Testing Services

TSI Assessment

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.

Exemptions and Remediation please see the University of Houston TSI Overview

Taking the TSI Assessment at UH Testing Services

1.    Complete the state-required online Pre-Assessment ActivityYouwill 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:  http://testing.las.uh.edu/

4.  Arrive to take the TSI Assessment at UH Testing Services, Room 204 Student Service Center 1, 4365 Cougar Village Drive, Houston, Texas 77204 (Building #524 on the campus map) with the following items:

a)Email that contains the TSI Pre-Assessment code

b) Your TSI Registration form; and

c) An original, non-expired government issued 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 at an Institution other than UH

1.    Complete the state-required online Pre-Assessment ActivityYou 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.    Complete the Off-Campus TSI Remote Testing Request form.

4.  Based on the information you provide, our testing staff will determine the best off-campus TSI testing option for you: if there is an approved remote testing site in your area, we will recommend that site. If there is not a testing site near you, we will schedule the assessment with a virtual remote proctor through Examity.

5.    voucher will be generated for you to take the TSI Assessment at a location that is closest to where you live. The email containing the Voucher will come from Accuplacer NoReply@accuplacer.info. Please allow this email.

6. When you receive the voucher, schedule a time with that Testing Center to complete the TSI Assessment.

7. One the day of the scheduled test date, take the following items with you to the Test Center:

a)   Your voucher

b)   Your TSI Pre-Assessment code

c)   An original, non-expired government issued ID

UH Testing Center TSI Assessment fees will apply and an additional test proctoring fee will be assessed by the Institution where you take the assessment. If your exam is administered through Examity an additional $25.00 fee proctoring fee will be assessed by the University of Houston.

Your scores will be extracted and uploaded to your myUH account, and your TSI status updated, in approximately 48-72 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.

How to Submit your TSI Assessment Scores from another institution or High School

If you have taken the TSI Assessment at another institution in Texas or at your high school, you can give our office permission to retrieve your scores from that institution. Please complete the Permission for TSI Score Release Form,

Your scores will be extracted and uploaded toyour myUH account, and your TSI status updated, in approximately 48-72 hours.(Note that if you are attempting to enroll in courses sooner than that, you maysend your scores as a scanned attachment to TSI@uh.edu for quicker review).Review your scores to ensure youhave passed; understand how to interpret your scoresIf you have not passed one of the TSI assessments, you will be given adiagnostic profile of your performance. You are permitted to retake each TSIAssessment, however you are encouraged to take time to prepare first.

        TSI Assessment Passing Scores

        The minimum passing score for each TSI Assessment section is set by the state:

§  Reading: a score ranging from 351 to 390;

§  Writing: a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4,and an essay score of at least 5;

§  Mathematics: a score ranging from 350 to 390.

            TSI Assessment Fees

            The fees for taking the TSI Assessments will be billed to your 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 

    § TSI All Components(Math,Reading, and Writing): $40.00 

      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-ReadinessCut-Score: A placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a4; or a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of atleast 4, and an essay score of at least 5)

      The TSI Assessment Writing contains a multiple-choice section andan essay section.

      The TSI Assessment Writing Multiple-Choice measures yourskills in the four content areas. There are approximately 20 items on theplacement test and 10 items in each section of the diagnostic test.

      §  EssayRevision measures your ability to provide coherence, organizationand good word choice and your ability to achieve rhetorical effectiveness anduse evidence.

      §  Agreement measuresyour ability to perform subject–verb agreement and pronoun agreement as well asyour ability to determine verb tenses.

      §  SentenceStructure measures your knowledge of topics like comma splices andrun-on sentences; improper punctuation; fragments and parallelism; andsubordination and coordination.

      §  Sentence Logic measures your abilityto correctly place modifying phrases and clauses and your ability to uselogical 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.

      You may sign up online @ https://testing.las.uh.edu