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Frequently Asked Questions about the TSIA
  • 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 prior to enrolling in your first semester 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 (a link is available in the TSI Steps portion of the PAA).  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



Preston Ridge Campus     



Central Park Campus       






Monday - Thursday         

8:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon


PLEASE NOTE:  Although the TSI Assessment is not a timed test, be prepared to be in the Testing Center for 3 to 5 hours for the complete assessment. 


  • 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
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
 Last classroom test issued at 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  Last classroom test issued at 3 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  Last classroom test issued at 4 p.m.


Spring Creek Campus, Plano
 Room: J232
    Phone: (972) 881-5922 

Preston Ridge Campus, Frisco
 Room: F209
    Phone: (972) 377-1523  

Central Park Campus, McKinney
 Room: A109
    Phone: (972) 548-6849