Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Did you know that you can take the TSI Assessment using an online proctoring service without traveling to a testing center? This service allows the TSI to be taken online from a home computer. See the “Remote TSI Assessment” section below for more information.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Until further notice, all TSIA/Accuplacer requests will be scheduled through the Remote TSIA/Accuplacer process and proctored online through Examity.
The TSI assessment is an adaptive, computerized test that covers skills in reading, math, and, or writing to assess a student’s college readiness for appropriate placement into courses. Effective August 26, 2013, no other assessment 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.
The administration fee that must be paid to the TEMC will depend on how many sections you need to take. The TSIA fee is $20 per subject area. Taking two sections will cost $40, and taking three sections will cost $60.
An additional $20 charge for each subject area can be incurred if your suspended exam is not completed within two business days.
For students with a TSI or Accuplacer voucher from another institution, the proctoring fee is $15 per section. The fee must be paid the day of testing using a credit or debit card at the Testing Center. You must present your voucher at time of payment.
A valid photo ID is required at the time of registration. (see ID Requirements)
Walk-in testing is on a first-come, first-served basis any day that the TEMC is open. Calling ahead is highly recommended to ensure that you will be able to test without an extensive wait.
- Testing Lab, San Marcos: Examinees that must test for all three-subject areas must arrive at the testing center in time to begin the test no later than 12:30 p.m. We recommend arriving by noon to make sure you start on time. 1:30 p.m. is the start time for two subject areas, and 2:30 p.m. is the start time for one subject area. Our testing lab closes at 4:50 p.m. If a test is unfinished at the 4:50 p.m. closing time, it will be suspended, and the examinee may return within two business days to complete it. If the test is completed within two business days, no additional fee will be charged.
- Testing Center, Round Rock: All testing must be completed or suspended 15 minutes prior to closing. You may suspend testing during a section, but if you don’t complete suspended sections within two business days, then you will be charged an additional $20 fee for each section that is suspended. For times to test at the Testing Center, Round Rock, please visit the TCRR hours page.
Instructions for taking the exam at the Testing, Evaluation & Measurement Center (TEMC) at Texas State University
Step 1: Verify your TSI status
First, you need to verify your TSI status by emailing the TSI office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)
You must complete the free and approximate 10-minute PAA by going to http://www.txstate.edu/tsip/assessment/paa1.html. After completing the PAA, you will be emailed a confirmation page. Either print that page or save it to your mobile device and present it when you come to take your assessment. The PAA can be completed via any smart device.
Step 3 (Test day)
Bring the following documents:
- Valid photo ID (see ID Requirements)
- Pre-Assessment Activity Completion Certificate
- Testing fee receipt.
- Bring your student ID number – the A0XXXXXXX number.
Instructions for students applying to / attending other schools who want to test at Texas State TEMC
In order to test at our site, you will need to obtain a remote voucher from the school in 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 TSI Assessments at TEMC using a remote voucher for another school is $15 per subject (all three subjects is $45).
In order 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. Submit your request at least a week before the preferred administration date. The fee to set up a remote voucher for TSI Assessments is $30 per voucher.
For the current information about TSI Assessment cut scores, exemptions, and any other information regarding satisfying the TSI requirement, please refer to the TSIP Office.
If the examinee demonstrates at least college readiness level in math, the College Math section (Accuplacer) will also be administered.
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)
All examinees who require accommodations must complete an Accommodated Testing Request Form to test at either facility at least two weeks prior to the desired exam date. If you intend to test at the San Marcos campus, please complete the SM Accommodated Testing Request Form. If you intend to test at the Round Rock campus, please complete the TCRR Accommodated Testing Request Form. 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 take into account additional time you may need.
For TSI Assessment scores from Texas State to be sent to another school
If you need scores for the TSI Assessment to be sent to another Texas public college or university, that school can access TSIA scores taken at Texas State (or at any other school or testing center) through the Cross-Institutional Score Reports tool within the TSIA/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: email@example.com
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 TSIA scores from another school sent to Texas State
If you need to request TSIA scores taken elsewhere for reporting to Texas State, you should fill out the Texas State TSIP Office's TSIA Score Search Request.