Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI)
What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state placement assessment designed to assist the college or university in diagnosing student basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Community Colleges & some four year institutions use the TSI test for course placements. Students who do not obtain scores high enough for college level are placed into developmental courses at the post-secondary institution. All community colleges and some techinical schools require the TSI or an exemption prior to students registering for their college courses. The TSI is a state legislated test that can be transferred to any Texas public institution. Students whose college requires the TSI can get a jump start by taking it at Rockwall ISD before graduating high school.
How is the TSI structured?
The TSI is a computer-adaptive test testing three parts: Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Testing is untimed and students my take as long as they need to finish the test. Students are allowed to take breaks as often as they need on any part, except the essay portion.
When do I receive the scores?
Scores are printed out immediatly upon completion of the test. In some cases, scoring of the essay portion might go into review and Accuplacer would require further time for the essay score.
How do I send my TSI scores to my college?
Please go to the Post Test- What Now? link for instructions.
How is the TSI related to Dual Credit?
High school students are not permitted by the State of Texas High Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to take developmental courses. For high school students wanting to pursue college level courses through the dual credit program, they must score college level on the TSI with or provide the associated exemptions.
How long are my TSI scores valid?
The TSI scores are valid for 5 years. See Texas Code for reference.
What are the steps I need to take to take the TSI at Rockwall ISD?
The first step is to take the Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity, the second is to sign up for one of the TSI testing dates, the third is to pay using the RevTrack link. See the associated tabs on the left for further information. ALL steps must be completed PRIOR to testing date. NO payment or completion of PAA is allowed on testing date.
Where can I find more information and study materials for the TSI?