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TSI Assessment

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 or ACT exams, 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.

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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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

Pricing for Non-TJC Students

  • English, Language Arts, & Reading Exam - $15
  • Math Exam - $15

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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.

Why is the TSI Important?

TJC uses TSI scores to help find courses that are best for your academic success.

I have taken the TSI already. How can I access my scores?

Use the student portal to locate your TSI scores by going to https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/

When can I take the TSI at TJC?

If you plan to see an academic advisor on the same day after completing the TSI exam, plan on starting the exam no later than 10am if possible.

 Central Campus & TJC West Testing Center Hours of Operation
  • Monday-Friday:  8 a.m.-5 p.m. All exam start times: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. All exam start times: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed except for special registration events
Central Campus Testing Center Summer Hours of Operation (Jun. 1 - Aug. 24)

In addition to normal hours of operation:

  • Saturday: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. All exam start times: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • There will be no Saturday testing the July 4th weekend


Do I Need An Appointment To Take The TSI?

No appointment is required and walk-ins are welcome. However, if you would like to secure an appointment, you can do so by going to tjctesting.setmore.com.

Do I Need To Be A TJC Student To Take The TSI Exam?

Any student is welcome to take the TSI at TJC. However, during periods of high volume, priority testing will be provided to TJC students and the pricing discount only applies to TJC students.

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: TJC
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 four subjects: English, Language Arts, Reading, and Math. 

How long does the TSI Assessment take?

The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. The average time to complete all 3 sections of the test is 3–5 hours.

What do my TSI scores mean?

The TSI test is not a pass/fail test. The TSI test results are an indicator of the 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 950-990 OR 910-949 and Diagnostics Score of 6 or Higher
English, Language Arts, & Reading

945-990 AND an Essay Score of 5-8
OR 910-944, Diagnostics Score of 5 or 6 AND an Essay score of 5-8

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.

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.

If the TSI is not pass or fail, why should I study?

Studying for the TSI can help you place into higher-level courses - saving you money and helping you earn your degree faster.

Is there a study app I can access?

Yes, studying is easy with the free study app, giving you access to practice anytime, anywhere. Go to Accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org to access the app 

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
  • Please refer to the test-day checklist

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.