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TSI Assessment

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2)


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  • The TSI assessment is an adaptive, computerized test that covers skills in English language arts and/or math to assess a student’s college readiness for appropriate placement into courses.

    Effective January 11, 2021, the only assessment that can be used to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative requirements for college readiness is the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2).

    Test scores achieved prior to this date via the original TSIA remain valid for five years from the test date, and will continue to satisfy TSI requirements until such expiration.

    For more information on the TSIA2, please visit the College Board Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) website

  • In-Person Testing

    The in-person administration fee that must be paid to the TEMC will depend on how many sections you need to take. The TSIA fee is $25 for the Math Section, $35 for the ELAR Section, and $60 for all sections.

    An additional equivalent administration fee can be incurred if your suspended exam is not completed within two business days.

    For students with a TSIA2 or Accuplacer voucher from another institution, the proctoring charge is a $30 flat fee.

    Remote Testing

    For information about the fee for remote voucher testing, please see Remote Accuplacer Assessment Information below.

  • This section provides instructions for taking the TSIA exam at Texas State University with the TEMC department. This is for students who plan to attend Texas State University. If you are planning to attend another institution, skip to the bottom of this section.

    Step 1: Provide payment

    Pay your testing fees online.

    Save the printed receipt as proof you paid.

    Also note: TEMC cannot provide full or partial refunds for any fees or other payments beyond five business days from the date of payment.

    Step 2: Determine your test date/time

    Decide when to take the test. Make an appointment here.

    After submitting the appointment request form, you will receive a confirmation email for your appointment within 1 business day. That email will also include information about completing your Pre-Assessment Activity, which is required to complete prior to taking your test.

    Make sure to note the latest start time the exam is offered. For example, at the San Marcos campus, the latest appointment start time for all TSIA subjects is 1:30 p.m. For San Marcos Campus testing times, visit Testing Lab Hours. For Round Rock Campus testing times, visit TCRR Hours.

    Step 3 (Test day)

    Bring the following documents:

    1. Valid photo ID (see ID Requirements)
    2. PAA Confirmation.
    3. Testing fee receipt.

    Instructions for students applying to / attending other schools who want to test at Texas State TEMC

    • To test at our site, you will need to obtain a remote voucher from the school at which you will enroll. Texas State University is listed as a remote testing site within the Accuplacer system, so a representative of your school can create a voucher for you to take your test here. The fee to take TSIA2/Accuplacer exams at TEMC using a remote voucher for another school is $30.
  • This section is for students who plan to attend Texas State University but want to take the TSIA at another testing center or online from home.

    To test at a site other than Texas State TEMC or with an online proctor, you will need to obtain a remote voucher from our office. Please fill out our Request for Remote Accuplacer/TSI Form at least one week prior to the date you would like to test. You will then receive an email from our office with instructions for completing the registration process. The fee to set up a remote voucher for TSI Assessments is $30 per voucher.

    Prohibited Item List for Online Proctoring

    During online proctoring, specific items are prohibited to have in the room with you. Examity will provide you with only a basic list of prohibited items. Per TEMC policy, please be aware that prohibited items during an online proctoring session include but are not limited to the following:

    • Cameras, cell phones, optical readers, or other electronic devices that include the ability to photograph, photocopy, or otherwise copy test materials
    • Notes, books, dictionaries or language dictionaries
    • Book bags, purses, handbags, or luggage
    • iPods, MP3 players, tablets, headphones, or pagers
    • Calculators, computers (other than the one you are testing on), PDAs, or other electronic devices with computer memory
    • Google and/or smart glasses (any glasses with electronics)
    • Watches, smart devices, and other jewelry except wedding or engagement rings
    • Medicine, including cough drops (except as expressly permitted in advance)
    • Food or beverage
    • Hats, hoods, or other head coverings unless required for religious purposes.

    A prohibited item violation will result in your test scores being invalidated. Payment will not be refunded, and you will need to provide payment again to retest. For more information about TEMC policy, please visit our policies page.

  • The TSIA2 or Accuplacer exam is offered by appointment only.

    • For In-person appointments at the Testing Lab, San Marcos: The latest start time for an appointment for an in-person exam covering both sections is 1:30PM. The latest start time for taking a single section is 2:30PM. All exams must be ended or suspended by 4:50PM. If your exam is suspended, you must return within two business days to complete your exam. If the exam is completed within two business days, no additional fee will be charged.
    • For In-Person appointment testing times at the Testing Center, Round Rock, visit TCRR Hours. All exams must be ended or suspended 30 minutes prior to closing. If your exam is suspended, you must return within two business days to complete your exam. If the exam is completed within two business days, no additional fee will be charged.
    • Appointments for TXST students with remote testing at another institution or online testing through Examity are scheduled through the remote institution or Examity after you receive your voucher from TEMC.
  • A valid photo ID is required at the time of registration. (see ID Requirements)

  • For the current information about TSIA 2.0 exam cut scores, exemptions, the PAA, and any other information regarding satisfying the TSIA requirement, please refer to the TSIP Office.

  • On January 11, 2021, the College Board released their Next Generation tests. The new test for determining advanced placement in math (above college algebra) is the Accuplacer Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions test (AAF). The cut scores for placement accepted by the Texas State University math department are:

    263-275 merits placement into

    • MATH 1317 (Plane Trigonometry),
    • MATH 1329 (Mathematics for Business and Economics II),
    • MATH 2321 (Calculus for Life Sciences I), or
    • MATH 2417 (Pre-Calculus Mathematics)

    276 or above merits placement into:

    • MATH2471 (Calculus I)


    Prior to January 11, 2021, the Accuplacer College Math was administered as the test for demonstrating sufficient knowledge for advanced placement in math. These scores remain valid for five years from the date the test was taken. Scores on this test that merit placement above college algebra are:

    A score of 86-102 merits 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 merits placement into:

    • MATH 2471 (Calculus I)
  • Typical accommodations such as extended test time, test breaks, and calculators (as applicable) are already built-in test options for any student to use and don’t require verification or documentation.

    All examinees who require accommodations in addition to those mentioned above, must complete an Accommodated Testing Request Form once their appointment has been set.

    Requests will be processed within two business days. Please note the operating hours for each campus testing center and available start times for the exam you wish to take when selecting your appointment time, and make sure to consider any additional time you may need.

  • For TSIA2 Assessment scores from Texas State to be sent to another school

    If you need scores for the TSIA2 Assessment to be sent to another Texas public college or university, that school can access TSIA2 scores taken at Texas State (or at any other school or testing center) through the Cross-Institutional Score Reports tool within the TSIA2/Accuplacer system. You should just need to provide them your name, date of birth, and the name of the school or testing center where you took the exam. Accessing your scores in this way should be free; however, we can send your scores for a fee if you submit our Score Report Request Form.

    To process your request form, when you send it to us, you must also include a clear copy of a valid photo ID. Government-issued IDs that also include a signature are preferred, but we will also accept an active Texas State student ID. The form and a photocopy of your ID can be mailed, or you can scan them and email or fax.

    Allow three business days for processing your request.

    Mail to: TEMC, Commons Hall
      Test Score Reports
      601 University Dr.
      San Marcos, TX 78666
    Fax: 512.245.2903
    Email: testingcenter@txstate.edu

     

    Payments can be made by credit card over the phone (512.245.5576), or if mailing in your form, you can include a money order made payable to Texas State University.

    Note: TEMC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond one week from the date of payment.

    For TSIA2 scores from another school sent to Texas State

    If you need to request TSIA2 scores taken elsewhere for reporting to Texas State, you should fill out the Texas State TSIP Office's TSIA2 Score Search Request.