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TSI Assessment

The TSI Assessment is a college readiness test delivered through the Accuplacer system, specifically designed by the College Board to meet the requirements set forth by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Effective 2013 August 26, no other assessment tests will be used to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements for college readiness.

Test scores achieved prior to this date will still satisfy TSI requirements.

Pre-Assessment Activity

Every examinee who takes the TSI Assessment must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSI test. To take the TSI Assessment in TREC, you must complete the Texas State PAA before coming to TREC.

After completing the PAA, you will be emailed a confirmation page. You must either print that page or save it to your mobile device and present it prior to paying your test fee and again when checking into the testing lab at TREC.


The TSI Assessment fee will be $20 per subject area to be tested. There are three subject areas: Reading, Writing, and Math. The fee may be paid by credit or debit card, money order payable to Texas State University, or by exact cash. Note: additional fees may be required if testing is not completed in one day (see Time Limts below).


A valid photo identification (including Texas State student ID or any state or federal government-issued ID) must be presented in order to take the TSI Assessment.

Time Limits

The TSI Assessment is primarily an untimed test; however, the essay section has a one hour time limit. TREC recommends allowing two hours for writing, and at least one hour each for reading and math. Thus, if all three subjects are needed, be prepared to spend four hours testing.

Because the test is untimed, you may use more time than expected; however, our testing lab will close at normally scheduled closing times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:00 pm, and Wednesday at 7:00 pm. If a test is unfinished at closing time, it will be suspended, and the examinee may return on another day to complete it. In this case, an additional $20 per section to be completed will be required. Exams can only be administered during our testing lab hours.

Demonstrating College Readiness

The following minimum cut scores will meet the TSI standard, which will demonstrate college readiness and allow registration into college-level coursework in that subject area:

TSI Math Placement: 350

TSI Reading Placement: 351

Meeting the TSI standard for writing will require minimum cut scores for both an objective (multiple-choice) portion and an essay.

TSI Writing Placement (objective): 363

TSI WritePlacer 2013 (essay): 5

Advanced Placement for Math

If the examinee demonstrates at least college readiness level in math, the College Math section (Accuplacer) will be administered automatically.

A score of 86-102 will merit placement into:

MATH 1317 (Plane Trigonometry),

MATH 1329 (Mathematics for Business and Economics II), or

MATH 2417 (Pre-Calculus Mathematics)


A score of 103 or higher will merit placement into:

MATH 2471 (Calculus I)