TSI Assessment

TSI Assessment vs TSIA2: JANUARY 11, 2021

Texas Southmost College and all Texas IHE will begin administering the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, Version 2.0 (TSIA2). TSIA2 will replace the current TSI placement test and the TSIA2 will be the only administered placement test at TSC. TSIA2 will be integrating Writing and Reading into one section which will be called the English Language Arts Reading section. Regarding Mathematics, the current TSI Math section will remain.

If you meet college readiness standards with the current TSI placement – the scores remain valid for 5 years from date of testing; this also applies to the TSIA2 exam. However, for students who are retesting, current TSIA and TSIA2 test results cannot be combined. That is, these are two different placement exams which one will replace the other.

**Pre-Assessment Activity is required for TSIA2**

Possible Scenarios

TSI Writing – Passed
TSI Reading – Failed
TSI Math – Passed
Yes, if student wants to retest in Reading TSIA2 ELAR section
TSI Writing – Failed
TSI Reading – Passed
TSI Math – Passed
Yes, if student wants to retest in Writing TSIA2 ELAR section
TSI Writing – Failed
TSI Reading – Failed
TSI Math – Passed
Yes, if student wants to retest in Reading and/ or Writing TSIA2 ELAR section
TSI Writing – Passed
TSI Reading – Passed
TSI Math – Failed
Yes, if student wants to retest in Math TSIA2 Math section


TSI Assessment

The TSI is a Placement test for all new college students. The TSI program requires students to demonstrate their college readiness in reading, writing, and math before they can take college-level credit classes. You must take the TSI State Test when you enroll at TSC unless you show proof of exemption or waiver from the requirement. See Exemptions and Waivers.

If you need to test, follow the steps below to test with the TSI.

Step 1. Apply to TSC
All student that wish to use our testing services must submit a completed TSC application via ApplyTexas. Soon after your application has been submitted (2-3 business days) a TSC ID number will be created for each student. An TSC ID number is necessary before requesting any TSC Testing Center services.

STEP 2. Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) ) – REQUIRED for all Student new to TSI Assessment
The Pre-Assessment Activity is a State requirement for all students that are new to TSI testing. The importance of the PAA is to help students understand how the TSI assessment will determine the correct courses to register for at TSC. The PAA also provides information on the college to help students be more successful.

TO COMPLETE Pre-Assessment, select one:
REQUIRED: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/texas-southmost-college

STEP 3. Registration
Students with a TSC ID number will submit their information on the Registration form for Remote Testing.
Testing Registration Form
Students will test from home via Zoom and will provide their own computer with a webcam, microphone and strong internet.

  1. Students will receive a follow-up email from the Testing Office within 1-3 business days to inform the student that their TSC Online account was invoiced for the cost of the test.
  2. Students will then forward the paid confirmation email to [email protected] with the Testing Office contacting the student with available openings. The administration of the entire TSI can be scheduled in one sitting or divided across multiple days.
  3. Once the test is scheduled, the student will be emailed a Zoom invitation for their test session the day before. The Zoom invitation will include details for how to download the application to your computer. The email will be sent to the address the student indicated on the Testing Registration Form.

STEP 4. Paying
2-3 business days, students will receive a follow-up email from TSC Testing Center with instructions on How-To pay via TSC Online account.

STEP 5. Schedule TSI Test
Students will then forward the paid receipt to [email protected]. TSC Testing Center will reply with available test sessions. **TSI sections can be scheduled separately.

STEP 5. Schedule TSI Test
Students are emailed the Zoom link and Voucher number, the evening before the test date. The student will need to present a Photo ID.
NOTE: Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current driver’s license
  • State-approved photo ID
  • Current college ID
  • Current state or federal ID card
  • Current passport
  • Current high school ID
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
TSI COVID-19 Alternative Placement

For non-exempt students (high school completers) enrolling at higher education institutions in summer 2020 and 2020-2021 Academic Year, any one of the following can be used to indicate college readiness:

* TSI-A testing via proctoring through Zoom facilitated by TSC Testing Office
* High School GPA of 3.0 or higher
* 4 years of high school English and/or 4 years of high school Math

Non-exempt students (high school completers) who have previously taken and did not pass the TSIA in one or all areas may be placed in college-level courses using any of the alternative options listed in the bulleted list directly above.