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What is the TSI?
The TSI is a test that informs the university that a student is college ready. If a student does not pass the TSI, then he/she must enroll in developmental classes before he/she is allowed to start with the general education core (basics). Developmental classes do not count towards a college degree. The TSI is not a factor that is considered by university admission counselors. However, the student must submit a copy of their TSI scores to the university before being allowed to attend orientation.

What are the passing scores?
The TSI has 3 sections: Math, Reading, and Writing. Each section has no more than 25 questions. If additional questions are given, then the student has moved on to the diagnostic section. The passing score for the Math section is a 350. The passing score for the Reading section is 351. The writing section has a grammar part and an essay. The passing score for the grammar part is a 340. The passing score for the essay is a 4. If the student obtains an essay score of a 5, then he/she automatically passes the grammar section. 

How do I register for the TSI? 
In order to register for the TSI, a student must provide the completion certificate of the pre-assessment activity. Please click on the following link to complete this task:

Pre-Assessment Activity


A student must also provide the Apply Texas confirmation page that indicates the student has applied to South Texas College. Please click on the following link to complete this task:  

Apply Texas

Please submit BOTH form to the Go Center. The registration fee for each section is $5. We only allow students to take two sections at a time. The following flyer shows the dates that we will administer the TSI this academic year.

‚ÄčTSI Dates

How do I prepare for the TSI?

TSI Reading, Writing, and Math Practice
TSI Essay Practice
Free TSI App


How do I get my scores?
Please pick up TSI scores at the Go Center. After a student takes the TSI, the student has 30 days to pick up a free, courtesy copy of their scores. If scores are not picked up within 30 days of the request date, they will be destroyed.  If a student would like a copy of their scores AFTER the 30 day grace period, the student will have to submit a TSI request form along with a $2 processing fee.



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