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The New TSIA 2.0 was launched on January 11, 2021

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.

Do I need to take the TSI?

You may not need to take this test!

If you meet at least one of these exemptions approved by the state, you may not need to take the TSI Assessment 2.0. If you meet the minimum scores for either the English or mathematics portion of the tests listed below, you may not need to take that portion of the assessment. Contact the Go Center if you are unclear if you met any of the exemptions below.

  • ACT®: combined score of 40 on the English and Reading (E+R) and 22 on mathematics  ~OR~
  • SAT® (Administered on or after March 5, 2016): minimum of 530 on Mathematics for exemption in TSI Math; minimum of 480 on Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for exemption in TSI Reading and Writing ~OR~
  • You have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution (Example English 1301 Dual and College Algebra Dual) Student must earn a "C" or better in each course. 

What is on the TSI?

       The math section includes: contains
about 20 multiple choice             questions that cover Quantitative Reasoning, Algebraic Reasoning, Geometric and Spatial Reasoning, and Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning.

The English/ELAR section or includes: contains
about 30 multiple choice
questions that cover text synthesis and analysis and content revisions and editing for conventions. The ELAR test may also require you to write a persuasive essay.

How to prepare for the TSI?

Students can prepare for the exam by visiting the following sites:

(Study App)




How to register  for the TSI?
In order to register, students must complete a pre-assessment activity and turn in their certificate to Mr. Martinez in lab 119.

Step 1. Create and account

Step 2. Click on the third option "Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity (TSIA2-PAA)

Step 3:UPLOAD student certificate to the following form:
Your certificate should look like the one below.

Please make sure you turn in your certificate to complete the registration process. Once your certificate has been processed you will receive a pass with the date you are testing.

What are the passing scores?

ELAR passing scores

Multiple Choice: 945 or higher

Essay of 5 or higher

Multiple Choice: 910-944AND

Diagnostic Level of 5 or higher AND

Essay of 5 or higher


Math Passing Scores

Multiple Choice: 950 or higher

Multiple Choice: 910-949AND

Diagnostic level of 6 or higher

How do I get my scores?
You will get a printout of your scores once your test is completed. If you need another copy of your scores, please request your TSI scores by emailing the Go Center.

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