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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 23 with a minimum of 19 on English and mathematics within the past 5 years ~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~
  • STAAR® minimum score of 4000 on English III-Level 2 end of course (EOC) and a minimum score of 4000 on Algebra II-Level 2 EOC ~OR~
  • You have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution 

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 site:

*No user name and password are needed to enter this site.

*They must click “ENTER STUDENT SITE” in order to see practice handouts and tutoring videos.    

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 higherAND

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 register for the TSI?
In order to register for the TSI, a student must provide the completion certificate of the pre-assessment activity. 


Upon completion of the PAA, a certificate will be emailed to the student.
Please have the student upload a screen shot of this certificate to the
following TSI registration form:

How do I get my scores?
Please request your TSI scores by emailing the Go Center.

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