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The TSI Assessment is now available to be taken from home. Click here for information on taking the TSI from Home.
Hours of Operation from June 1 to July 24
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday - Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we transition to serve you remotely!
Take the TSI from Home
Stay on Track to a Degree with the No Cost Testing
The Alamo Colleges is offering the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test, which usually costs $32, at no cost between May 1 and June 20, 2020.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college readiness in reading, writing, and math. All first-time college students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are exempt.
This is a $130,000 investment that will benefit nearly 5,000 students.
Who is eligible for No Cost Testing?
Students who intend to enroll in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020.
Dual credit, academies, ECHS or other high school programs do not qualify for no cost testing.
Will No Cost Testing be available for future terms?
How will students verify eligibility?
Students should check with the Testing Center at the college to determine if they are eligible for no cost testing.
Northwest Vista College uses Examity to proctor the TSI Assessment on-line so students may take it from home. Examity is contracted with College Board which is the maker of the TSI Assessment. They offer their services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by appointment.
Fees to take TSI from Home
TSI Assessment Voucher Fee
A TSI Assessment Voucher is required to take it from home. This is purchased with Northwest Vista College. The cost will depend on if you are taking the full or only parts of the exam. There are three parts which are Writing, Reading and Math.
- Full Exam $32
- Two Parts $24
- One Part $12
No Cost TSI Assessment between May 1st to June 20th requirements (See above for Who is eligible for No Cost Testing). If you have received your no cost assessment voucher, it will be valid until it expires. You are not required to take the TSI Assessment by June 20th.
Examity On-line Proctoring Fee
In addition to the TSI Assessment Voucher fee, Examity charges their own $25 Fee to provide on-line proctoring service. This fee is now being covered by the Alamo Colleges for a limited time due to the Coronavirus closure of on campus services. The student will not be charged that additional fee.
- No fee at this time (this applies to all students)
Steps to take the TSI from Home
Overview on TSI from Home
Steps 1 to 4: Will help make sure you are ready to request to Take TSI Assessment From Home
Step 5: Provides the link to take the TSI Assessment from Home
Step 6: Payment information and instructions will be sent within 2 to 3 business day. (This step will be skipped of those eligible for No Cost TSI Assessment)
Step 7: A Voucher will be sent by email from Accuplacer, the testing company of the TSI Assessment. This will include instructions on creating an account with Examity where you will schedule your appointment to have your TSI Assessment proctored at home. You will need your voucher information.
You may Click here to see Exemptions and Waivers to check if you are exempted or are eligible to have TSI Assessment waived from taking the TSI Assessment.
- Official documents should be submitted to The Assessment and Testing office.
- Test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to Northwest Vista College.
If you have taken the TSI Assessment at another school (either high school or university) you can request for the scores to be sent to us by Clicking here to retrieve TSI Assessment Scores
Complete the necessary enrollment steps prior to testing (see Enrollment Checklist here)
Complete an Apply Texas Application for Northwest Vista College at www.ApplyTexas.org.
Access your Student ACES Portal and complete the following modules:
- Go FAARR
- Test Prep
*Note: although a transcript is not required to take the TSI Assessment, it is best to have submitted your transcript by the time you plan to take the TSI. It will be required in order for your to move forward with your enrollment steps after testing.
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Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.8 or later
– Desktop or laptop computer (tablets and Chromebooks are not supported)
– Built-in or external webcam, microphone and speakers
– 2GB or more of RAM
Internet Connection: An upload and download speed of 2Mbps
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You will be asked to show the same current and valid photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:
– Driver’s license, High School ID, Military ID, Middle School ID, State or federal approved ID, College ID, Passport, Tribal ID card, Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.
You must have a voucher number provided by ACCUPLACER.
You must test alone in a quiet room without disruptions.
The following are not allowed during testing:
– Food, drink, calculators, and breaks.
Scratch paper is allowed along with a standard pen/pencil.
– You will be asked to show both sides of your scratch paper to the proctor at the beginning and end of your test session.
If you have decided to move forward with Examity Proctoring Service, you MUST complete a TSI Assessment Voucher Request with Northwest Vista College.
Complete this form in order to notify us of your decision to utilize Examity
Once your request is received, the Testing Office will send you an email with instructions on payment for the TSI Assessment Voucher.
A testing staff will send payment instructions for the TSI Assessment Voucher.
After payment has been made, you will then be emailed TSI Assessment Voucher from College Board Accuplacer the maker of the Assessment.
You will receive your voucher by Email from Accuplacer. Accuplacer is the Testing Company of the TSI Assessment. It will provide instructions on creating your account with Examity, the on line proctoring company, in order to make an appointment to take your TSI Assessment at home. You will need your voucher at that time.
You can use the one of the guides to create your profile when you get your Voucher.
If you are unable to create a profile, please contact Examity support team at 855-392-6489 or (email@example.com) for assistance.
You will receive an email from Accuplacer with a link to access your score report
Your TSI hold will be removed within 1 business day. If you have been assessed in Math, Reading and Writing
One of our Enrollment Coaches will contact you to assist you with the next enrollment step(s)