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TSI Assessment

What’s the Texas Success Initiative?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is the statute that requires all Texas public institutions of higher education to determine the readiness of all non-exempt, entering undergraduate students to enroll in freshman-level academic courses (see TEC, 51.336). Students are able to qualify for exemption by subject area in a number of ways, including meeting college readiness benchmarks on the SAT® or ACT® , or successfully completing a high school College Preparatory Course. (For a complete list of exemptions, see below under “TSIA2 Exemptions”). Undergraduate students who enter without an exemption are required to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2).
 

What’s the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0

The Texas Assessment Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is the assessment instrument used to determine college readiness for non-exempt students, as required by the Texas Success Initiative. TSIA2 helps determine whether you’re ready for college-level coursework in English language arts and reading (ELAR) and mathematics. These are foundational subjects for your other college coursework. The results of TSIA2, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisers and counselors to place you in the appropriate courses that match your achievement level.
 
The fees for the TSI Assessment are as follows:
Test
Fee
ELAR
$10.00
Math
$10.00
All
$20.00
To make an appointment at the Clarendon Campus, call the Testing Center at 806-874-4820.

To make an appointment at the Clarendon College Pampa Center, call 806-660-2025.

To make an appointment at the Clarendon College Childress Center call 940-937-2001.

 

 
Exemptions

You do not have to take the TSI Assessment test if you:

  • Have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education; or
  • Have transferred from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution; or
  • Have previously attended any institution of higher education and have been determined to have met college readiness standards by that institution; or
  • Are student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college; or
  • Are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment; or
  • On or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or
  • Are enrolled at Clarendon College on a temporary basis as a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.


The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment:

 

SAT (administered prior to March 2016):

  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math;
  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the critical reading test for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing

SAT (administered on or after March 5, 2016):

  • A minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math (no combined score required);
  • A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing (no combined score required)

Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable. 
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the SAT test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

 ACT
A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with:

  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
TAKS

  • A minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • 2200 in English Language Arts–with a writing sub-score of 3–for an exemption in reading and writing.

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their 11th grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment

  • Algebra II – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in mathematics
  • English III – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in integrated reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

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All test scores must be documented on an official document (transcript). Faxes, student score reports, or Xerox copies are not considered official.

Students may be required to participate in Clarendon College local assessments prior to enrollment in certain subjects. Please check with an academic advisor for further information as to which test/assessment is required.
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Who must take the TSI test?
Unless otherwise exempt or waived, all students registering at a Texas public college must take the TSI test.
When do I have to take the TSI test?
The test must be taken before you can enroll in any college-level course at any Texas public institution of higher education.
What test instruments are used for TSI?
Beginning January 2020 TSIA2 Assessment; If enrolled prior to August 28, 2013: ACCUPLACER, ACT Compass, ASSET, and THEA (formerly TASP).
Which of the tests described above is the "official" TSI test?
Beginning August 28, 2013, the new TSI Assessment will be the only recognized TSI placement test in Texas.
How do I register and pay for the TSI test?
All prospective students of Clarendon College must contact Student Services to arrange to take the TSI Assessment. 
What happens if I do not pass all three sections of the TSI Test?
Students who initially fail to be placed at college level on a portion of the TSI cannot take a college-level course in the failed subject area until they complete the required developmental courses and/or retest.  
Dual credit students are not permitted to take developmental courses while in a high school program.
Can institutions require students to make a higher score than the state's minimum as a prerequisite to certain courses?
No. Beginning in Fall 2013, all institutions in Texas are required to use the same passing scores on the new TSI Assessment.
For any other questions about the new TSI Assessment, contact the Student Services Office at 806-874-4820.
 
 
 
TSI Pre-Assessment Activity
The Texas Success Initiative Pre-Assessment Activity is designed to improve student success in college.
Incoming college students should register as New Users. You can then return and complete the Pre-Assessment by logging in asExisting Users. Be sure to activate your account with the link sent to your email address.
This Pre-Assessment Activity page is administered by Amarillo College, and Clarendon College students are granted access to it through the Panhandle Community College Connection (PC3).  For questions about the page's purpose or usage, please call the AC Help Desk, (806) 371-5000.
 
 
 
 
Additional Information on the New TSI Assessment

TSI Assessment Math Sample Questions

TSI Assessment Essay Test Guide with Sample Essays

 
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