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TSIA Resource: FAQs

The TSIA Resource offers students who are preparing to take the TSIA a reference for frequently asked questions, practice tests, and local workshops.


What is the TSIA?

The TSIA is often abbreviated when brought up on college applications or in conversation with college advisors and staff. The TSIA is short for Texas Success Initiative Assessment. Institutions use the TSIA to gauge entering students readiness for college-level course work in  English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) and mathematics. 

What is the TSIA for?

The TSIA is designed to assess the college readiness of students in Texas. It evaluates their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to determine if they are prepared for college-level coursework. The TSIA aims to ensure that students have the necessary foundational skills to succeed in higher education and helps colleges and universities in Texas make informed decisions regarding course placement and academic support.

What subjects should I review?

To prepare for the TSIA, students should review subjects such as reading, writing, and math. The reading section focuses on comprehension and analysis skills, while the writing section covers grammar, sentence structure, and essay writing. In the math section, students should be familiar with algebra, geometry, and data analysis. It is also essential to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in the TSIA.

What does the testing process look like?

The testing process for the TSIA typically involves multiple-choice questions for the reading and writing sections, and both multiple-choice and grid-in questions for the math section. It is usually administered on a computer, although a paper-based format may be available in certain cases. Students are provided with instructions, and there is typically a time limit for each section. The TSIA is taken in a proctored test center, and students may be required to present a valid ID. After completion, scores are provided to the student and the institution they are affiliated with.

What score do I need to pass?

The passing score for the TSIA varies depending on the institution and the specific requirements they have set. Each college or university can establish its own passing standards for the TSIA. It is best to check with the institution you are applying to or consult their website for their specific passing score requirements. Review the "scoring" tab above for more detailed information on how to interpret your score and review LSCO requirements. 

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LSCO Resources

Testing Center Webpage

Testing Center

The Lamar State College Orange Testing Center is located in Room 107 of the Ron E. Lewis Library Building. Students taking the TSIA may schedule a test by visiting the Testing Center site linked here. The Testing Center provides a quiet and comfortable setting for group and individual testing. The center is completely handicapped-accessible.

TSI Pre-Assessment with Testing Center

TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

  1. Welcome to the Lamar State College Orange TSIA Pre-Assessment Activity. The pre-assessment activity is designed for the following reasons:
    • Familiarize you with the purpose of the TSIA2 Assessment and its importance in your academic career.
    • Inform you about the assessment process and components, and give you the opportunity to practice with sample test items.
    • Inform you about course placement and developmental education options at LSCO.
    • Provide you with information about campus resources.

Gator Success Center

The Gator Success Center is on the 2nd floor of the Ron E. Lewis Library in the computer lab area. We encourage you to make an appointment with a tutor, but walk-ins are welcome. You may book a TSIA focused appointment or attend a TSIA workshop hosted in the GSC (RLB 203) and Math Lab (SEC 209). 

Lifesavers! Calendar

Lifesavers! Series

Lifesavers! are workshop style events that provide measurable skills that support student success in college level courses. Many of the topics covered in Lifesavers! relate and apply to what students find in the TSIA test. This calendar showcases student-focused events planned by the Library, Gator Success Center, or Department of Learning Technology Team.

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Where do I find test preparation resources?

There are several resources available to help you prepare for the TSIA. Some sources include the official TSIA website, which provides practice questions and study guides. Additionally, many colleges and universities offer test preparation resources on their websites, such as sample tests, study materials, and tutorial services. There are also numerous online platforms and study guides available that specifically target TSIA preparation. Scroll over to the "Local Workshops" to learn more about how LSCO can help you prepare to take the TSIA.

May I request accommodations for disabilities or special circumstances?

Yes, individuals with disabilities or special circumstances can request accommodations for the TSIA. It is recommended to contact the institution or testing center where you will be taking the TSIA to inquire about their specific accommodations request process. They will provide you with the necessary information and forms needed to apply for accommodations.

How does the TSIA impact college admissions and course placement in Texas?

The TSIA plays a crucial role in college admissions and course placement in Texas. It helps determine a student's readiness for college-level coursework and their eligibility for college admissions. The TSIA results are often used by colleges and universities to place students in appropriate courses or to identify if any remedial or developmental courses are needed. Higher scores on the TSIA can enhance a student's chances of being admitted to certain programs or institutions, while lower scores may require additional support or prerequisites before enrolling in college-level courses.

May I retake the TSIA to improve my score?

Yes, you are generally allowed to retake the TSIA in order to improve your score. Colleges and universities in Texas have their own policies regarding retakes, so it is important to check with the specific institution where you are applying or enrolled to understand their retake policies. Some institutions may have limitations on the number of times you can retake the TSIA or specific waiting periods between retakes. Retaking the TSIA can provide an opportunity to demonstrate improvement and potentially place into higher-level courses or meet admission requirements.

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