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Upcoming TSI Dates

April 27, 2019, 8:15 - 2:00 PM (Byron Nelson)
April 27, 2019, 9:00 - 2:00 PM (Steele)
May 4, 2019, 9:00 - 2:00 PM (Eaton)
May 11, 2019, 8:15 - 2:00 PM (Byron Nelson)

Why do I need to take the TSI Assessment?

All college students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness for college-level coursework. Based on how a student performs on the TSI, he/she may be either be allowed to enroll in a college course or placed in a developmental course to help improve his/her skills and the likelihood of success.

In some cases, your SAT or ACT scores may qualify you to be exempt from all or part of the TSI Assessment. See your counselor for details.

How much does the TSI cost?

Northwest ISD students are not required to pay to take the TSI.

When and where do I test?

The TSI Assessment is offered at the college you wish to attend. Visit their website and follow their procedures to sign up for testing.


NISD students may also take the TSI Assessment in NISD at any of the testing sites below. The deadline to sign up for a testing session is Friday one week before the test. (Example: Nov. 10 deadline is Nov. 2)

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. Although it is allowed, it is NOT recommended that you attempt all three sections in one sitting.

What happens if I do not finish the test?

You have 14 calendar days to complete the test. If you do not complete the test within that 14-day period, you will have to begin again with Question 1 on the section of the test where you stopped.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

A government-issued photo identification or current campus ID badge.

Can I bring a calculator to the test?

No. Calculators are not allowed.  No study materials, reference materials, or calculators may be used during the test. Cell phones and all other communication devices are strictly prohibited in the testing room.

How do I interpret my scores?

Your counselor will be able to help you interpret your scores.

Please note that colleges have varying admissions policies. It is the responsibility of the student to work with their college admissions office to ensure that they meet the enrollment requirements of each college they plan to attend. If you have additional questions about the TSI Assessment or need further guidance please contact your school counselor or the admissions and advising office at the college you plan to attend.