Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI Assessment)

If you were not enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education prior to August 22, 2013 or are not exempt from TSI, you MUST take this exam.  Prior TSI exams are no longer accepted.

The purpose of this test is to measure a student’s readiness for college-level course work.  The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is mandated by state law and requires all students attending a public institution of higher education to prove they are ready to take entry-level college courses which require reading, writing and math skills.  By law, the TSI Assessment, exemptions, and passing scores are the same at every public institution of higher education in Texas.  Please make sure you are prepared to take this TSI Assessment.  

The test is computer-based and must be administered in a proctored environment at a college testing center.  

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UTA Students

If you were not enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education prior to August 22, 2013 or are not exempt from TSI, you MUST take this exam.  Prior TSI exams are no longer accepted.

The purpose of this test is to measure a student’s readiness for college-level course work.  The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is mandated by state law and requires all students attending a public institution of higher education to prove they are ready to take entry-level college courses which require reading, writing and math skills.  By law, the TSI Assessment, exemptions, and passing scores are the same at every public institution of higher education in Texas.  Please make sure you are prepared to take this TSI Assessment.  

The test is computer-based and must be administered in a proctored environment at a college testing center.  

For students who are outside of the DFW area: There are two ways you can take the TSI some place other than UTA.  You may take it at a certified Testing Center as a Remote Administration or you may be able to take it from home through a Virtual Administration.

More information about the TSI Assessment can be found in the Student Informative Brochure from The College Board.

REGISTER FOR THE TSI ASSESSMENT

You MUST complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity before you schedule your exam.  This is required by state law. 

  • Approximate testing time for each section of the TSI Assessment is two hours. All three sections can take up to 5 hours.
  • Fee:  Each section is $18.
  • Test is offered Monday - Saturday throughout the year. 
  • Advance Registration and Payment is Required.
  • Be sure to bring a valid photo id, such as a school id, driver's license, or passport

Register/Schedule at UTA student scheduling site. You must have your 10-digit UTA ID number to register.  If you are attending Orientation - DO NOT schedule your TSI Assessment during Orientation.  Ideally, the TSI Assessment should be completed before you arrive at Orientation.  If you have not taken it prior to orientation, you CAN still attend orientation, but you may need to complete the assessment before an advisor can clear you for the classes you want.  The TSI Assessment is offered Monday through Friday and on at least 1 Saturday a month.

Score Report:  Scores are available at the end of the testing session.  If you need your scores for another school, UTA students must obtain a certified copy of the TSI score report from the Registrar's Office.

Advising

  • Unfortunately, Testing Services CANNOT advise what sections you need to take, what exemptions you may qualify for, or if any previous college credit can be used instead of taking the TSI Assessment.  For all of those questions you must email a TSI Advisor at tsi@uta.edu for advising on the TSI Assessment.  Please make sure you have submitted all test scores, transcripts, or other documentation that you believe may exempt you from taking the test as the TSI Advisors will not be able to advising you without that documentation.

    If you have previously taken the assessment elsewhere, but those scores have not been submitted yet, you need to request those scores be sent/loaded into the system.  We may be able to pull your scores.

Scores - Release Form

  • If you took the Texas Success Initiative Assessment at a Texas public institution of higher education, or at a high school*, then you need to complete a release form so we can pull your scores.

    The Authorization For Release of TSI Assessment Scores form can be found here.  You need to complete and print this form out.  You can submit it to us in one of three ways.

    1. Bring the form, along with your Photo ID, to UTA's Testing Services in University Hall Room 004.
    2. Fax the form, along with a copy of your Photo ID, to UTA's Testing Services at 817-272-7532.
    3. Scan the form and a copy of your Photo ID, and email it to us at assessment@uta.edu for processing.

    The test is computer-based and must be administered in an authorized proctored environment.  

    *If you took the Texas Success Initiative Assessment at your high school (and the site listed on your score report was the high school/school district, not a college or university), then we need to to include your high school name AND SCHOOL DISTRICT on the form to pull your scores.

Remote Testing

  • Remote means that you need to take the TSI Assessment at a certified test center that is not at the college you will be attending because you live more than an hour away from the college and there is a certified Remote Test Center site closer to you.

    Please email Testing Services (testing@uta.edu) or download an application packet for testing at a local college testing center.  In the email, be sure to include your name, your Mav ID number, and in the subject line, note: Out-of-State/Out-of-Area Testing for TSI. Please allow a 3 day ADVANCE NOTICE to process any test access information.

    If you have taken the TSI Assessment at another college testing center:

    • If you attended that college, the scores will be transmitted on that college's transcript to UT Arlington.
    • If you did not attend the college where you took the TSI Assessment, you may be able to get your scores sent here through one of two processes.

     

    More information about the TSI Assessment can be found in the Student Informative Brochure from The College Board.

Virtual Remote Testing

  • Virtual Remote means that you need to take the TSI Assessment online at home or someplace else private because you are not located within 60 miles of a certified open-site test center.

    We recommend that you see if there is an open test center located near you that you can test at.  Those test centers typically have more flexibility in their schedule if you need additional time beyond what you booked in advance.  If you decide that virtual proctoring may be the best option for you, please allow a 5 day ADVANCE NOTICE to process any test access information.

    To take a TSI Assessment through a virtual proctor, you will need to complete several steps:

    1. Examity system requirements are:
        • Desktop computer or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements)
        • A working built-in or external webcam and microphone
        • Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
        • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled
        • If you have any questions or concerns, you can email
      support@examity.com
    2. Know what sections of the TSI test you need to take.  The exemptions may be confusing, so you may want to contact a TSI Advisor in the University Advising Center at tsi@uta.edu to verify what sections you need.  You should also be able to look them up in MyMav on your Student Center as well.
    3. Complete the web application form.
    4. Complete the online TSI Pre-Assessment Activity.
    5. Pay for your TSI exam through UTA. Instructions will be emailed as soon as you complete the web application form.
    6. Book and pay for your proctoring service for the exam through the preferred virtual proctoring vendor. Instructions will be emailed as soon as you complete the web application form.

Other Students

Remote Testing

  • You may take your TSI Assessment at UTA as a remote exam from your institution.  There are two ways to do this:

    1.  UTA is listed as a remote center in the TSI Assessment platform and your school can issue UTA a voucher to administer your exam.

    • Contact the Texas college you wish to attend.
    • Complete their Pre-Assessment Activity
    • Request to take the TSI Assessment at UTA and let your school know we are on the Accuplacer Platform Remote Network
    • Your institution will issue a voucher to UTA to administer your exam.  You will receive an e-mail from your institution with that information.
    • Once you have your voucher information, click on the non-student other link to access the test registration system. 
    • Register for the Distance TSI exam. Depending on the number of sections you need to take, the fee ranges from $35 to $50.

    2.  UTA can also administer the exam if your college wishes to issue us a login and password to their TSI Assessment platform.

    • Contact the Texas college you wish to attend.
    • Complete their Pre-Assessment Activity
    • Request to take the TSI Assessment at UTA
    • Click on the non-student other link to access the test registration system. 
    • Register for the Distance TSI exam. Depending on the number of sections you need to take, the fee ranges from $35 to $50.

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