TSI (Texas Success Initiative)

 

 

Note: If you think you have a TSI exemption, please go here to look at a list of acceptable exemptions that you can submit in lieu of taking the test

 

Sign up to take the TSI

  1. Apply to Collin

    Complete your Collin application and receive your CWID number through email from Admissions.

    Skip to Step 2 if you have already completed your application.

    Click here to apply
  2. Take the Mandatory Pre-Assessment

    The Pre-Assessment Activity is designed to help you understand the importance of the TSI Assessment. It includes sample test questions and feedback and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

     

    Follow these steps to set up your account before taking the PAA:

    1. Read all instructions, then click the blue button link to go to the PAA website.
    2. Click on the "Don't have an account? Sign-up" link.

    3. Use your Collin College CWID number for the Student ID.
    4. Enter your first and last names as entered on your application to Collin College.
    5. Enter your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy).
    6. Use a personal email address, not a school email.
    7. Choose "Collin College Community College District" as the institution name.
     
    Once your account set up is completed, you will be taken to the practice test area. Take the test titled "Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity (TSIA2 – PAA)." You must complete the entire activity to get your completion certificate and count as complete.

     
    You are welcome to take other practice exams, but they are not required.

     

    You can attach your completion certificate to your TSI registration, or print your completion certificate or login to your Accuplacer practice account to show a copy of it to Testing Center staff when you come to your appointment.

    Click here to take the Pre-Assessment Activity
  3. Option 1 - Test In-Person

    In-Person testing is available at each of our campus testing centers. The cost to take the TSI on campus is $29. Click a campus below to schedule your exam and pay for your assessment. On average, the complete TSI can take 4-5 hours to complete. Be sure you plan accordingly when scheduling your exam.

    Allen Technical Campus
    Celina Campus
    Farmersville Campus
    Frisco Campus
    McKinney Campus
    Plano Campus
    Wylie Campus
    Directions to Our Testing Centers
  4. Option 2 - Test Remotely

    Collin College will be closed March 9-17. Vouchers requested after 1:00 pm on March 8 may not be processed until after we return to campus on March 18.

     

    Online testing is offered through a virtual testing platform called Examity. You must have a desktop or laptop computer (no Chromebooks or tablets) with a webcam and microphone, a stable Internet connection, and a quiet space where you can test without interruption and no one else in the room. Only one 15 minute break is allowed when using the virtual testing option and the complete test can take 5 or more hours. If you cannot meet these requirements, please plan to take your assessments at one of our campus testing centers listed in Step 3 - Option 1.

     

    The cost is $40. Click a campus below to complete your request and pay for your assessment. In 1-2 business days, you will receive an email message from Accuplacer.org with your TSI voucher information. (The reason for choosing a campus is that it will be the campus that creates your voucher). Please check your junk/spam mail folders for this message. Be sure you sign up for your Examity account with the same personal information that is on your voucher.

    Allen Technical Campus
    Celina Campus
    Farmersville Campus
    Frisco Campus
    McKinney Campus
    Plano Campus
    Wylie Campus

Complete your Collin application and receive your CWID number through email from Admissions.

Skip to Step 2 if you have already completed your application.

Click here to apply

The Pre-Assessment Activity is designed to help you understand the importance of the TSI Assessment. It includes sample test questions and feedback and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

 

Follow these steps to set up your account before taking the PAA:

1. Read all instructions, then click the blue button link to go to the PAA website.
2. Click on the "Don't have an account? Sign-up" link.

3. Use your Collin College CWID number for the Student ID.
4. Enter your first and last names as entered on your application to Collin College.
5. Enter your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy).
6. Use a personal email address, not a school email.
7. Choose "Collin College Community College District" as the institution name.
 
Once your account set up is completed, you will be taken to the practice test area. Take the test titled "Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity (TSIA2 – PAA)." You must complete the entire activity to get your completion certificate and count as complete.

 
You are welcome to take other practice exams, but they are not required.

 

You can attach your completion certificate to your TSI registration, or print your completion certificate or login to your Accuplacer practice account to show a copy of it to Testing Center staff when you come to your appointment.

Click here to take the Pre-Assessment Activity

In-Person testing is available at each of our campus testing centers. The cost to take the TSI on campus is $29. Click a campus below to schedule your exam and pay for your assessment. On average, the complete TSI can take 4-5 hours to complete. Be sure you plan accordingly when scheduling your exam.

Allen Technical Campus

Celina Campus

Farmersville Campus

Frisco Campus

McKinney Campus

Plano Campus

Wylie Campus

Directions to Our Testing Centers

Collin College will be closed March 9-17. Vouchers requested after 1:00 pm on March 8 may not be processed until after we return to campus on March 18.

 

Online testing is offered through a virtual testing platform called Examity. You must have a desktop or laptop computer (no Chromebooks or tablets) with a webcam and microphone, a stable Internet connection, and a quiet space where you can test without interruption and no one else in the room. Only one 15 minute break is allowed when using the virtual testing option and the complete test can take 5 or more hours. If you cannot meet these requirements, please plan to take your assessments at one of our campus testing centers listed in Step 3 - Option 1.

 

The cost is $40. Click a campus below to complete your request and pay for your assessment. In 1-2 business days, you will receive an email message from Accuplacer.org with your TSI voucher information. (The reason for choosing a campus is that it will be the campus that creates your voucher). Please check your junk/spam mail folders for this message. Be sure you sign up for your Examity account with the same personal information that is on your voucher.

Allen Technical Campus

Celina Campus

Farmersville Campus

Frisco Campus

McKinney Campus

Plano Campus

Wylie Campus

Additional Information

 

If you believe you meet the exemption or waivers requirements and do not need to take the TSI, follow these steps:

 

1. Fill out the Conditional TSI Compliance Contract (Note: Allow 2-3 business days for your CTCC request to be processed.)

2. Attach unofficial copies of the required documentation as explained on the exemption and waivers page

3. Email the form and documents to: TSI_info@collin.edu

4. Please see the below links for details on various types of exemptions:

 

TSI Full and Partial Exemptions
Temporary Waivers
Temporary Waivers for Dual Credit Students

 

What is the TSI?

 

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. Note: Collin College can only provide TSI testing for Collin College students. Not sure what will be on the TSI, and want to prepare? Try our TSI Study Resources Page

 

College Level Math

 

If you are college level for math through TSI testing or an exemption and you would like to try to test into a higher level math course, see the following links for possible options: