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TSI (Texas Success Initiative)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to determine if a student is ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  This program will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet the student's needs and to assist in becoming better prepared for college-level course work.


Beginning August 26, 2013, the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment was enacted for all Texas public colleges and universities.  Any new student who has not earned credit through college course work prior to 8/26/13 or met a state approved exemption is subject to the new TSI Assessment requirement.  Previous TSI approved tests (Compass, Accuplacer, THEA, and Asset) are no longer accepted.

Collin College Testing Centers administer the TSI Assessment
to Collin students only. 

Exemptions
  • Student is exempt on the basis of SAT I scores (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying combined score of 1070 utilizing Reading and Math only, with 500 Reading and 500 Math.
  • Student is exempt on the basis of the ACT (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 23 composite, with 19 English and 19 Math.
  • Student is exempt on the basis of high school exit level TAKS (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 2200 Math and 2200 English Language Arts with Writing sub-score of 3.
  • Student is exempt on the basis of high school end of course STAAR (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of level 2 English III and level 2 Algebra II.
  • TSI exemption given by another Texas public institution. Official transcript must be on file to document exemption.
  • Student has an associate degree or higher from a United States regionally accredited institution.
  • Transfer student from a U.S. private or out-of-state regionally accredited institution with three or more credit level hours (C or better).
  • A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. Must provide a copy of DD214 to document exemption.
  • A student who is enrolled in a workforce certificate program of one year or less (42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent)
  • A non-degree-seeking student
Partial Exemptions
  • A student with an ACT Composite Score of 23 (or higher) are exempt from TSI Math with an ACT Math score of 19 (or higher) even though the ACT English may be less than 19. Students with an ACT Composite Score of 23 (or higher) are exempt from TSI Reading and TSI Writing with an ACT English score of 19 or higher, even though the math may be less than 19.
  • A student with a SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1070 (or higher) are exempt from TSI Math with a SAT Math score of 500 (or higher) even though the SAT Critical Reading may be less than 500.  Student with a combined critical reading and math score of 1070 (or higher) are exempt from TSI Reading and TSI Writing with a SAT Critical Reading score of 500 (or higher) even though the SAT Math may be less than 500.
  • A student with a TAKS Math score of 2200 (or higher) are exempt from TSI Math.  Students with a TAKS English Language Arts score of 2200 with a TAKS Writing sample of 3 exempts a student from TSI Reading and TSI Writing. The TAKS English Language Arts component is "all or nothing."  In other words, a student with a TAKS English Language Arts score of 2200 with a TAKS Writing sample of 2 is NOT exempt from either TSI Reading nor TSI Writing.
  • A student with a STAAR Algebra II score of level 2 are exempt from TSI Math.  Students with a STAAR English III score of level 2 exempts a student from TSI Reading and TSI Writing.

    All test scores must be documented on an official document (transcript). Faxes, student score reports, or Xerox copies are not considered official.

Temporary Waivers

  • A student who is enrolled in a Level I workforce certificate program of 42 or less (degree plan must be on file).
  • A student who is currently serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

 

Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity

 

Before taking the initial TSI Assessment, a student must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. 

This activity includes the following:
  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment
  • Practice test questions and feedback
  • An explanation of your developmental education options, if the minimum passing standard is not met
  • Information on campus and community resources to assist the student

A Certificate of Completion will be printed at the end of this Activity, which is required to take the TSI Assessment.

A student will receive an e-mail from AssessmentsCollinCollege granting access to the PAA within approximately 5 days after the Application for Admission has been submitted.

NOTE: The PAA does not work on a mobile device.



Collin College PAA




Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who must take the TSI Assessment?
    Unless otherwise exempt or waived, all degree-seeking students registering at a Texas public college or university must take the TSI Assessment. 
  • Why is the Pre-Assessment Activity required before taking the TSI Assessment?
    This activity reiterates the importance of the TSI Assessment, provides information about options if the minimum passing standard is not met, and also includes a practice test and feedback immediately upon completion.  The Certificate of Completion for this activity is required to take the TSI Assessment. 
  • When do I have to take the TSI Assessment?
    The assessment must be taken before you can enroll in any college-level course at any Texas public institution of higher education. 
  • How do I register and pay for the TSI Assessment?
    All prospective students of Collin must have a Testing Referral Form (by email or from either the Admissions and Records Office or Academic Advising).  This form should be taken to the Cashier's Office for payment of the appropriate fee.  (NOTE: The Cashier's Office is not open on Saturdays.)  This receipt, along with the Pre-Assessment Activity Certificate of Completion, should then be taken to any of the three campus Testing Centers listed below.  Walk-in testing is available within the following start times for ALL campuses:
     
    Spring Creek Campus J232 972.881.5922
    Preston Ridge Campus      F209    972.377.1522
    Central Park Campus        A109    972.548.6849
         
    Monday -   Thursday          8:00 a.m. -   4:00 p.m.
    Friday                                8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Saturday   8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
     
  • Are calculators allowed for the TSI Assessment?
    No calculators are allowed to be brought in to the testing room.  A calculator is provided within the testing program, as appropriate.
  • What happens if I do not pass all three sections of the TSI Assessment?
    Student who initially fail to be placed at college level on a portion of the TSI cannot take a college-level course in the failed subject area until they complete the required developmental courses and/or retest. Dual credit students are not permitted to take developmental courses while in a high school program.

        
For questions about the Pre-Assessment Activity or the TSI Assessment, contact the Director of Testing at 972-548-6773 or email TSI_Info@collin.edu.