Why do I need to take the TSI Assessment?
All college students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness for college-level coursework. Based on how a student performs on the TSI, he/she may be either be allowed to enroll in a college course or placed in a developmental course to help improve his/her skills and the likelihood of success.
In some cases, your SAT or ACT scores may qualify you to be exempt from all or part of the TSI Assessment.
ACT: Composite 23 [A score of 19 on ACT Math will exempt you from TSI Math. A score of 19 on ACT English will exempt you from TSI Reading and TSI Writing.]
SAT: No Combined Score [A score of 530 on SAT Math will exempt you from TSI Math. A score of 480 on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing will exempt you from TSI Reading and TSI Writing.]
See your counselor for additional details.
How much does the TSI cost?
Cost of exam for Plano ISD students testing at a PISD location will be $25. Students who are Free or Reduced Lunch will receive a fee waiver for their exam.
When and where do I test?
Plano ISD is excited to now offer students the opportunity to test at their home campus. Please contact your counselor for information on registration and campus testing dates.
Where can I prepare for the TSIA?
You can find free study options on the District's College Ready Test Preparation Page.
How long does the TSI Assessment take?
The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. The average time to complete all 3 sections of the test is 3-5 hours.
What happens if I do not finish the test?
You have 14 calendar days to complete the test. If you do not complete the test within that 14-day period, you will have to begin again with Question 1 on the section of the test where you stopped.
What do I need to bring with me to the test?
Government-issued photo identification or current campus ID badge, fully charged campus issued Chromebook, Chromebook charger, and voucher which will be sent to you via email.
Can I bring a calculator to the test?
No. Calculators are not allowed. No study materials, reference materials, or calculators may be used during the test. Cell phones and all other communication devices are strictly prohibited in the testing room.
How do I interpret my scores?
Your counselor will be able to help you interpret your scores.
Please note that colleges have varying admissions policies. It is the responsibility of the student to work with their college admissions office to ensure that they meet the enrollment requirements of each college they plan to attend. If you have additional questions about the TSI Assessment or need further guidance please contact your school counselor or the admissions and advising office at the college you plan to attend.
TSIA Testing Sites and Dates - Spring 2021