Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

What is the TSI Assessment?

The purpose of the new examination is to assess your academic ability in order to correctly identify your course sequence.  The TSI Assessment will determine your preparation level for the subjects of reading, writing, and math. It was created by the state of Texas to save you time and money. Our mission is to make sure that you are successful. If you've already been admitted to the university, don't worry. This test has nothing to do with your admission.

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Who is required to take the TSI Assessment?

As an incoming student you must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.  Official documents must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to Hoggie Days for determining exemption. Don’t worry, exemptions are permanent and do not need to be renewed each semester. You can be exempt or receive a waiver. To learn more about exemptions and waivers, click here

We will contact you via email prior to your orientation to inform of you of the status that we've determined for you for TSI. This will be based on official college or high school transcripts, official standardized test scores, and/or military documents.

How can I prepare for the assessment and how much does it cost?

Before taking the assessment, you must first complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). This is required for all test takers. The test costs $29 and we need you to register at least one day prior to the test date that works best for you. We also encourage you to review some sample questions.

What is the registration process and when are the tests offered?

Students must register one day prior to the test date. Please select a test date below and follow the automated registration process.  Test fee is $29.00.  All tests are located in Eckhardt Hall room 258. Students should plan several hours for testing. The following are the available test dates/times available:

The day of the test you must bring with you a current photo ID and the Pre-Assessment Activity.  If you do not have these items you will not be able to test and must reschedule.  

April 10, 2015 9:00 AM
April 17, 2015 9:00 AM
May 1, 2015 9:00 AM
May 8, 2015 9:00 AM
May 22, 2015 9:00 AM
May 26, 2015 9:00 AM
June 5, 2015 9:00 AM
June 10, 2015 9:00 AM
June 19, 2015 9:00 AM
June 24, 2015 9:00 AM
June 28, 2015 9:00 AM - The location of this test will be in the Student Support Services Building
July 5, 2015 9:00 AM - The location of this test will be in the Student Support Services Building
July 17, 2015 9:00 AM
July 24, 2015 9:00 AM
July 31, 2015 9:00 AM
August 2, 2015 9:00 AM - The location of this test will be in the Student Support Services Building
August 13, 2015 9:00 AM
August 20, 2015 9:00 AM

I've taken the new TSI Assessment. What do these scores mean and how does TAMUK use them?

We use the scores from the TSI Assessment to insure that we place you in the correct math or English course. If you didn't do as well as you would have wanted, don't worry.The Office of Student Success has a wealth of resources that can get you up to speed in the area(s) you need to grow. For more information on how to understand the scores we invite to you follow this link: Interpreting Scores.

Questions? Contact:

Email: tsi@tamuk.edu

Laura Knippers, Office of Admission: 361-593-4423

Rebeka Silvas, Director of the Graduation Pathway Success Center:  361-593-2168

This page was last updated on: March 25, 2015