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.
The TSI Assessment Reading test is composed of a placement test of 20 to 24 questions. Then, 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 each 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
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.