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Free Practice Tests for the TSI Assessment

It’s always helpful to be familiar with the types of questions you’ll see on a test and the TSI Assessment is no exception. If you want to attend college in the state of Texas, you’ll need to take this test unless you’ve secured a TSI exemption. Doing well on it will save you college time and money, so take advantage of our FREE practice test for the TSI Assessment.

About the TSI

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment, or TSI/TSIA, is a state-required assessment test developed by the College Board® that college applicants must pass before enrolling in classes, unless they have been deemed exempt. The assessment is part of the Texas Success Initiative enacted by the Texas State Legislature to measure prospective college applicants’ academic readiness.

Exemptions from taking the TSI Assessment are granted for:

  • Students who have already graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • Students who have earned a C or higher in a college-level course that is on the approved ACC TSI course list and is administered by an accredited institution.
  • Students who have previously attended college or have met college readiness standards by that institution.
  • Any student enrolling in a Level 1 certificate program and taking courses only in the certificate award plan.
  • Any applicant serving on active duty, or on reserve, as a member of the US Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard and who has served for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  • Those who were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member or as a reserve of the US Armed Forces or Texas National Guard on or after August 1, 1990.
  • Students who have completed the SAT, ACT, or other approved assessment exam with the minimum score needed for the TSI exemption within the last five years.

There are three sections in the TSI Assessment: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The TSI Assessment consists primarily of multiple-choice questions, although the Writing section also includes an essay question. The assessment is computer adaptive, meaning that the difficulty level of the questions changes according to your performance. It is not a timed test, although it takes most students between three and five hours to complete the exam. Students may opt to complete the entire test in one day or take the sections individually.

Mathematics

The Mathematics section of the TSI Assessment contains 20 multiple-choice items covering these math concept areas:

  • Elementary Algebra and Functions
  • Intermediate Algebra and Functions
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

If a certain score level is not achieved on any one of these areas, you may be asked to take one or more diagnostic tests of 10 questions each. These tests help to determine a plan of remediation that your placement test scores indicate is necessary before tackling college-level math studies.

Reading

The TSI Assessment Reading test is composed of a placement test of 20 to 24 questions. If you do not score well enough on all content areas covered, you may be asked to take a diagnostic test of 10 to 12 questions in one or more of those areas. The diagnostic tests pinpoint specific skills on which you’ll need to work in some sort of remediation program that may include paid remedial classes in college.

The reading content areas assessed on this test are:

  • Literary Analysis
  • Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • Inferences in a Text or Texts
  • Author’s Use of Language

Writing

The TSI Assessment Writing test contains two parts:

  • 20 multiple-choice questions covering the skills listed below
  • a 300-600 word persuasive essay, complete with a stated main idea, examples and details, and correct use of standard written English

If you do not achieve a certain score on the multiple-choice (placement) test, you may be given one to four diagnostic tests (10-12 questions each) to determine your specific learning needs and to help map out the course of remediation necessary before you can register for college-level courses requiring writing.

Areas of study covered on the TSI Assessment placement and diagnostic tests in writing are:

  • Essay Revision
  • Agreement of Subject/Verb and Pronouns
  • Sentence Structure
  • Sentence Logic

Your essay is scored by an electronic system that compares the quality of your writing (content and mechanics) with over 500 student essays that have been scored by human scorers and assigns a score based on similarity to a level of those essays. Your essay score report states your achievement level in each of the four categories above and assigns you a total essay score of between 1 and 8.

What to Expect on Test Day

Taking any exam can cause anxiety for many individuals, although you can ease some concerns by knowing exactly what to expect on your test day and ensuring that you have prepared for it adequately. Be sure to check the local TSI Assessment Schedule or call your local testing site for more detailed information close to your test date.

If you take the exam at a testing center, it’s always a good idea to arrive early so that you have extra time in case you encounter difficulties in finding the testing site or registering for the exam.

What to Bring

When testing at a testing center, you only need to bring two items with you—a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID, and a test referral form from your selected college’s admissions office.

What Not to Bring

All electronic devices are prohibited in the testing room, including calculators. Additionally, you may not have any study materials or reference materials with you to use during the exam.

Best Ways to Study for the TSI

Take TSI Practice Tests

Taking TSI practice tests is one of the best study methods available to you. These practice tests help you to gain familiarity with the types of questions you will encounter and the content matter that is covered. They can also help you identify what areas you should spend extra time studying. TSI practice tests are an essential study tool that can help you achieve the score you need.

Use Alternative Study Methods

While practice tests are crucial, some students find that they can retain information better by switching up their studying routine with alternative materials. flashcards for the TSI and study guides for the TSI can also be incredibly helpful at ensuring you are prepared to perform your best on exam day!

Simulate the Testing Experience

Prepping for the exam also means understanding what the testing experience will look like and how it will feel when you take the entire exam in one sitting. Since the TSI Assessment is computer adaptive, it is harder to truly simulate the testing experience, although it is still a good idea to complete each section in its entirety in one sitting to gauge how long it will take you and how well you perform taking such a long exam all at once.

TSI Tips and Tricks

Take a Stance in Your Essay

The essay portion will require you to take a stand on an opinion-based issue. To get an optimal score in this section, you should not argue all sides of the issue. You should take a strong stance and back it up with your argument. Arguing all sides weakens your primary argument and appears indecisive.

Take Your Time

Unlike most standardized exams, the TSI Assessment is not timed. This means you can take as much time as you need to answer each question. Sometimes it helps to read the questions through several times and eliminate the answers you know or think are wrong. While this process is time-consuming, it will also improve your ability to guess the correct answer from the remaining choices. And since there is no rush, feel free to use that time wisely.

If You Think It May Benefit You, Take the Sections Separately

You do not have to take the entire exam in one day. If, while simulating the test, you found that it hampered your performance, or if you think it would benefit your score to study and take the sections individually, then schedule each section for a different day.

TSI FAQ:

1. When will I receive my scores?

The TSI Assessment is scored immediately after you have completed the exam. You will receive an unofficial copy of your scores through email. You can have an additional copy of your test results emailed to you anytime by completing the TSI Score Search Request.

2. What is a good score on the TSI?

To pass the TSI Assessment you must get a score of at least 351 in Reading, and 350 in Mathematics. The writing section requires a score of at least 4 on the essay portion combined with 340 on the multiple choice portion. If the multiple choice section is lower than 340, you may still pass with an ABE diagnostic level of at least 4 and an essay score of at least 5.

3. How much does it cost to take the TSI?

The fees associated with the TSI Assessment vary depending on where you take it. They generally range from $20 to $32 per section.

4. Can I retake the TSI?

Yes, you may take the test again at any time. You will need a referral form from your advisor or college testing center. The cost to retake the exam is $10 per section.


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