5: Receive your score report

An Enrollment Coach will help you determine whether you need to take the assessment. You may be exempt or waived from taking the assessment based on other testing or coursework you have completed.

Schedule your exam at one of our locations. You can also arrange to have your test administered close to home or virtual.

When you take the assessment, please bring:

  • A valid photo identification. You will not be allowed to test without identification.
  • Your PAA completion certificate. You may email the certificate before test day to the Testing Center.

Expect to spend up to four hours if you are planning to take the entire test.

If you need accommodations

To arrange a disability accommodation, please contact Access & Learning Accommodations at adarequest@tstc.edu at least two weeks before your test date. Late requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

You will receive a score report at the end of your test. Bring it with you when you meet with an Enrollment Coach so they can determine the appropriate next steps based on your results.

Steps to Access Your Test Scores from the Accuplacer/TSIA2 Student Portal

What if my scores don’t meet the minimum standards?

If your scores do not meet minimum standards, you have two choices:

  1. You can take the test again at any time but testing fees will apply.
  2. You will have to take developmental courses until you reach the required level to be college-ready.
Step 1: Meet with an Enrollment Coach

An Enrollment Coach will help you determine whether you need to take the assessment. You may be exempt or waived from taking the assessment based on other testing or coursework you have completed.

Step 2: Schedule and pay

Schedule your exam at one of our locations. You can also arrange to have your test administered close to home or virtual.

Step 3: Bring these documents to your assessment

When you take the assessment, please bring:

  • A valid photo identification. You will not be allowed to test without identification.
  • Your PAA completion certificate. You may email the certificate before test day to the Testing Center.
Step 4: Take the TSIA2

Expect to spend up to four hours if you are planning to take the entire test.

If you need accommodations

To arrange a disability accommodation, please contact Access & Learning Accommodations at adarequest@tstc.edu at least two weeks before your test date. Late requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

Step 5: Receive your score report

You will receive a score report at the end of your test. Bring it with you when you meet with an Enrollment Coach so they can determine the appropriate next steps based on your results.

Steps to Access Your Test Scores from the Accuplacer/TSIA2 Student Portal

What if my scores don’t meet the minimum standards?

If your scores do not meet minimum standards, you have two choices:

  1. You can take the test again at any time but testing fees will apply.
  2. You will have to take developmental courses until you reach the required level to be college-ready.

TSI Exemptions & Waivers

Submit documentation to an Enrollment Coach.

Exemption
English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)
Mathematics
Documentation Needed
ACT Scores valid for five years
Composite score of 23 with a 19 score on the English
Composite score 23 with a 19 score on the Math
High school transcript or Copy of test scores
SAT Scores valid for five years
480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)
530 on the Mathematics
High school transcript or Copy of test scores
STAAR EOC Scores valid for five years
Level 2 with score of 4000 on the English III
Level 2 with score of 4000 on the Algebra II
High school transcript or Copy of test scores
GED Scores valid for five years
165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
165 on the Mathematical Reasoning
Copy of test scores
HiSET Scores valid for five years (Scores with test date after 8/31/2021 will no longer be useable for TSI exemptions)
15 on the Reading and 15 on the Writing with a score of 4 on the Essay
15 on the Mathematics
Copy of test scores
Military
* Serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, Texas National Guard, or member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years

* Honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990

* Serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, Texas National Guard, or member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years

* Honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990

Copy of DD-214
Degree Awarded
Graduated with an associate or bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher education
Graduated with an associate or bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher education
Copy of college transcript
Transfer
* Transfers from a public, private, or accredited out of state institution of higher education and successfully completed college level coursework as determined by TSTC

* Previously attended any institution and was determined to have met college readiness by that institution

* Transfers from a public, private, or accredited out of state institution of higher education and successfully completed college level coursework as determined by TSTC

* Previously attended any institution and was determined to have met college readiness by that institution

Copy of college transcript
Waiver
English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)
Mathematics
Documentation Needed
House Bill 5 Valid for two years (Harlingen Campus)
70% in English Language Arts
70% in Mathematics
Official high school transcript
Texas College Bridge Valid for two years
90% in English Language Arts
90% in Mathematics
Copy of certificate of completion and official high school transcript
Certificate
* Enrolled in a Level one certificate program of one year or less
* Enrolled in a Level one certificate program of one year or less
N/A
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