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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

About TSI

Due to the Coronavirus

TSI testing will be available ONLINE only

New dates are now available


What is the TSI Assessment?

The purpose of this examination is to assess the level of your academic ability. The TSI test results provides the information necessary for better placement during registration for your courses. The TSI Assessment will determine your preparation level for college in the subjects of Math, Reading, and Writing. 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 have already been admitted to the university, don't worry, this test has nothing to do with your admission.  The TSI test results are all about helping you to succeed in your course of studies at the university.

Still not convinced of the importance? Watch the following short video.

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 Admissions prior to new student orientation for determining exemption. Don’t worry, exemptions are permanent and do not need to be renewed each semester. Click here to learn more about exemptions and waivers.

The Office of Admissions will contact you via email prior to your orientation to inform you of the status that has been determined for you for the 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 TSI test? PAA information

Before you can register to take the TSI Assessment test, you must first complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). This is a mandatory requirement for all test takers  It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish; upon completion you will receive an email certificate showing the proof of your completion. The certificate will contain important information that you will need to register for your TSI test. 

NOTE: You only need to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity once; the certificate information is good whether you are registering for one test, three tests or a retest.

We also encourage you to prepare for your TSI test.  Here are 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 Writing, Reading and Math Assessments and can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone.     TSI Study App


How much does the TSI Assessment test cost? What is the registration process and when are the tests offered?

The TSI Test is comprised of three sections: Math, Reading, and Writing. The test fee for each section is $15.00. The test fee is non-refundable, and issued test voucher will be valid for 90 days after the purchase date.  Students must register at least 7 days prior to the online test date that works best for them. Please click the button below to register for your test.

TSI Online Proctored Tests

Testing Schedule
MATH Sessions Tuesday Reading Sessions Wednesday Writing Sessions Thursday

Register for MathRegister for ReadingRegister for Writing


For large group testing, please fill out the below linked form:  Large Group Testing

Test dates will close when full or 7 days before the test.


Now that you have registered for the TSI test, what happens next?

You will receive an email containing:

  • Information on what is required to take your Test online

  • Link for your test session

  • Confirmation of your date and time of testing

I've taken the TSI Assessment test. What do these score results mean and how does TAMUK use them?

We use the scores from the TSI Assessment to insure that you are placed in the correct Math and/or English course(s) to help you succeed in your college studies. For more information on how to understand your score results, we invite to you follow this link: Interpreting Scores.

More questions?


TSI Coordinator

Phone: 361-593-3286

Office - Eckhardt Hall RM 121 (1st Floor)      

TSI Testing Center Eckhardt RM 258 (2nd Floor)