TSI Assessment

TJC does not have an admissions test. However, Texas law requires a TSI Assessment for all non-exempt undergraduate students entering a Texas public institution of higher learning for the purpose of placement.

Students have to take the TSI Assessment or an approved alternative test prior to enrolling in any college-level course work. (In accordance with HB 1224, TSI placement scores are under review and subject to change).

If you have already taken the TSI Assessment at another institution, please fill out the form that will give the Testing Services Department permission to access your scores through a state-wide database.

If you have already taken an approved SAT or ACT test in the past five years and achieved the following minimum test scores, please submit your ACT/SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office to be qualified for an exemption. 

ACT: Scored a 23 or higher on the ACT composite and a minimum of 19 on both the English and math tests

SAT: (after March 5, 2016): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) minimum score of 480, Mathematics minimum score of 530 (no combined score needed)

SAT: (prior to March 5, 2016): Earned a combined (verbal critical reading + math) SAT score of 1070, with a minimum score of 500 on both sections

See other exemptions

We will be conducting special TSI testing sessions on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last check-in time is 10 am).

  • May 19
  • May 20
  • June 9
  • June 10
  • June 30
  • July 1
  • July 7
  • July 8

These special sessions will be held in the Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building, 2nd Floor, in rooms 2.294 and 2.293. Please complete the Pre-Assessment Activity. On the day of the test, students must bring in the Pre-Assessment Activity certificate of completion, as well as a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, etc.

If you plan to enroll at TJC, you must have a TJC admissions application on file before testing. Request a testing voucher from the Admissions Office after submitting your application.

TSI Assessment Information

  • What is The TSI Assessment and what skills are tested?
    The TSI TEST is a computer-adaptive test measuring skills in Reading, Sentence Skills, Essay writing, and Mathematics.
  • Who is required to take the TSI Assessment?
    Any student who is attempting to enroll in college-level coursework at TJC who is not exempt from the testing requirements. Also, those students who plan on enrolling in level-two certificate programs (43 or more hours) are required to test.
  • When is the TSI Assessment test administered?
    Fall and Spring Semester hours (mid August - mid May) Summer semester hours

    Monday - Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon

    Monday - Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

    Saturday closed

    All testing is administered on a walk-in basis. You must have a photo ID to be eligible to test and you must submit proof of having completed a TSI Pre-Assessment Activity. Calculators, pencils and scratch paper are provided by the TJC Testing Center.
  • How much is the testing fee?
    • $35 - students and prospective students.
    • $50 - for non-students. Exact cash amount or check preferred.
  • Where do I pay my fees?
    Pay fees at the Testing Center located on the 2nd floor of Rogers Student Center OR the Cashier's office in the White Administrative Services Building. If paying by credit card, you must pay at the Cashier's office. 
  • How long does the test take to complete?
    Expect to devote 3 to 4 hours if taking all sections. This is an important test in determining which courses you are eligible to take. 

    **** Take your time, this test is important. Test slowly and seriously****
  • How do I prepare for the TSI Assessment? 
    You may complete a TSI Pre-Assessment exam here.