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Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment is a three-part computer-based knowledge assessment covering Reading, Mathematics and Writing.  Texas law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in these subjects, unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a course or intervention designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

On August 10, 2020, the Testing Center will be open for face-to-face exam administration ONLY for A&M-Texarkana students.  We will be operating at less than 50% capacity, and appointments are MANDATORY.  For the health and safety of the staff and other examinees, we ask that if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19 that you do not schedule an appointment OR that you cancel or reschedule your existing testing appointment by calling the Testing Center directly.

Face masks (coverings) in Testing Center, common areas, such as hallways, restrooms, and lobbies are MANDATORY.  If you come without a face mask, you will be unable to enter the Testing Center and turned away with no refund.  Examinees MUST wear a face mask and/or gloves into the examination room.

The Testing Center is taking extra precautions by sanitizing workstations between each examinee and will be practicing social distancing.  Please review COVID-19 Student Guide for campus guidelines.

Each test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique “zeroes-in” on just the right questions to fit your skills and abilities. The greater your demonstrated skill level, the more challenging the questions presented to you and greater the points awarded per question.

Once verifying an answer, you cannot return to that question. After answering each question, the computer calculates a score based on all of the answers you have given and uses this information to select the next question to display. Because the test is adaptive, you must answer every question when it is first given and cannot omit any question or come back later to change an answer.

If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices.

TSI Exemptions

All students taking college-level courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, unless they qualify for a TSI exemption, waiver or exception.  Click THECB Rule 4.54 for TSI Exemptions and TSI Overview for summary.


  • $15.00 - 1 Test
  • $30.00 - 2 Tests
  • $40.00 - 3 Tests

Fees may be Paid Online by clicking Pay Online and clicking appropriate icon. Fee(s) nonrefundable. 

Face-To-Face Instructions

Click below to schedule an appointment.

Click to Schedule An Exam Appointment

Online Virtual Remote Proctoring Instructions

TSI Assessments testing is also offered remotely (online) via Examity.  Please follow the below instructions and links to complete assessment(s). Students MUST adhere to Examity's rules and policies.

Online remote proctoring allows current or prospective A&M-Texarkana students to complete the TSI Assessment online. You MUST have a computer with a webcam, audio (mic) and good Internet connection.  Examity is an approved vendor offering online proctoring services for TSI.

  1. Click and complete the Online Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) if you have yet to complete
  2. Click Pay Online and pay for TSI Assessment(s)
  3. Contact the testing center at testingcenter@tamut.edu and provide the following information in order to receive a Voucher number: 
    • First Name 
    • Last Name 
    • A&M-Texarkana CWID# (Student ID)
    • Phone Number 
    • Email Address 
    • Mailing Address 
    • Birthdate 
    • Identify TSI Assessment(s)
  4. You MUST complete and/or have a CURRENT A&M-Texarkana Application on file
  5. You MUST provide your A&M-Texarkana CWID #
  6. To test with Examity, you will need to create an account with them by clicking here.
  7. Confirm that you meet Examity’s technical requirements.
  8. Verify an Examity Virtual Proctor is available when you want to take the TSI Assessment(s).
  9. It is recommended that you wait to make an appointment with Examity until you receive your Voucher number.
  10. Please allow up to 24 hours for Vouchers to be emailed once ALL required information is received, as well as completed TSI Assessment(s) scores to be posted DURING business hours of operation.

The day of your testing appointment with Examity, you will need the following items:
  1. Valid Photo ID
  2. Voucher Number
  3. Pencil
  4. Blank Scratch Paper

***Personal calculators are NOT permitted.  You must use the calculator onscreen.

 NOTE: Examity may have additional requirements. Please be sure to communicate with them to determine these requirements. You can contact Examity at (855) 392-6489 if you have additional questions. 


It is imperative that students prepare for this exam just as they would for any other exam.  Solid preparation for the exam can save students both time and money. Additionally, it is extremely important that students take the exam seriously in order for TSI to generate an accurate measure of students’ academic skills.  This ensures that students are placed correctly into their academic courses.

Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)

Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. Texas A&M University-Texarkana is required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very important that you complete this activity before you take the test. In addition, you will not be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity. The activity includes the following:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment
  • Practice test questions and feedback
  • An explanation of your developmental education options, if you do not meet the minimum passing standard; and
  • Information on campus and community resources to help you succeed as a college student.

Visit Who is my Advisor? to identify your advisor and/or make an appointment with them.

Visit Student Information and/or Student Brochure for additional information.  Visit TSI Sample Questions and WritePlacer Sample Essays for practice samples. 

Click HERE for Online Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

Score Requirement

TSI College-Readiness (CR) Cut-Scores

Mathematics (TSIM)
A score of 350 or above on the
Multiple-Choice section meets CR

Reading (TSIR)
A score of 351 or above on the
Multiple-Choice section meets CR

Writing (TSIE & TSIW)
A score of 4 or better on Essay combined with a score of 340 or better on Multiple-Choice section; or
Multiple Choice less than 340, ABE Diagnostic Level of at least 4 and 5 or better on Essay meets CR

If your TSI mathematics, reading or writing test score is lower than the college-readiness cut-score for that subject, you may be placed in either a course or an intervention to improve your skills and prepare for success in college-level courses. Click Course Descriptions to view Mathematics, MATH (0300, 0301, 0302), Integrated Reading/Writing, INRW (0398, 0399) courses to strengthen your skills.  Students are restricted from registering for certain college-level courses until their TSI requirement is met.

In addition to other factors, your placement is determined through the results you get in the TSI Diagnostic Test, which measures how well you know the subjects.  Click ABE/Diagnostic Test to view cut scores. 

TSI Adult Base Education (ABE) or Diagnostic Assessment

If you are directed to take the TSI ABE or Diagnostic Test, you will receive a diagnostic score report upon completion. This report outlines the topics on which you were tested, along with the score and the criteria used to determine that score.

Diagnostic Assessment

     Proficiency Level and Score What this means to you?

Needs Improvement

Indicates that your performance needs to improve signi­ficantly in this area.

Limited Proficiency

Indicates that while you have some skill in this area there is room for improvement.


Indicates that you have well-developed skills in this area.

Click Interpreting Your Score to view the full brochure for Diagnostic Test Scores.

TSI Study Guides or Web Apps

Click TSI Study Material (Online and Web Apps)


If you are not satisfied with your score, you may retake the TSI Assessment at any time. However, before you attempt to retest, it is strongly recommended that you set aside time for additional study. It is very unlikely that your score will improve greatly without additional review and study. 

TSI Score Retrieval

If you have taken the TSI Assessment at another institution within the last five years, the Testing Center will attempt to locate your scores. Email the Testing Center (testingcenter@tamut.edu) the following REQUIRED  information:

  • Institution's Name
  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Permission to Retrieve Score(s)

In the event we cannot locate your scores, we will notify you and you will need to visit Release Form (Test Scores) and complete to have your scores released. Please be sure to provide accurate contact information. 

ADA Accommodations

Students with disabilities can contact the Disabilities Office at (903) 223-3062 or accommodations@tamut.edu. Accommodations MUST be in place two (2) week prior to scheduled appointment.


Updated September 28, 2020

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