Steps for Taking the TSI Assessment

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.

TSI Exemptions

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 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:

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.