•  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.

    Can I be exempt from taking the TSI? 

    Students are exempt from individual areas of testing if any one of the following is met:     


    ACT: Composite 23 and English 19
    SAT: Composite 1070*and Critical Reading/Verbal 500
    TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3
    STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on English III


    ACT: Composite 23 and Math 19
    SAT: Composite 1070* and Math 500
    TAKS: Math 2200
    STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on Algebra II


    ACT: Composite 23 and English 19
    SAT: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500
    TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3
    STAAR: End-of-course score of 2 on English III


    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 with cash, credit/debit card, check or money order.

    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. 


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     TSI Testing Dates:         

    August 2016

    Monday, August 1st                8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, August 2nd  8:00 AM
    Monday, August 8th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, August 9th 8:00 AM
    Saturday, August 13th 9:00 AM
    Monday, August 15th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, August 16th 8:00 AM
    Wednesday, August 17th 8:00 AM
    Thursday, August 18th 8:00 AM
    Friday, August 19th      8:00 AM
    Monday, August 22nd 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM  
    Friday, August 26th 8:00 AM
    Monday, August 29th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, August 30th 8:00 AM

    During Express Registration, TSI Exams will be administered in the St. Clair Building, Room 120.  Please bring your valid, unexpired photo ID, proof of payment and know your social security number.  It is highly recommended to schedule for any test dates in advance.  

    September 2016

    Tuesday, September 6th        8:00 AM
    Saturday, September 10th 9:00 AM
    Monday, September 12th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 13th 8:00 AM
    Friday, September 16th 8:00 AM
    Monday, September 19th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 20th 8:00 AM
    Monday, September 26th 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 27th 8:00 AM



    If a testing date is at capacity, examinees may still come to the testing session as a Standby test taker.  Standby 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, 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.