TSI Assessment

TJC does not have an admissions test. However, Texas law requires a TSI Assessment* or an approved alternative test for all non-exempt students prior to enrolling in any college-level course work. If you plan to enroll at TJC, you must have a TJC admissions application on file before testing. 


  • If you have already taken the TSI Assessment at another institution, please fill out this form, which 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 scores to the Registrar’s Office to be qualified for an exemption. 
    1. ACT: Scored a 23 or higher on the ACT composite and a minimum of 19 on both the English and math tests
    2. SAT: (after March 5, 2016): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) minimum score of 480, Mathematics minimum score of 530 (no combined score needed)
    3. 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 all exemptions

How to Study for the TSI

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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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What if I don't pass?
If you do not pass one or all parts (reading, writing, and math) of the TSI Assessment, you may be required to enroll in developmental education coursework or accelerated intervention before you can enroll in a college credit course for the subject in which you did not pass. In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time.

You may retake the TSI at any time to determine your college readiness. Developmental courses cost the same as a college-level course but do not count towards a certificate or degree program and do not transfer. 

When is the TSI Assessment test administered?

Fall and Spring Semester hours (mid August - mid May)

Monday - Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Saturday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.


What do I bring?
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. Read more on the TSI Test Day Checklist.

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.

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.

*In accordance with HB 1224, TSI placement scores are under review and subject to change.