Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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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 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.  

In addition, there is a new TSI Assessment Web-Based Study App that is free for all students.  You can use this tool to become familiar with the style and content of questions in the TSI Assessment.  The study app features practice tests in the TSI Math, Writing and Reading Assessments and can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone.  You can access the study app here.  

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.  

October 9, 2015 9:00 AM
October 23, 2015 9:00 AM
November 6, 2015 9:00 AM
November 13, 2015 9:00 AM
November 20, 2015 9:00 AM
December 4, 2015 9:00 AM

How do I get a voucher for remote testing at another TSI testing location?

To obtain a TSI voucher for remote testing, please click here.  The fee for a TSI voucher is $29, click the link and follow the automated process.  You must first present proof of completing a Pre Assessment Activity before the voucher will be released. ***Please note the testing institution may also have an additional fee for testing.   

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

Deanna Hamblin, TSI Coordinator: 361-593-4584

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

This page was last updated on: August 28, 2015