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TSI Assessment

Texas Success Initiative Assessment

About the TSI Assessment   

Students who need to show college readiness in English language arts and mathematics will take the TSI Assessment.  The TSI Assessment (TSIA2) 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 TSIA2 Study App is recommended by the designers of the TSI Assessment. It includes instructional videos and sample test questions. Also, if this is your first attempt at taking the TSI Assessment, you are required to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), which provides more information about the purpose and use of this placement exam. Visit the TSIA2 Practice Resources page, click the big blue box on the right side of that page, setup your account, and select the PAA off of the list. Upon completion of the PAA, you will be emailed a certificate indicating your completion. Please save this to show the test proctor on test day. 

Testing Time  

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


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. The scores that indicate college readiness are:

ELAR a score of 945 or higher with an essay score of 5 or higher.

OR a score of 944 or lower with a diagnostic score of 5 or higher and an essay score of 5 or higher.

Math a score of 950 or higher 

OR a score of 949 or lower with a diagnostic score of 6. 


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.


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?

  1. Decide when you would like to take the test.

    This is an untimed test, but you should plan on each section taking 1 to 2 hours (or 3 to 4 hours for the whole test). Make a TSI appointment with

  2. Pay for your test.

    You can pay the $20 TSI Testing Fee for the whole test or $10 for each needed part (ELAR or Math) at the Testing Center prior to taking your exam. Remember to also bring your photo ID

We wish you success on your test!