TSI Reading Practice Test

The free TSI Reading practice test is specifically designed to ensure that the test-taker is knowledgeable about the TSI and is able to know what to expect when it is time to take the Reading portion of the TSI.

TSI Reading Practice Test

The Texas Success Initiative Reading test is one of three tests given to measure an incoming college student’s academic skill level in order to assign them the appropriate college courses. Your score on the TSI test determines whether you will need to take remedial courses in college. Scoring high on the TSI test means you may take college-level courses without needing to take remedial courses first. Before taking the TSI test, all students must take a pretest.

Is there a fee for the exam?

There is a fee, but the fee varies from school to school. Be sure to contact your school or university to find out what the fee is.

Who is exempt from taking the test?

The test is given to students who seem to not be fully prepared for college-level work. Those exempt from taking the TSI test include:

  • Individuals serving or served on active duty as a member of the United States Military.
  • Students who are enrolled in a certificate program.
  • Students already completing college-level English and math courses with a passing grade.
  • Those students who scored high on tests, including the SAT, ACT, and STAAR assessment may also be exempt from taking the TSI test. An individual will have needed to score a 500 in reading and math on the SAT, a 3 in writing, or a 19 for English and math on the ACT. For those taking STAAR exams, in order to be considered for exemption, you will need to score at least 2000 points in writing and reading, and 4000 points in algebra.

Where can I take the TSI exam?

The exam can be taken at pretty much any college, university, or assessment center that administers the TSI test. The school you plan to attend may also offer the test onsite. Contact your school for additional information about where you will be taking the test.

What is the format of the exam?

The TSI Reading test a computer-based, multiple-choice test, consisting of 24 questions on the placement test and 10-12 questions on the diagnostic test. The TSI exam is computer adaptive. Computer adaptive means that the test progressively becomes more difficult with each question you answer correctly. There is no time limit for taking the TSI test, so be sure to answer every question to the best of your ability.

What will the TSI Reading exam test me on?

The reading exam is a mix of straightforward questions and questions that are a bit more challenging. You will be tested on the following:

  • Main Idea and Supporting Details – this section includes 5 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. This section contains single informational/expository passages. You will need to identify the main idea of the passages. You will also need to be able to comprehend explicit textual information contained in the passages.
  • Literary Analysis – this section contains 4 questions on the placement test and 12 questions on the diagnostic test. You will be tested on fiction and literary non-fiction passage-based items. You will be tasked with identifying and analyzing ideas in literary texts.
  • Inferences in a Text or Texts – this section includes 8 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. You will be tasked with making an inference about a single passage. You will also need to synthesize ideas by making either a connection or a comparison between two different passages.
  • Authors’ Use of Language – this section contains 7 questions on the placement test and 10 questions on the diagnostic test. This section will test your knowledge of identifying an author’s tone, purpose, organization, or rhetorical strategies. You may also be asked to figure out the meaning of words in context.
TSI Reading Practice Test

Is there a pass/fail score on the TSI test?

There is no pass/fail score on the test. However, in order to take college-level courses, a test-taker must receive at least a 351. Getting a low score on the test may mean spending more time in college completing the necessary course work.

What will the day of the exam be like?

You will want to arrive at your test site at least fifteen minutes early to avoid being late. You will need to have with you government-issued photo identification. Personal belongings such as cell phones or other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam room with you. Check with your testing site to see if they offer storage for personal belongings.

When will I receive my test results?

Your test results will be available to you immediately upon completion of your exam. If you get a high score on the TSI exam, you may send the results to the college you plan on attending to continue the enrollment process.

What if I don’t get a high score on the test?

If you take the test and end up getting a low score, you may take it again. There is no limit to how many times someone can take the TSI test. However, it is recommended that you take some time to study instead of immediately scheduling another testing appointment. Getting a low score on the TSI exam does not disqualify you from attending the college you want to go to, but the higher the grade you get, the lower your chances of having to take prerequisite courses.

How can I study for the TSI test?

The best way to prepare for the TSI test is to begin studying as soon as possible. Mometrix Test Preparation offers an in-depth study guide along with flashcards specifically designed to help students prepare for the TSI test. The goal of Mometrix is to help test-takers study efficiently and effectively. Our study guide and flashcards not only help you study, but they also offer practice questions similar to the ones you will find on the actual exam. Mometrix helps you to apply what you learn so that on the day of your test, you will be ready to score high.