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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: 

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   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. 

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: 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). Click here to make your appointment:

If you think you would be interested in taking the test from your home computer, due to COVID-19 concerns, please contact us at for more information.

Step 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!