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Frequently Asked Questions About the TSI Assessment

Can I study for the TSI assessment?

Yes, there are official study guide options available free of charge through the ACCUPLACER websiteThe ACCUPLACER website features practice questions and other study tools to help you prepare for the TSI assessment. You can also log in to take the Texas version of a web-based practice test to familiarize yourself with the test's three different content areas.

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 three to five hours.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

  • A government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID or high school ID.
  • A test referral form from your college's admissions office.

Can I bring a calculator to the test?

No. Calculators are not allowed. Additionally, no study materials or other reference materials may be used during the test. Cell phones and all other communication devices are strictly prohibited in the testing room. 

When will I get my scores?

The TSI assessment is scored immediately upon completion. You'll be given an unofficial copy of scores via email.

How do I interpret my scores?

Your college advisor can assist you with interpreting your scores. 

What’s a passing TSI score?

To satisfy TSI and course prerequisite requirements, you must meet or exceed the following college-ready scores:
Subject Area
College-Ready Score
Mathematics
350
Reading
351
Writing
Placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4
or
Placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4 and an essay score of at least 5

Can I take the TSI assessment again?

Yes. You may retest at any time upon availability. You will need another test referral form (from your advisor or the college testing center). There is a retest fee of $10 per section. 

Can I transfer my scores to another Texas college/university?

Yes. If you have taken a TSI assessment at DCCCD, other schools can access these scores by providing the college name, your student ID and your date of birth. Private and out of state institutions would not have access to this database.

What happens if I do not pass the TSI?

You cannot pass or fail the TSI assessment. Based on how you perform, you may either enroll in:
  • College-level courses that match your skill level, or
  • College readiness courses or interventions to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.