The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is a program designed to correctly place students in coursework that is best suited to their skill level. The TSI Mathematics and Statistics test is one of three exams used to measure the college coursework level appropriate for incoming students. Students who successfully pass the TSI exam prove that they have what it takes to successfully complete college-level coursework. Receiving a low score on the exam requires you to take remedial level coursework.
The entire TSI exam is composed of a writing, reading, and math section. You will be given up to five hours to complete the entire exam.
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Is the TSI test part of the enrollment process for all students?
No. The TSI test is usually only given to students who do not appear to be ready for college-level work. Factors such as your SAT score, your ACT exam score, your STAAR score, and your EOC score influence whether or not you need to take the TSI test. In order to avoid taking the TSI Mathematics and Statistics test, you will need to score at least a 530 on the SAT, and for the ACT you will need to score at least a 19. For those taking the STAAR exam, you will need to score 2000 points on the writing and reading sections, and 4000 points on the mathematics section.
How much does it cost to take the TSI test?
Test fees vary from school to school, so the best thing you can do is contact your school of choice for information about test fees.
How is the exam formatted?
The TSI test is computer-based and is composed of 20 multiple-choice questions. The test is computer adaptive. This means that your answers affect the difficulty of the test. The more answers you get correct, the harder the test gets. The computer questions are not timed, so be sure to answer each question as best you can.
What score do I need to get on the TSI Mathematics and Statistics exam in order to pass?
There is no pass or fail score for the TSI exam. In order to avoid having to take remedial classes, a test taker will need to score at least a 350 on the TSI test.
What will the TSI Mathematics and Statistics exam test me on?
The TSI Mathematics and Statistics exam tests you on the following:
- Elementary Algebra and Functions – this section contains 6 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. You will be tested on algebraic expressions and equations; word problems and applications; and linear equations, inequalities, and systems.
- Intermediate Algebra and Functions – there are 9 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. This section will test your knowledge of expressions, equations, and functions; rational and exponential expressions, equations, and functions; and quadratic and other polynomial expressions, equations, and functions.
- Geometry and Measurement – this section contains 2 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. You will be tested on plane geometry; measurements including linear, three-dimensional, and area; transformations and symmetry; and modeling and applications.
- Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability – there are 3 items on the placement test and 10 items on the diagnostic test. You will be tested on statistical measurements; interpreting categorical and quantitative data; and probabilistic reasoning.
Be prepared to encounter graphs and charts. Be sure to pay extra attention to word problems and utilize the scratch paper provided to you. If you do well on the placement test, you will not need to take the diagnostic test.
What will test day be like?
On the day of the exam, be sure to arrive at least fifteen minutes early. You will need to have with you a government-issued photo identification. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing room with you. You will be given anywhere between three to five hours to complete the test.
Am I permitted to bring my calculator?
Unfortunately, no. You are not allowed to bring a calculator on the day of the exam. However, there may be an onscreen calculator for you to use.
When will I receive my test results?
You will receive your test results the same day you complete the TSI test. If you pass the exam, you may send the results to your college of choice and may continue the enrollment process.
If I fail the TSI test, will I have to choose a different college to attend?
No way! The purpose of the TSI exam is to help you to succeed in your college coursework. Receiving a low score on the test just means that you will need to take courses that are not too advanced for you. Your college advisor will help you to choose courses that are tailored to your skill level.
Can I retake the TSI test?
Yes. If you score low on the TSI test, you can retake it whenever you feel ready. Retake policies differ from school to school and there may be a retake fee. This is why it is important to dedicate a good amount of studying time before retaking the TSI test.
Is there a way that I can study for the TSI test?
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