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Texas Success Initiative Assessment

What is the TSI?

The TSI Assessment is the standard by which Texas public post-secondary institutions (2-year, 4-year, vocational, trade, etc.) evaluate a student’s readiness for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  If a student does not meet the TSI benchmark scores, the college will assume a student is not ready to take on college-level coursework.  In turn, the college will require the student to take developmental coursework to build knowledge and skills.  This required developmental coursework costs money and prevents students from jumping right into courses that will apply toward the completion of a college degree.  Our goal is to enable students to avoid this coursework by helping students earn those benchmark scores on the TSI.


Who takes the TSI?

Incoming college and dual credit students in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless they are already exempt, to determine readiness for college-level work. 

You will need to take the TSI if you are enrolling in the following:

  • An Northeast Lakeview dual credit English or Math course
  • An Northeast Lakeview dual credit course
  • College courses as a freshman

You do NOT have to take the TSI to enroll in OnRamps Dual Enrollment courses.


How does taking the TSI help me?

Taking the TSI can save you money. By scoring high enough on this test, you may be able to bypass developmental courses when you start college.

Taking the TSI can save you time. By being able to bypass developmental courses, you can go right into courses that apply to your degree.

For prospective dual credit students, the TSI will allow you to take college-level courses.

1. Exempt from TSI?

See the chart below to see if you are exempt from TSI.

 

TEST

READING & WRITING

MATH

SAT

480+ Evidence Based Reading & Writing

530+ Math

ACT

19+ English

Composite Score must be 23+

19+ Math

Composite Score must be 23+

TSIA2

>=945 and Essay>=5

or 

<945 and Diagnostic Level >= 5 and Essay>=5

>=950 or <950 and Diagnostic Level=6

 

2. Complete the Pre-Assessment

This pre-assessment is required by the state of Texas to be completed BEFORE a student can take the TSI.  It also provides students with more information about the TSI as well as valuable practice.

  • Students must create an account for the Practice APP if one has not already been created. Use your personal email address.
  • After successfully logging in, select Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity  (TSIA-2-PAA)
  • Click on Begin Pre-Assessment Activity
  • Choose New Braunfels High School as the campus where you plan to take the TSIA2
  • Forward your Certificate of Completion to Mrs. Norbury, kerrynorburykubicki@nbisd.org or Mrs. Horner, jhorner@nbisd.org

You will not be allowed to test unless Mrs. Norbury or Mrs. Horner has a copy of your Certificate of Completion.

3. Take the TSI

*Sign up for TSIA2
*You will receive an email with the date and time.

 

4. How to look up TSI scores

Looking for your ACCUPLACER placement test results? Click here

 

What if I fail the test?
First of all, there is no "pass" or "fail". You either meet standard and can bypass developmental courses, or you don't meet standard and are placed into Reading, Writing, and/or Math courses that match your skill level.

Test Prep

TSIA2 Student Portal
TSIA2 Learning Resources (Click on Enter Student Site)
XL Math TSI Preparation
IXL English TSI Preparation

 

 

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