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TSI Test

TJC does not have an admissions test. However, all incoming students are required to take the TSI Assessment or an approved alternative test for all non-exempt students prior to enrolling in college-level courses at TJC. 

Some students may be exempt from taking the TSI based on SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR tests, their major, as well as other factors such as military veterans or those with an associate degree or higher. A full list of exemptions can be found here.

Send us your scores

Did you take the TSI at another institution? We need your results for your student records! Don't worry, we'll do the hard work. Just tell us where you took the test and we'll go fetch your scores. 

Score Report Form

New Lower Pricing

If you're only taking one or two sections of the TSI, we've reduced the price!

  • One section: $12 
  • Two sections: $24
  • Entire Test: $35

What is the TSI test?

The TSI exam is also known as the Texas Success Initiative Assessment. The purpose of this exam is to decide the proper level of college coursework for an incoming student. (Sponsored by Mometrix)

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TSI Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TSI required?

The TSI test is required for all incoming TJC students unless you are exempt.

When can I take the TSI at TJC?

Our normal office hours are: 

 Hours of Operation
  • Where: Rogers Student Center
  • Monday - Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Friday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Saturday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

What if I believe I am exempt?

If you are exempt based on the criteria listed here, please notify our admissions office here:

Email: admissions@tjc.edu

Fax: 903-510-2161

Mail: Tyler Junior College
Attention: Admissions
P.O. Box 9020
Tyler, TX 75711-9020

If you have taken the TSI at another school or institution, please let us know by filling out this form.

What can I expect from the TSI exam?

The TSI exam is composed of three subjects: writing, reading, and math. The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. The average time to complete all 3 sections of the test is 3–5 hours. The TSI assessment’s writing section is composed of two subsections: an essay and multiple choice. The other sections are multiple choice.

What do my TSI scores mean?

The TSI test is not a pass/fail test. The TSI test results are an indicator for types of courses you can enroll in at TJC. If you place below the scores in the chart below you may need to enroll in non-credit developmental classes before taking college-level courses. 

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 a 4 and an essay score of at least 5

When do I take the pre-assessment?

Before you take the TSI, you must participate in the Pre-Assessment Activity (it's the law!). You will not be allowed to take the TSI until you have completed this activity. 

The Pre-Assessment includes the following:

  • Learn what's on the TSI and why doing well matters
  • Try your hand on some sample test questions
  • Receive your certificate for completing this mandatory activity
  • Finish in 30 minutes or less

Can I retake the TSI?

Yes. You may retest at any time.

How much does it cost to take the TSI at TJC?

  • One section: $12 
  • Two sections: $24
  • Entire Test: $35

What should I bring with me to the testing center on the day of the test?

  • Government or school-issued ID: TJC ID, drivers license, passport
  • Pre-assessment certificate

How should I study for the TSI exam?

Tsi coverIt is highly recommended that you prepare for the TSI, so the exams accurately reflect your placement in reading, writing, English, and mathematics. Follow the sample questions and study guide below before you complete the TSI pre-assessment.