Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take the TSIA?

All new students enrolling in a Texas Public Institution of Higher Educations must take the TSIA to determine college readiness unless they qualify for an exemption. Visit TSIA Exemptions for a list of exemptions.

What is the cost of the TSIA? 

The full TSI battery (math, reading, writing, and essay) costs $29 or $10 per section.

How much time do I get to take the TSIA? 

The TSI Assessment is untimed. The average time to complete all three sections is three to five hours.

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

Valid/current, non-expired government issued photo ID.
Assessment Authorization Form (AA Form) received from Enrollment or Advising.
Receipt of payment

Am I allowed to bring a calculator to the test? 

You may NOT use your own calculator for the TSIA. A calculator is imbedded in the test and will enable for the questions it is allowed to be used on.  

What are the passing scores?

Writing College Readiness: 

  • A placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4; OR
  • A placement score of less than 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and an essay score of at least 5.

Reading College Readiness: 351

Math College Readiness: 350

Can I retake the TSIA?   

Yes, you may retake the TSI Assessment.  However, before retesting, it is strongly recommended that you spend time preparing for the section or sections needed. The cost for retesting is $10 per section and prepayment is required. You will not be able to retest the same day as the initial testing. 

How long does it take to get scores? 

The TSI assessment is scored immediately upon completion. You will be given one copy and you will also receive an unofficial copy of scores via email.

What do I do after I complete my test?  

You will meet with your advisor to review your scores and determine your course selections. 

Contact Us

For more information about the TSI Assessment and how to register, visit https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/testing-services/ or email hcc.testing@hccs.edu