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The college and district offices will be closed:

Independence Day - Monday, July 4, 2016


Effective August 26, 2013 (based on House Bill 3468 - Texas College-Readiness Assessment and Placement) the new TSI Assessment will be the only accepted placement exam and all prior test scores for students not enrolled will no longer be valid.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program that provides assistance with reading, writing and math skills of students entering Texas public colleges and universities. The program consists of testing, advisement, placement and developmental education for students who do not pass one or more sections of the test. There are possible exemptions and waivers from the State mandate.

TSI Requirement Exemptions

Students may be exempt from taking a TSI-eligible exam, unless it is needed as a prerequisite for a specific course, if they meet one of the following:

  • ACT
    Composite score of twenty-three (23) or higher, with a minimum score of nineteen (19) in each section of the English and math tests. Scores are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.*
  • SAT
    Combined score of 1070 or higher, with a minimum of 500 in each section of the verbal and math tests. Scores are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.*
  • TAKS Exit-Level
    Minimum scale score of 2200 on the exit-level math section and 2200 on the English Language Arts (ELA) section with a writing sub-section score of three (3) or higher. Scores are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.
  • Readiness Status
    Met college-level readiness standards in English, reading, and mathematics at an accredited Texas public institution of higher education.
  • Transfer from Private or Accredited Out-of-State Institutions
    Satisfactorily completed a minimum of three (3) college-level semester credit hours in English, reading, and math with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Degree
    Earned an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited Texas public institution of higher education.
  • Certificate
    Enrolled in THECB approved Certificate Level-One Programs of one (1) year or less with forty-two (42) or fewer semester credit hours that do not require specific skill levels for course enrollment but is still required to take the TSI Assessment for diagnostic purposes.
  • Military
    Currently serving on Active Duty in the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces for at least three (3) years preceding enrollment.  Served at least three years after August 1, 1990, and was honorably discharged, released, or retired from Active Duty as a member of the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces.

Students who do not provide official documentation to verify one of the exemptions above are required to take one of the TSI assessments.  

TSI Exam Testing Schedule and Fees

The TSI Exam is administered on a space available basis.  No appointment is required but students must come during the testing hours below. 

We do not offer the TSI Exam for other institutions, SAC and Alamo Colleges students only. 

Cost for the entire TSI Exam is $32.00 and retest fee per section $12.00.  We advise all students to wait for the day of testing to pay for their test as testing fees are non-refundable



The Alamo Colleges will open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and close every Friday and Saturday from May 30, 2016 to July 29, 2016. Please plan accordingly.

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

8:30 am – 12:00 am 
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm**

10:00 am – 12:00 am
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm**


 Saturday, Sunday



**On Tuesdays, the testing lab closes at 6:45, the Essay test must be completed by closing of the testing lab.  Other tests may be saved and continued the next day.


Practice Test


 TSI ASSESSMENT Sample Test Questions - July 2013

TSI ASSESSMENT WritePlacer Sample Essays - July 2013


The following sites are not affiliated with San Antonio College or the College: (full practice test for THEA)



Contact Information

Oscar San Miguel, Associate Director 

Location: Fletcher Administration
Center (FAC 112)

Phone: 210-486-0444
Fax: 210-486-9883


Mailing Address:
San Antonio College
Assessment Center – FAC 112
1819 N Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX.  78212-4299 

General Office Hours

SUMMER 2016 (MAY 30 - JUL 28)
Monday - Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

College Campus Closed:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Please note: General Office Hours
differ from actual testing hours.
Please refer to the exam schedules
for testing times.