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TSI Assessment (Texas Success Initiative)  

Beginning August 26, 2013, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to begin administering the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any new student that has not completed college course work prior to 8/26/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements.

What Skills Are Tested On The TSI Test?

The TSI Assessment exam assesses a student's skill in the academic areas of math, reading and writing for college-readiness.

Who Is Required To Take The TSI Test?

 Students who are not exempt from TSI requirements must take the TSI Assessments. The TSI Assessment is designed to help Northeast Texas Community College determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If your scores fall below the minimums listed below, the TSI Assessment will also help determine what type of intervention will best help you succeed.

The minimum TSI Assessment scores required to satisfy TSI requirements at Northeast Texas Community College are:

  • Reading: 351
  • Mathematics: 350
  • Writing: Essay Score of 5 or Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

The goal of the test is to provide detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses. It is comprised of multiple-choice questions and an essay section. The assessment is untimed and computer adaptive, meaning that questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you respond. Once you have completed the assessment, your scores and information on your proficiency will be provided immediately.

When do I have to take the TSI Test?

The test must be taken before you can enroll in any college-level course at any Texas public institution of higher education.

How Do I Resister for the TSI exam at Northeast Texas Community College?

The TSI test is administered on a walk-in basis. Photo ID is required to test (Driver's License, NTCC ID, or Pass Port).

How much does the TSI Assessment Cost?

The cost of the entire exam is $36.00 or $15 per section.

Payment method:

  • Cash, Check
  • Money Order (payable to Northeast Texas Community College)
  • Master Card, Visa, Discover (payable to Northeast Texas Community College)

How long does the TSI Assessment take?

The TSI Assessment is not a timed test.

The average time to complete all three sections of the test is 3-5 hours.

When Will I Get My Scores?

The objective sections of the TSI test are scored immediately following administration. Examinees are given an UNOFFICIAL copy of scores for advisement purposes.

Do NOT bring:

  • Food or Drink
  • Cellphones
  • Calculators or any electronic devices
  • Backpacks, large bags, or purses
  • Hats/Caps
  • Children

If you bring any of the above listed devices they will be checked and taken up.

Will you send my scores to another College or University?

In order to have your scores sent to another College, University or released to an individual besides yourself, please download and complete the Authorization to Release Test Scores form. Once you've completed and signed the form you can fax or mail that back to us. For your convenience the fax & mail information is available on the form.


Related Links:

TSI Pre-Assessment Sample Questions
TSI Student Informative Brochure
Interpreting Your TSI Scores


The Testing Center is located in the Business Technology Building on the NTCC campus.
For More Information Contact:
Elayne Peters
Director of Testing

Jamille Kelly
Testing Center Clerk

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This page last updated by E. Peters on 01/06/2015

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