TSI (Texas Success Initiative) What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)? The TSI is a state mandate that requires testing to measure college-level readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. Your test scores will not impact your admission to DMC, but you will be required to meet with an Advisor and enroll in a mandatory developmental education program each semester if your scores do not meet certain requirements. Why is the TSI important? This test will determine which classes you will be required to take during your first and subsequent semesters at Del Mar College. Your scores will determine if you will be advised into mandatory developmental courses before beginning college level courses in math, reading, and writing. It is very important that you try your best in order to be placed accurately. Interpreting TSI Test Scores Can I be exempt from taking the TSI? Students are exempt from individual areas of testing if any one of the following is met: READING ACT: Composite 23 and English 19 SAT: Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (taken prior to March 2016) Evidence Based Reading and Writing 480+ (taken on or after March 2016) TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3 STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on English III MATH ACT: Composite 23 and Math 19 SAT: Composite 1070* and Math 500 (taken prior to March 2016) Math 530+ (taken on or after March 5, 2016) TAKS: Math 2200 STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on Algebra II WRITING ACT: Composite 23 and English 19 SAT: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (taken prior to March 2016) Evidence Based Reading and Writing 480+ (taken on or after March 5, 2016) TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3 STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on English III Additional Exemptions Veteran Status Active Military Duty or Reserve Status for at least 3 years Appropriate college coursework from another accredited institution Associate's or Bachelor's Degree *Test scores are valid for up to 5 years. All students taking college-level courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, unless they qualify for a TSI exemption, waiver or exception. Official documents must be submitted to the Student Enrollment Center for determining exemption. Exemptions are permanent and do not need to be renewed each semester. What should I expect during testing? The entire TSI exam is administered on the computer. The TSI exam is a computer adaptive exam, which means test questions are based on your response to the previous question. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. Because the exam is computer adaptive, once you answer a test question, you may not go back to change an answer. You may also be given an additional diagnostic exam in a particular subject to provide more detailed placement information. FEE: There is a testing fee of $29 to take the TSI exam. You may pay in person with cash, credit/debit card, check or money order OR you may now utilize our new online payment feature using your debit or credit card. Note that there is a $3.50 convenience fee charge with your online purchase. A valid photo ID, such as an unexpired driver’s license, student ID or passport is required to test. The test is untimed, but you should leave enough time to finish all sections of the exam. Each section can take up to two hours. What should I do with my personal belongings? Examinees are allowed to bring only items allowed by individual exams into the Testing Labs. Examinees may NOT bring any prohibited items into the Testing Labs, including but not limited to: backpacks, purses, wallets, cell phones, electronic devices, watches, noisy jewelry, food/drink, any unauthorized testing aid, etc... Examinees will be given a locker measuring 18(L) x 12(W) x 12(H) and key to place prohibited items. Items that do not fit into the locker need to be returned to the examinee's car, home or other secure area. Del Mar College is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Additional Practice for the TSI Exam 1. Free Official TSI App This app can be accessed through your computer, tablet or mobile device. Go to http://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org Click on Sign Up and follow the steps 2. Free Peer Tutoring at the Student Success Center Click here for Peer Tutoring locations and hours of operation. 3. Additional Practice Sites: http://ctle.hccs.edu/gcpass/PREPMath/prepmath.htm http://sites.austincc.edu/tsiprep/ http://www.lsco.edu/learningcenter/testprep.asp http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/thea/thea_test.htm TSI Testing Dates: March 2017 Saturday, March 4th 9:00 AM Monday, March 6th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 8th 8:00 AM Monday, March 20th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Monday, March 27th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 28th 8:00 AM April 2017 Monday, April 3rd 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Saturday, April 8th 9:00 AM Monday, April 10th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Monday, April 17th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Friday, April 21st 8:00 AM Monday, April 24th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Friday, April 28th 8:00 AM May 2017 Monday, May 1st 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 2nd 8:00 AM Friday, May 5th 8:00 AM Saturday, May 6th 9:00 AM Monday, May 8th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 9th 8:00 AM Friday, May 12th 8:00 AM Monday, May 15th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 16th 8:00 AM Friday, May 19th 8:00 AM Monday, May 22nd 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 23rd 8:00 AM Friday, May 26th 8:00 AM Tuesday, May 30th 8:00 AM If a testing date is at capacity, examinees may still come to the testing session as a Standby test taker. Stanby test takers need to report to the Testing Center at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled testing time with their test fee, valid (unexpired) photo ID, and Pre-Assessment Verification Form (if applicable). Standby test takers are not guaranteed a spot to test, however, once scheduled examinees are seated, Testing Staff will note "no-shows" and fill those seats with Standby test takers. Click here to begin your Pre-Assessment Activity. Online Payment F.A.Q.s Click here to pay and schedule your TSI exam.