Let’s Talk About the TSI
The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) evaluates a student’s readiness for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet a student's needs and assist students in becoming better prepared for college-level coursework.
find out more about TSI exemptions and waivers in the Dallas College catalog. You must take the TSI (or be exempted from taking it) before you can register for courses that have a TSI prerequisite requirement.
Please contact the
Success Coaching (Advising) Centers for more information.
Due to COVID, the Texas Higher Education Board is permitting Texas state institutions through the academic year 2021-2022 to consider course placement based on other indicators of students’ level of preparation, such as high school GPA, high school courses and non-cognitive factors when assessment is not available. A one semester waiver for exceptional circumstances may be an option.
Important notice: All students receiving the exceptional circumstances waiver, if not TSI met by making a grade of C or better in the TSI course, will be required to test prior to the next registration. Please contact the
Success Coaching (Advising) Centers for more information. Dual Credit students should contact
Educational Partnerships for more information.
There are exemptions to taking the TSI. You can find out more about TSI exemptions and waivers in the Dallas College catalog. You must take the TSI (or be exempted from taking it) before you can register for classes. At some of the campuses of Dallas College, the TSI must be completed before you can participate in orientation.
TSI Assessment Steps
You may choose to take the TSI assessment in person on campus at a testing center by appointment or online through remote proctoring.
Here are the steps you will need to follow:
Step One: Prepare, Practice and Study for the TSI
Consider preparing for the TSI. There are free practice resources available for the TSI assessment through the ACCUPLACER website, including a web-based study app, practice questions and sample essays.
You may also attend a
free online boot camp where Dallas College tutors will help you get ready. Your TSI scores determine which college courses you are ready to take, so it’s important to make your best effort.
Sign up for a boot camp now. Attend online or at Mountain View Campus.
- Math: Monday – Friday, 9-10:30 a.m.
- ELAR (English Language Arts and Reading)
- Writing: Monday and Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.
- Reading: Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m.
- Writing and Reading: Friday, 1-3 p.m.
Step Two: Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity
All students must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) in eConnect before taking the TSI. To take the PAA, you will need your Dallas College ID number, and you must be able to log into your eConnect account.
When you finish the Pre-Assessment Activity, click on the "Credit Student Menu" in eConnect, then select "My Personal Information" followed by "My Advising Report (GPA)". Make sure PAA shows as "taken" with the date it was completed.
Step Three: Complete the Online Assessment Referral Form and Take the TSI
If you choose to take the TSI assessment in person on campus, please follow these steps to set up the
appointment with the testing center.
If you choose to take the TSI assessment, you can use the remote proctoring option through Examity.
Please plan ahead. It can take longer than one week for proctor availability.
Please see the
detailed instructions on taking the TSI assessment through Examity.
Once you have completed your TSI assessment, advisors will use your TSI assessment scores to recommend course choices during registration.
Out-of-state students or students unable to take the assessment at one of the campuses of Dallas College will need to complete the TSI assessment at another approved Texas institution or through alternate remote delivery.
Once you have completed your TSI Assessment, advisors will use your TSI Assessment scores to recommend course choices during registration.
If You Have Previously Tested
Online students who have tested elsewhere through an approved state institution and need their scores retrieved from the state database must submit an Individual Score Report (ISR) request form to the office listed below:
Please keep in mind that free testing cannot be guaranteed from a school outside Dallas College.