The free TSI Writing 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 Writing portion of the TSI.
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The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing test is given to incoming college students to help place them in courses that are tailored to their skill level. The writing test is one of three TSI tests that a student must take to measure where they stand academically. The other exams include a Mathematics and Statistics exam and a Reading exam. Receiving a high score on the TSI Writing test means that you will not have to take remedial coursework in this subject area. Not only does the exam benefit educators, but it also benefits you because it prevents you from being placed in college classes you are not academically prepared for.
Do all students have to take the exam?
No. The TSI exam is only given to students who show a high risk of not succeeding in college-level coursework. Taking the exam also depends on a few other factors, such as low scores on the SAT, ACT, or STAAR tests. Students with SAT scores of 480 on the reading and writing sections and a 530 on the math section will result in that student not having to take the TSI exam. If you score 19 on the reading and math sections of the ACT, you will not have to take the TSI exam.
If you are currently serving or have served in the United States Military, you are also exempt from taking the TSI exam, and if you are currently enrolled in a certificate program, you do not have to take the exam.
Keep in mind that before you can take the TSI exam, you will have to complete a pretest, also called “pre-assessment activity.” This is mandatory and failure to complete the “pre-assessment activity” will hold you back from taking the TSI exam. This part of the TSI process is only about 30 minutes.
What is the point of “pre-assessment activity?”
This part of the TSI process is important because it gives you an overview of what the TSI exam is all about. It lets you know why the TSI exam is so important and why you should strive to do well. You will be given tips for success on the exam, what your scores mean, and practice quizzes.
Where is the TSI exam administered?
Mostly all colleges, universities, and testing centers administer the TSI exam. The school you plan on attending may also administer the exam, so be sure to contact them to find out if they offer it.
How is the exam formatted?
The TSI Writing exam is computer-based and consists of 20 questions on the placement exam and 10-12 questions on the diagnostic exam. The exam is untimed, so you do not have to worry about spending extra time on certain questions. It is also computer adaptive, meaning that it becomes more difficult with every question you answer correctly.
What will I be tested on?
The TSI Writing exam tests your knowledge of the following:
- Essay Revision – this section consists of 8 questions on the placement exam and 12 questions on the diagnostic exam. You will be tested on your ability to revise parts of an essay to improve its organization, coherence, word choice, etc.
- Agreement – this section consists of 3 items on the placement exam and 10 items on the diagnostic exam. You will be tested on subject-verb agreement; pronoun agreement; and verb tense.
- Sentence Structure – this section consists of 5 items on the placement exam and 10 items on the diagnostic exam. You will be tested on fragments; subordination and coordination, and parallelism; comma splices, and run-on sentences; and improper punctuation.
- Sentence Logic – this section consists of 4 items on the placement exam and 10 items on the diagnostic exam. You will be tested on your ability to logically arrange the parts of sentences. This includes the use of logical transitions.
You will also need to write an organized and coherent 300-600-word essay. You will be given a prompt and will need to expand on it.
What will the day of the exam be like?
Make sure to arrive at least fifteen minutes early. If you are late for the exam, you may not be allowed inside the testing room. You must have a current, government-issued photo identification on you. Personal items, including cell phones, other electronic devices, bags, etc. are not allowed inside the testing room with you.
What score do I need to get on the test in order to pass?
Although there is no pass or fail score. The score that you need to get in order to avoid taking remedial courses is a 340 or higher.
Will I receive my results the same day?
Yes. You will receive your test results immediately upon completion of the exam. Once you receive your results, you may send them to your college of choice.
What does receiving a low score on the TSI exam mean?
If you get a low score on the exam, you may retake it as many times as you need to. A low score will not keep you from attending the school of your choice; it just means that you will need to take remedial coursework before moving on to college-level coursework. This may mean an extra semester or two in college.
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