The colleges of the Alamo Colleges District has suspended all in-person visits and staff will be serving students remotely. You may communicate with our department via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone at 210-486-4346 or our online Testing chat service.
Testing Center will be closed all day on Friday, May 14th with All Remote Services, Zoom lobby and TSI Request processing will resume on the next business day Monday, May 17th
Zoom Lobby Hours of Operation For Spring
Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (First Saturday of the Month)
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we remotely serve you!
The TSI Assessment is now available to be taken from home. Click here for information on taking the TSI from Home.
Beginning May 1st through June 20th, 2021 NVC will cover the cost of the TSI exam for all students who place a request during this time.
TSIA 2 from Home
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. Please note TSI exam requests may be submitted 24 hours a day but will only be processed during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM. Requests submitted after hours will be processed the following business day.
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 two parts which are English Language Arts (ELAR) and Math.
- $32 for full exam (ELAR and Math)
- $24 ELAR
- $12 Math
- $12 Essay Retest
Examity On-line Proctoring Fee
In addition to the TSI Assessment Voucher fee, Examity charges its own Fee to provide on-line proctoring service. Students will pay this fee when scheduling their appointment with Examity.
*From May 1st through June 20th, 2021 Northwest Vista College will cover the cost of the TSI exam for all students that submit a request during this time. Students will still be required to cover the proctoring fee through Examity.
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 days. (This step will be skipped for 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
Test your computer requirements here
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.
A full list of prohibited items can be found here:
If you have decided to move forward with Examity Proctoring Sevice, you MUST complete a TSI Assessment Voucher Request with Northwest Vista College. By completing the Voucher Request Form, you confirm you have read and understood the rules in Step 4. If you have not read Step 4 please go back and do so now. Reviewing the list of prohibited items before your exam date can help ensure a safe and secure testing session.
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 member will send payment instructions for the TSI Assessment Voucher.
After payment has been made, you will then be emailed a 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 usually 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).