TSI Assessment testing between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
TSI Assessment testing between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The TSI Assessment is placement testing to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work in reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment unless you are exempt.
Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. You may be exempt if you:
For more information visit the website:https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/admiss/tsi_exempt.cfm
How To Prepare:
To access the full sample questions document, visit
Take advantage of the sample questions to improve in areas where your academic performance is not the strongest. These sample questions help you familiarize yourself with the types of questions asked on the TSI Assessment. Other helpful websites listed below:
For more TSI Assessment information please visit:
WritePlacer Sample Essays
TSI Information Brochure (before testing)
TSI Interpreting Your Score (after testing)
TSI Web-Based Study App
After completion of the Pre-Assessment Activity, report to Admissions, C-119 OR Advisement, C-120. An admissions specialist or academic advisor will provide you with a TSI testing referral.
TSI Assessment in Mathematics is a 20 item multiple choice test that measures: Elementary Algebra & Functions, Intermediate Algebra & Functions, Geometry & Measurement, and Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability.The
TSI Assessment in Reading is a 24 item, multiple choice test that measures: Literary Analysis, Main Idea and Supporting Details, Inferences in a Text(s), and Author’s Use of Language. The
TSI Assessment in Writing is an assessment that contains a multiple-choice and an essay section. The TSI Assessment in Writing multiple-choice section is a 20 item test that measures: Essay Revision, Agreement, Sentence Structure, and Sentence Logic. The essay portion asks you to write a five paragraph persuasive essay (approximately 300-600 words) on a controversial issue or one of current interest.
TSI Assessment for course placement –
Untimed The entire TSI Assessment consists of 3 sections with an average test time of 4 to 6 hours. The computer adaptive questions are administered in the order below. Your scores on the initial questions determine if you will receive further testing on the diagnostic component or the Adult Basic Education component (each student must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity at least one time).
Math: 20 initial questions, no time limit. (Possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions).
Reading: 24 initial questions, no time limit. (Possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions).
Writing: 20 initial questions, no time limit. (Possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions and/or type an essay of 300 – 600 words).
Mathematics 350-390Reading 351-390
Writing 340 and an essay score of 4 OR less than 340 and ABE of 4 and an essay score of 5
Computer Skills Placement Test Review Sheet (PDF - 964KB)