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TSI Assessment

Texas Success Initiative Assessment

About the TSI Assessment    Students who need to show college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics will take the TSI Assessment.  The TSI Assessment is aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.  It offers both placement testing as well as detailed diagnostic profiles of students’ college readiness and/or adult basic education levels.  If you do not know whether you need to take this test, please ask staff at the Student Services desk in the Administrative Services Building for a Referral for Testing form.

Preparing for the Test: This free TSI Study App is recommended by the designers of the TSI Assessment: 

Testing Time   The TSI Assessment is an untimed test.  The test publisher estimates that most students will take about four hours to take all three sections.

Scores   Scores are usually available immediately after testing.  Sometimes the essay score is delayed, and a complete score report is available on the next business day.

Passing Scores ( based on a scale of 310-390; Essay 1-8)





6, 7 or 8 on the essay, or

4 or 5 on the essay and 340 or higher on the multiple-choice section, or

4 or 5 on the essay with less than 340 on the multiple-choice section, if the ABE Diagnostic score is 4 or higher


Retests   There is no waiting period before retesting. 


No Electronic Devices  Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing room.  You may not use a hand-held calculator; the test will give you a pop-up calculator on the problems that allow calculator use.


Disabilities   Students with disabilities may request reasonable testing accommodations based on the documentation that they provide to the Coordinator of Special Services for Students with Disabilities.  Documentation must be provided and testing requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the desired test date.

Two Test Locations:

  • Testing Center on the Main Campus in Denison -- 903-463-8724
  • Success Center on the South Campus in Van Alstyne -- 903-415-2509

Ready to Schedule Your Test?

Step 1: Click here to complete your Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

This online activity is required in Texas and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. When logging in, it is important to use a valid email address; entering your ID number is optional. Please bring a copy or digital image of your emailed confirmation letter/certificate. We can look it up in our records, but it will save everyone a little time if you can quickly show us this confirmation. 

Step 2: Decide when you would like to take the test.

We provide "drop-in" testing during normal business hours, but test takers need to be mindful of our closing time. This is an untimed test, but you should plan on each section taking 1 to 2 hours (or 3 to 5 hours for the whole test).

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Testing Center remains closed until at least June 1st. If you think you would be interested in taking the test from your home computer, please contact us at for more information.

Step 3: Pay for your test.

Go to the Business Office and pay the $30 TSI Testing Fee for the whole test or $10 for each needed part (math, reading, or writing) and bring your paid receipt to the testing center. If you have exact cash or check, you may pay at the Testing Center instead.

You will need to bring your paid receipt and your photo ID to the Testing Center.


We wish you success on your test!