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Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

Texas law requires that you complete assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before you enroll in college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that any new undergraduate student entering a public college or university must be assessed for readiness to enroll in college coursework.

Students who fall below the minimum placement scores in reading, writing, and/or mathematics will be placed in developmental education courses for each subject area in which college readiness is not demonstrated. This results in you spending more semesters in college.

TSI Exemptions

  • Transfer Student - Must have met college readiness standards in all areas from a public, private, or out-of-state College or University.
  • ACT - A composite (COMP) score of 23 or higher, with a minimum of 19 in both English and Math and no more than 5 years old at the time of enrollment
  • SAT - scores must be 500+ Critical Reading and 500+ Math with a total of 1070 or higher and can be no more than 5 years old at the time of enrollment
  • Students who have earned an associates degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.   
  • Military Personnel - with DD214 copy 4.
  • High School Students - who have met THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) exemption standards via TAKS Exit level scores, ELA 2200+w/ Written Composition Score 3 & Math 2200+.

Contact the Testing Center to see if you meet one of these exemptions.

First Time in College Students (FTIC)

For first time in college students requesting an appointment for the TSI Assessment, you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at www.applytexas.org. Applications can take up to 3-5 business days to process.

2. Confirm that your application has been processed through the Alamo Colleges online student portal ACES.

3. Submit official high school transcripts for evaluation of previous test scores (TAKS, SAT, ACT) for possible TSI exemptions.

4. Complete the required Alamo Enroll modules online via the online student portal ACES.

5. Obtain student Banner ID number. You will need your Banner ID number to make an appointment.

Transfer Students

For transfer students requesting an appointment for the TSI Assessment, you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete ApplyTexas Application for one of the Alamo Colleges at www.applytexas.org. Applications can take 3-5 business days to process.

2. Confirm that your application has been processed through Alamo Colleges student online portal ACES.

3. Submit official transcripts from your previous college(s) for evaluation of test scores and/or completed courses for possible TSI exemptions.

4. Complete the required Alamo Enroll modules online via the online student portal ACES.

5. Obtain your student Banner ID number. You will need your Banner ID number to make an appointment.

TSI Assessment Fees:

Full TSI Exam:    $32 

One Subject:      $12 

Payment and Appointments

Once it’s been determined that you will require the TSI Assessment, you will need to schedule an appointment.

Step 1: Pay your assessment fee through the Palo Alto College Virtual Business office  Please verify testing exemptions and requirements prior to payment as no refunds can be given after payment has been processed!  

Step 2: Schedule an appointment.  You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of scheduling your appointment.

Step 3: On the day of your appointment you will need to bring a copy of your receipt and a valid photo ID. Students who do not bring a valid photo ID will not be allowed into the testing room and will be required to reschedule.

Retest Policy

You are allowed to retest the next day after your initial test.  However, we recommend a student retest following a formal test intervention program (Alamo Colleges Refresher Course) or review ACCUPLACER prep material here.  A $12 fee will be charged for each portion retaken. 

Contact Information

Coordinator-Student Success
Anthony C. Perez
aperez31@alamo.edu

Senior Specialist-Student Success
Gilbert Polanco
gpolanco@alamo.edu

Administrative Services Specialist
Patricia Montoya
pmontoya@alamo.edu

Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZOS - 100)

Phone:
210-486-3444

FAX:
210-486-9220

 

General Office Hours

Mondays – 8am – 7pm
Tuesday – Friday 8am – 5pm
1st Saturday of the month 9am-1pm
Sunday Closed

*Please note these hours are not exam testing hours.

Call for available testing times.

Testing Appointments