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Alamo Colleges' Library Information

St. Philip's College
• MLK Campus Library
• Southwest Campus Library

Why is the TSI important? 

All students who plan to attend a public college or a university in Texas are required to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Your results determine if you are ready to take college-level courses. Select your college below to access information on how to take TSI Assessment. 

Are you exempt or already taken the TSI Assessment? 

You may be exempt from college readiness testing if have already taken the TSI or you meet certain criteria. Exemptions are listed on the Overview: Texas Success Initiative. Contact your Assessment Center and we will help you record your test scores or the exemption in your student record.  

Select your college for TSI Information    


I have completed the Go FAARR and Test Prep modules. What’s next?

By completing the Go FAARR and Test Prep modules, you have met the Texas Pre-Assessment Activity requirements and are eligible to take the TSI Assessment.  Get information about how to take your TSI Assessment by clicking on your college’s testing link below: .

 College Testing Centers
Northeast Lakeview College   210-486-5401, option #6
Northwest Vista College   210-486-4346
Palo Alto College   210-486-3444
St. Philip's College   210-486-2444
San Antonio College   210-486-0444
Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) 830-609-2100
Greater Kerrville Center 830-896-0049

What if I require special accommodations during the test?

If you are eligible for and require special accommodations prior to registering for the TSI Assessment, please consult the Disability Support Services at your Alamo College listed below:

Disability Support Services  
Northeast Lakeview College   210-486-5401, option #8
Northwest Vista College   210-486-4466
Palo Alto College   210-486-3020
St Philips College   210-486-2020
San Antonio College   210-486-0020


Do I have to take the TSI Assessment or another test?

The Alamo Colleges do not require ACT, SAT or another college entry exam.  However, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that students must be assessed to determine college readiness. Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment and you may be exempt from testing. 

There are several ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in many college-level courses. To be exempt from the TSI Assessment and enroll directly into entry-level courses, you must meet one of the following criteria:   

1. Course Placement Per Exemption

You may be TSI exempt and eligible for college level courses if you;

a. Have met the minimum college readiness standard on SAT, ACT or a statewide high school test; 

b. Have successfully completed college-level English and Math courses;

c. Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours);

d. Are not seeking a degree; or

e. Have been, or currently are, in the military.

f. Have taken and met qualifications for a qualifying College Preparatory course in High School (English and/or Math) 

If you think you may be exempt, please contact the Assessment Center at your college.  See the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  Student Informative Brochure for additional information.     


2.  Course Placement Per Assessment Scores

Students submitting official test scores for the following assessments may not be required to take the TSI Assessment.  Students are exempt from the TSI Assessment and eligible to take entry-level courses based on the scores listed below:

  English Reading Math
TAKS - Exit Level 2200+ and 3 writing score 2200+ and 3 writing score 2200+
ACT 19+ 23+(composite) 19+
SAT Prior 3/2016* 500+ (Critical Reading) 500+ (Critical Reading) 500+
SAT After 3/5/16 480+ (EBRW)      480+ (EBRW)     530+
Accuplacer 80+ and 6 writing score 78+ EAR 86+
THEA-IBT 220+ and 3 writing score 230+ 270+
THEA (paper-based) 220+ and 6 writing score 230+ 270+
* SAT Critical Reading and Math are required to total 1070+ in order for either
Critical Reading or Math to be considered for TSI Exemption.  

Note:  THEA and Accuplacer assessment scores are applicable only for students with prior academic history at an Alamo College.  Students must have taken a course prior to August 23, 2013 and scores must be 5 years old or less.

If you meet the scores above, you are not required to take the TSI Assessment for placement.  You must provide an official score report to the Assessment / Testing Center or you will be required to take the assessment test.  Additionally, you are not permitted to register for classes until test scores are on file with one of the Alamo Colleges.   

Assessment Center Contact Information

Northeast Lakeview College
Student Commons Bldg, Room 227
1201 Kitty Hawk Road
Universal City, TX 78148
210-486-5401, Option #6
NLC Assessment Center

Northwest Vista College
Cypress Campus Center, Room 207
3535 North Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
NVC Assessment Center

Palo Alto College
Brazos Hall, Room 100
1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78244

PAC Assessment Center

St. Philip's College - MLK Campus
Welcome Enrollment Center (WEC) Office: 207-B
1801 Martin Luther King Drive,
San Antonio, TX 78203
SPC-MLK Assessment Center

St. Philip's College - SW Campus
800 Quintana Road,
San Antonio, TX 78211
SPC-SWC Assessment Center

San Antonio College
Assessment Center - FAC 112
1819 N. Main Ave.,
San Antonio, TX 78212
SAC Assessment Center

Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC)
2189 FM 758
New Braunfels, TX 78130:
830-609-2100 or 210-486-7400
CTTC Assessment Center

Greater Kerrville Center
1012 Barnett St.
Kerrville, TX 78028
Kerrville Assessment Center