What is the TSI Exam?
Understanding the TSI Exam
- Colleges in Texas use the TSI exam for placement in college-level classes
- Your TSI exam score is not used for college admission purposes, only to determine what level of math and English you can take when you enroll
- If you pass one or both sections of the TSI (see scores below), you are considered "college-ready." This means you can go into a credit-bearing course when you enter college for the areas of math and/or English.
- If you do not pass one or both sections of the TSI (see scores below), the college you attend will work with you to place you in a developmental course for a semester before entering a credit-bearing course.
- English Section consists of reading passages/multiple-choice questions and an essay
- Math Section consists of multiple-choice questions
- The test is untimed, but most students take about 2 hours for each section
- The test is taken on a district-issued laptop (to ensure a secure browser) and students receive their results immediately after submitting
- Students can retake the exam if they do not pass; however, it is strongly suggested that they review before the next exam via the Accuplacer website.
TSI Exemptions (i.e. you do not need to take the TSI and are considered "college-ready"):
- You scored a 480 or higher on the English (ERW) portion of your SAT
- You scored a 530 or higher on the Math portion of your SAT
How to prepare for the TSI Exam
1. Accuplacer Website (this is the best resource):
- Go to accuplacer.org -->Information for students--> Practice Resources--> Get the study app-->Start Practicing
- Create an account.
- Once you create an account/login, go to "Texas Success Initiative Assessments 2.0 (TSIA 2). You can choose "Learn as you go" which gives you immediate feedback or to take the practice test. Practice is divided into math and english content
2. ACC Website
4. If you have already taken the exam:
- Request a copy of your scores from the EVHS Website. At the bottom of your score report, there will be a customized code that will give you a review code based on your score
- The code will appear on your score report under "TSIA 2 Learning Resources" and will say "Math Learner Locator Code: MATH##" or "ELAR Learner Locator Code: ELAR##"
- Go to this website: https://tsia2.pearsonperspective.com/perspective/ and enter those unique codes for specific review. The math resources are much stronger than the English resources.
Register for the TSI Exam
Two ways to take the TSI Exam:
1. You can register for the TSI exam (for free) at EVHS: Form
On test day:
- Bring your fully charged district-issued laptop
- No cell phones or calculators (a calculator is built into the test that you can use)
- Test is untimed
2. You can register to take the TSI exam (for a fee) at ACC. They proctor the exam remotely.
Follow these steps and contact ACC if you have any questions:
- Go to this webpage: https://www.
- Start with Step 2 and have the student test the device they will be testing on. This will test for audio/video, etc.
- Go to Step 3: Click on pre-assessment and complete http://sites.
austincc.edu/tsiprep/ . Fill out the google form when complete. Make sure to complete as they may ask for proof of completion
- Go to Step 4: Click on the marketplace link to pay/register for the exam; Pay for exam
English Exam: $20
Math Exam: $10
Full Exam: $29
Essay only: $10 (this is for retest only)
- Go to Step 5: If you need accommodations for the test, make sure to complete (anything other than extended time). This won't apply to most students.
- Go to Step 6: Fill out the form to request the exam: Request Exam You must complete all of the steps above before this step.
Understanding your TSI Test Scores
Passing Scores for the TSI Exam:
945-990 (Multiple Choice Section) AND Essay Score of 5-8 OR
910-944 (Multiple Choice Section) AND Diagnostic Level 5-6 AND Essay of 5-8
910-944 AND Diagnostic Level 6
If you scored:
- 945-990 (on the Multiple Choice Section) AND 1-4 (on the Essay Section)-->You can retake the Essay only (On the retest: Student would need an essay score of 5-8 to be considered "college-ready")
- 910-944 (on the Multiple Choice Section) AND 1-4 (on the Essay Section) AND 5-6 (on the Diagnostic Level)-->You can retake the Essay only (On the retest: Student would need an essay score of 5-8 to be considered "college-ready")
- 910-944 (on the Multiple Choice Section) AND 5-8 (on the Essay Section) AND 4 (on the Diagnostic Level)-->You can retake the Multiple Choice Section only (On the retest: Student would need a 945-990 on the multiple-choice section or Diagnostic Level of 5-6 to be considered "college-ready")
- If you do not pass the math section, you must retake the full math exam
Request a copy of your TSI Scores
Students can obtain a copy of their TSI Scores from the page below:
Once scores are sent to your email, open the document to view scores.
-Click on "View Complete Report" to see full scores
-Click on "Share Individual Score Report" to send a copy of your scores to colleges