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.
TSI flexibility during COVID-19
COVID-19 Update: Masks will be required for all TSI testing on-campus starting July 1. Please bring your mask, or if you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are allowing temporary flexibility on TSI testing. Newly admitted TJC students who are not TSI tested or exempt can meet with academic advising and receive assistance registering for fall classes. You will have until August 1 to complete TSI requirements for your fall classes to remain uninterrupted. Please reach out to academic advising to schedule a virtual advising session at TJCAdvising@tjc.edu and include your A number and major.
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)
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.
Pricing for TJC Students
As part of TJC’s effort to assist students in their college journey, we have reduced costs of TSI Testing:
- One Exam - $8
- Two Exams - $15
- Three Exams - $20
Pricing for Non-TJC Students
- One Exam - $15
- Two Exams - $25
- Three Exams - $35
You can take the TSI test...
...at your high school
Take the TSI test at your high school and the scores will be sent with your official transcript.
...online or at a remote testing center
Take the TSI test online at home by using our remote proctoring system.
...at TJC during normal business hours
Come to TJC during testing center hours and your scores will automatically be entered into our system.
...at TJC during Fast Track
Come to one of our Fast Track events during the summer to take the TSI and be advised for fall classes. Click here to RSVP.
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:
|Main Campus & TJC West Testing Center Hours of Operation|
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 www.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:
Mail: Tyler Junior College
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|
|Writing||Placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4
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.
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?
It 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.