The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math. All entering students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are exempt or complete.
The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office can assist you if you require accommodations for the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in courses at our college.
**Note that the TSI 2.0 is not timed, there is also a "save and finish" option that allows for students to "pause" for breaks as they please or to "pause" the testing session all together for completion on another day. If the student chooses this option, they must log back in and complete the Math and ELR sections within 14 days of "pausing". The exception is the essay portion - which students must complete in one sitting. There is also a virtual calculator built into the TSI 2.0 platform - this calculator has audio reader capabilities and is available once a student gets through the initial “basic math facts” portion of the Math section.
If, after reviewing this information, you need additional accommodations please contact our intake coordinator at SASApplication@austincc.edu.
Please contact our Business Assessment (email@example.com) office if you need to take the TSI for another college or university with accommodations.
TSIA2 Learning Resources
Go to this URL: https://tsia2.pearsonperspective.com
Pass Phrase: TSIA2_edu
Please click the schedule link for the campus you would like to test: Assessment Schedule
Virtual Remote TSI Testing
Virtual testing offers an alternative vehicle for testing, targeting those students that for good reason cannot come in person to test. Virtual testing is proctored by Examity, the College Board-approved vendor for Accuplacer.
There are two fees involved in taking the TSI Exam virtually, the TSI Exam Fee and the Proctoring Fee. The Examity Proctoring Fee is $25+Tax.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request virtual remote testing.
Check the list of TSI exemptions and score completions to determine if you have already met TSI requirements in one or more areas (reading, writing, and math) or meet the criteria for an exemption. You must show proof of exemption. You may take your proof of exemption or waiver, if applicable, to any campus Advising Office.
You do not have to take the TSI Assessment if you:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with THECB guidance, Austin Community College (ACC) is able to consider alternate criteria for eligibility and placement of student readiness for college-level reading, writing, and mathematics courses and is offering the alternative criteria for placement of the TSI assessment requirements through the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.
To assist in the application process, ACC will use applicants' high school transcripts as alternative criteria for college-level readiness in reading, writing and math for their first semester Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 semesters. (Please Note: Under TAC Rule 4.55(a), Students must complete the TSIA before the end of their first semester to avoid being unable to register for the following semester.)
The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment. Tests must have been taken within the previous five years.
MINIMUM SCORES ELIGIBLE FOR TSI ASSESSMENT EXEMPTION
|TEST||READING & WRITING EXEMPTION||MATH EXEMPTION|
|SAT (March 2016 and later)||480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||530 Math|
|ACT||23 Composite with 19 English||23 Composite with 19 Math|
|TAKS||2200 ELA (English Language Arts) with 3+ Writing sub-score||2200 Math|
|STAAR||4000 on the English III (EOC)||4000 on the Algebra II (E0C)|
|GED||165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) for the English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) Exemption.||165 on the Mathematical Reasoning|
|HiSET||15 on the Reading subtest, a minimum score of 15 on the Writing Subtest with a minimum score of 4 on the essay, for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) Exemption||15 on the Mathematics subtest Math Exemption|
The following are the current sets of score ranges. You have completed Texas Success Initiative requirements for a subject area if you earn the minimum score listed in the charts and date ranges below.State-Approved Minimum Scores to be TSI Complete, effective January 11, 2021
|Assessment||English, Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)||Math|
|TSI Assessment||945 and an Essay of 5 or more
Less than 945 and a Diagnostic Level of 5 or more and an Essay of 5 or more
Less than 950 and Diagnostic Level of 6
|TSI Assessment||351||*5 or 4/340||350|
Note*: A placement score less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and essay score of at least 5.
Retrieve TSI scores to enroll at ACC:
If you have taken the TSI Assessment within the last 5 years at a testing site outside of Austin Community College, but within the State of Texas, please complete the Retrieve TSI Scores form.
Send TSI scores to another college/University:
If your college or university needs your TSI scores that were taken at Austin Community College, please complete the Send TSI Scores form.