TSI Information

TSI Information

TSI Now Available

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


Before you sign up

  • IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE REMOTE TSI – 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.
  • Complete your Pre-Assessment Activity.


On January 11, 2021, the launch of TSIA2 will begin. The new TSIA2 will replace the current TSI Assessment. If your TSI Assessment meets the readiness benchmark for your college, your scores will be valid for 5 years.

  • The TSIA2 will have different scoring from the TSI Assessment.
  • The TSIA2 will consist of 2 parts (Reading/Writing are now combined) and Mathematics.
  • The diagnostic level for the TSIA2 will only have one level and will be released at the end of the year.
  • Price of the new assessment is yet to be determined.

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?

Click here for a list of TSI exemptions.

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.

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

Del Mar College Testing Center will be implementing the following TSI pricing for examinees who schedule beginning September 1st, 2018:

$29.00 - Examinees taking three sections of the TSI exam

$20.00 - Examinees taking two sections of the TSI exam

$10.00 - Examinees taking one section of the TSI exam  

You may pay in person with cash, credit/debit card, check or money order OR you may pay online using 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 Practice Sites


If you are testing on the Writing portion of TSI, be aware that as of July 2017, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board lowered the minimum TSI Writing benchmark to enter into college level courses to the following:

  • TSI Writing Placement Score of 340+ AND 4 on the Essay OR Essay of 5+

Math and Reading scores will remain the same. For questions pertaining to TSI Scores, please contact the Testing Center at (361) 698-1645.

Begin your Pre-Assessment Activity

Pay and schedule your TSI exam

Page last updated November 2, 2020.

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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