TSIA2 Now Available

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is now being offered IN-PERSON and REMOTELY. 

Step 1: Complete Your Pre-Assessment Activity

Step 2: Register for the TSIA2 Exam

  • IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE REMOTE TSIA2 – Go to the Accuplacer System Requirements site to ensure your computer is compatible with the TSI. Your computer must have a camera and a microphone.
  • You CANNOT use a Chromebook, iPad, MacBook Air, or tablet to take this exam.
  • If you are receiving an error message or do not receive your Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) Verification ID within your inbox, spam, or junk folder, then please call our office for assistance at 361-698-1645.


On January 11, 2021, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board replaced the college placement exam TSIA with a new version called TSIA2.  The older version of TSIA will no longer be available and anybody testing for TSIA will be testing under the new TSIA 2.0 version. If you have taken the previous TSIA Assessment, your test scores are valid for a period of 5 years from the date of testing.

  • The TSIA2 is now TWO sections.
  • Reading & Writing tests will be combined into ONE English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR) & Math.
  • Mathematics section
    • College Readiness Classification (CRC) Test – 20 items
    • Diagnostic Test – 48 items
    • New College Readiness Benchmarks for Math
      • Math - CRC >= 950  or CRC<950 and Diagnostic Level 6
  • English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) section
    • College Readiness Classification (CRC) Test – 30 items
    • Diagnostic Test – 48 items
    • Essay - Persuasive (350-600 words)
    • New College Readiness Benchmarks for ELAR
      • ELAR – CRC >=945 and Essay >=5  or
        CRC<945 and Diagnostic Level >=5 and Essay >=5
    • Note: If the combination of your ELAR CRC and Diagnostic scores do not meet the benchmark level for college readiness, you will not be given an Essay prompt. Instead, your testing session is ended, and an individual score report is provided.
  • New Assessment Scores:  910 – 990; Essay 1-8
  • TSIA/TSIA2 scores are valid 5 years from date of testing.


  • New College Readiness Benchmarks for Math
    • Mathematics – CRC >= 950  or
    • CRC < 950 and Diagnostic Level 6                                
  • New College Readiness Benchmarks for ELAR
    • ELAR -- CRC >= 945 and Essay >=5  or
    • CRC < 945 and Diagnostic Level >= 5 and Essay >= 5

What is the Texas Success Initiative aSSESSMENT 2.0 (TSIA2)?

The TSIA2 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?

Click here for a list of TSI exemptions.

What should I expect during testing?

The entire TSIA2 exam is administered on the computer. The TSIA2 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.

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.

Testing Fees

Pricing for the TSIA2 is as follows:
ELAR – $15.00
MATH - $15.00
Entire TSIA2 - $30.00

Payment for TSIA2 can only be done online, with the link at the bottom of this page, using your debit or credit card. Note that there is a convenience fee charge with your online purchase.


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, anything on the wrists, 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

Free Official TSI App

  1. This app can be accessed through your computer, tablet or mobile device.
  2. Download the Official TSI App
  3. Click "Sign Up" and follow the steps.

Free Peer Tutoring at the Student Success Center

Information about Peer Tutoring locations and hours of operation.

Additional tsi resources

Pay and schedule your TSI exam

Page last updated May 20, 2022.

TSI Test Dates

Test times Mondays through Thursdays are at 9AM and 1PM, and Saturdays at 9AM only.

You must have a valid, unexpired photo ID in order to test. TSI dates are subject to change.

View Calendar (PDF)

May 2022

  • Thursday, May 12
  • Mon-Thur, May 16-19
  • Saturday, May 21
  • Mon-Thur, May 23-26
  • Closed Monday, May 30
  • Tuesday, May 31

June 2022

  • Wed-Thur, June 1-2
  • Mon-Thur, June 6-9
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Mon-Thur, June 13-16
  • Closed Monday, June 20
  • Tue-Thur, June 21-23
  • Mon-Thur, June 27-30

July 2022

  • Closed Monday, July 4
  • Tue-Thur, July 5-7
  • Saturday, July 9
  • Mon-Thur, July 11-14
  • Mon-Thur, July 18-21
  • Mon-Thur, July 25-28

August 2022

  • Mon-Thur, Aug. 1-4
  • Mon-Thur, Aug. 8-11
  • Saturday, Aug. 13
  • Mon-Thur, Aug. 15-18
  • Mon-Thur, Aug. 22-25
  • Mon-Wed, Aug. 29-31

Contact Information

Testing Center
Multiservice Center, Room 125
3013 Ayers Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-1645
Fax: (361) 698-2219

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