The TSI Assessment
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was instituted by the Texas Legislature to ensure that students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college level course work. Entering college students are required to demonstrate their college readiness by meeting established minimum standards on TSI Assessments in math, reading and writing or by demonstrating an exemption for each area. Those students who do not meet these standards are required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses designed to improve their academic skills and prepare them for college level courses.
See the University of Houston TSI Overview for more information about the exemption, testing, and remediation process.
TSI AssessmentPassing Scores
The minimumpassing score for each TSI Assessment section is set by the state:
- Reading: a score ranging from 351 to 390;
- Writing: a multiple choice score of at least 350 and an essay score of 5, OR a multiple choice score of at least 363 and an essay score of 4;
- Mathematics: a score ranging from 350 to 390.
TSI Assessment Fees
The fees for taking the TSI Assessments will be billed toyour myUH student account, as follows:
- TSI Assessment Mathematics: $10.00
- TSI Assessment Reading: $10.00
- TSI Assessment Writing, Multiple Choice: $10.00
- TSI Assessment Writing, Essay: $10.00
Taking the TSI Assessment at UH Testing Services
1. Complete the state-required online Pre-Assessment Activity. You will need to create an account on the UH Testing Services website. You may use the same username and password for all three Pre-Assessment Activities.
§ Mathematics: exams.uh.edu/tsipaamath
§ Reading: exams.uh.edu/tsipaareading
§ Writing: exams.uh.edu/tsipaawriting
2. Check your email for your unique access code for each assessment you plan to take— each Pre-Assessment Activity has a different code that will be sent to you upon completion.
3. Register to take the TSI assessment at UH Testing Services.
4. Arrive to take the TSI Assessment at UH Testing Services, Room 204 Student Service Center 1, with the following items:
§ Email that contains the Pre-Assessment Code ;
§ The TSI Assessment Registration Confirmation form; and
§ A valid ID
5. Your scores will be extracted and uploaded to your myUH account, and your TSI status updated, in approximately 24-48 hours. (Note that if you are attempting to enroll in courses sooner than that, you may send your scores as a scanned attachment to TSI@uh.edu for quicker review). Review your scores to ensure you have passed; understand how to interpret your scores. If you have not passed one of the TSI assessments, you will be given a diagnostic profile of your performance. You are permitted to retake each TSI Assessment, however you are encouraged to take time to prepare first.
Taking the TSI Assessment Remotely
If you do not live in the Houston area, that is more than 25 miles from UH it may be possible for you to complete your TSI Assessment requirements remotely. This is done by requesting a voucher form the UH Testing Center so your test scores can be up loaded to your student records efficiently.
- Follow steps 1 and 2 above to complete the UH Pre-Assessment Activity—you will need the emailed codes for the next step.
- Complete the Off-Campus TSI Remote Testing Request form.
- Based on the information you provide, our testing staff will determine the best off-campus TSI testing option for you:
§ Remote Testing Center Option: If there is an approved remote Testing Center nearby you, UH Testing Services will generate a voucher for you to take the TSI Assessment there.
o You will schedule a time with that Testing Center to complete the TSI Assessment.
o Your scores will be made available to UH and uploaded to your myUH account.
o Standard UH Testing Center TSI Assessment fees will apply; an additional test proctoring fee may be established by the Institution where you take the assessment.
§ Virtual Testing Option: If there is not an approved remote Testing Center convenient,UH Testing Services will generate a voucher and arrange for you to take the TSI Assessment via College Board B-Virtual testing software.
o You will need a stable Internet connection, with working speakers, a standard web camera, and a distraction free room.
o You will receive instructions to schedule a virtual testing session.
o Your scores will be made available to UH and uploaded to your myUH account.
o Standard TSI Assessment fees will apply, in addition to a $25 B-Virtual Test fee.
- Alternatively, if you have previously taken the TSI Assessment at another Testing Center in the state, you may request your scores to be submitted to the University of Houston by granting us access to extract your scores. Please complete the attached form, sign and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
TSI Assessment Content
TSI AssessmentMathematics (College-ReadinessCut-Score: a score ranging from 350 to 390)
The TSI Assessments Mathematics is amultiple-choice assessment that covers the four content areas listed below.There are approximately 20 items on the TSI placement test and 10 items in eachsection of the TSI diagnostic test.
§ ElementaryAlgebra and Functions measures your knowledge of linear equations,inequalities and systems; algebraic expressions and equations; and wordproblems and applications.
§ IntermediateAlgebra and Functions measures your knowledge of quadratic and otherpolynomial expressions, equations and functions; expressions, equations andfunctions involving powers, roots and radicals; and rational and exponentialexpressions, equations and functions.
§ Geometryand Measurement measures your knowledge of plane geometry;transformations and symmetry; and linear, area and three dimensionalmeasurements.
§ DataAnalysis, Statistics and Probability measures your knowledge ofinterpreting categorical and quantitative data, statistical measures andprobabilistic reasoning.
TSI Assessment Reading (College-Readiness Cut-Score: a score ranging from 351 to 390)
TSI Assessment Reading is a multiple-choice assessment that covers the four content areas listed below.There are approximately 24 items on the TSI placement test and 10 to 12 items in each section of the TSI diagnostic test.
§ Literary Analysis measures your skill in identifying and analyzing ideas in and elements of literary texts.
§ Main Idea and Supporting Details measures your skill in identifying the main idea of a passage and in comprehending explicit textual information in a passage.
§ Inferences in a Text or Texts measures your skill in synthesizing ideas by making a connection or comparison between two passages and in making an appropriate inference about single passages.
Author’s Use of Language measures your skill in identifying an author’s purpose, tone, organization, or rhetorical strategies and use of evidence and in determining the meaning of words in context.
TSI Assessment Writing (College-Readiness Cut-Score: Essay score of 5, or an essay score of 4 and a multiple choice section ranging from 363 to 390)
The TSI Assessment Writing contains a multiple-choice section and an essay section.
The TSI Assessment Writing Multiple-Choice measures your skills in the four content areas. There are approximately 20 items on the placement test and 10 items in each section of the diagnostic test.
§ Essay Revision measures your ability to provide coherence,organization and good word choice and your ability to achieve rhetorical effectiveness and use evidence.
§ Agreement measures your ability to perform subject–verb agreement and pronoun agreement as well as your ability to determine verb tenses.
§ Sentence Structure measures your knowledge of topics like comma splices and run-on sentences; improper punctuation; fragments and parallelism;and subordination and coordination.
§ Sentence Logic measures your ability to correctly place modifying phrases and clauses and your ability to use logical transitions.
The TSI Assessment Writing Essay involves writing a five-paragraph persuasive essay on a controversial issue or one of current interest. You are expected to clearly state a main idea and provide specific examples and details to back up your main idea, as well as follow conventions of standard English. The use of a dictionary or other outside resources are not allowed, however scratch paper will be provided at the testing center to plan your essay and compose your rough drafts.
TSI Assessment PracticeResources
- TSI Assessment/Accuplacer Web-Based Study App, College Board
- TSI Practice Questions, College Board
- Sample Essays
- Interpreting Your Scores