Assessment and Testing

 

District Alert:  Classes begin remotely on March 23rd.  Updates

The five colleges of the Alamo Colleges District will be servicing students remotely beginning March 23rd due to COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Please be aware that in-person visits at all of our locations are temporarily suspended.  You may communicate with our department via email below. Please include your Banner ID number.

Unfortunately, Examity, the only company allowed to provide online proctoring service for the TSI Assessment is temporarily down due to COVID-19. Therefore, test-takers will not be able to access their online proctoring services until further notice. We will update our website whenever Examity resumes online proctoring of the TSI Assessment. In the meantime, please be sure to complete the previous enrollment steps leading up to the TSI.

The following exams have been suspended until further notice: 

GED / HiSET / CLEP / TEAS / TCEQ / External correspondence / Remote testing

Please refer to our college website for updates for resuming full service. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your understanding.

San Antonio College - Assessment and Testing
Email: sac-assessment@alamo.edu


The San Antonio College Assessment and Testing Center provides testing services to students of San Antonio College and to the Community. Services include test administration of the TSI Exam for college placement, CLEP, TEAS, TCEQ, GED and external proctoring of the TSI. We evaluate student TSI status, and advise students on any pending TSI issues for TSI compliance. We also process our student's test scores such as AP, SAT, ACT, IB, GED, CLEP, and TSI. We are very supportive of our Online Learners by providing one time virtual or remote testing placement services on the TSI and provide student advise on the enrollment process.

TSI Exam 

The TSI Exam (Texas Success Initiative) is the only approved computerized placement test in the state of Texas. The state mandated program is designed to help determine if the student is ready for college-level course in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.  The TSI Assessment minimum passing standards for college readiness are:   

Mathematics: score 350 

Reading: score 351 

Writing: score of 340 and 4+ on essay or a score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5.

Students who score below the cut scores are placed in the appropriate developmental course and will need to earn a "C" or better. 

TSI Student Information Brochure 

Please submit any official documents that can exempt you from testing,  TSI Requirement Exemptions, to our office in MLC 533 or send a scanned copy to sac-Assessment@alamo.edu (please include a copy of a valid photo ID and your banner number in the email).

If you have taken the TSI Assessment within the last 5 years at a testing site outside of the Alamo Colleges, but within the State of Texas, you may complete an online release form that will give permission to our office to access and import your scores.  Click on the SAC Cross Institutional Reporting Form below to complete and submit.  

 SAC Cross Institutional Reporting Form

What is needed to take the TSI Exam?

Please review the complete list of items needed in order to test:

  • Must have completed an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at ApplyTexas or have an active application on file at one of the Alamo Colleges District.  
  • Submit official High School transcripts or GED scores as well as any college/university transcripts previously attended to Admissions and Records. 
  • Login to ACES, select the "Start Here" tab, checklist items 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before you are eligible to test.
  • Click on the "Enroll" buttons to begin and complete the state-mandated Alamo Enroll modules (Test Prep Module and GO FAARR module), per THECB TSI Rule §4.55(b).
  • Banner ID Number (To look up your Banner ID Number, select the "My Page" tab on your ACES account and scroll down to "My Advisor." You will need your Banner ID Number written down the day of testing).
  • TSI Fees - Full Exam $32, Single Subject $12.  Cash, electronic checks or credit cards accepted.  Please pay for the exam at our testing center, testing fees are non-refundable.
  • No Appointment needed to take the TSI Exam, please see the walk-in times below.

Acceptable forms of Identification

Please review the acceptable forms of identification per the 2018 Collegeboard Rules and Guidelines

  • Current and valid ID; expired documents are not acceptable
  • ID must be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any electronic device
  • ID must have a recognizable photograph
  • ID must bear your first and last name
  • Driver's license/state approved or federal ID (with DOB and signature)
  • Current high school ID
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

TSI Exam Schedule and Office Hours 

No appointment needed to take the TSI Exam, please see the walk-in times below.  The following items are not allowed in the testing lab:  food and drinks, your personal scratch sheet, calculators, electronic devices, unauthorized aids, smartwatches, and cell phones.
**Any violation of any of these rules, cheating, and/or disruptive behavior, your exam will be stopped and scores canceled.**  

Spring Schedule

(February 1st - May 31st)

Hours of Operation

 

 

TSI Testing Hours

Office Hours

Monday:

8:30 am - *2:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:45 am - *4:00 pm

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am – *2:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am – *2:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am – *2:00 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday:

1st Saturday of the month

9:00 am – *9:30 am

No late arrivals

allowed after 9:30 am

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

*Please note the testing lab closes 15 minutes prior to closing time.

The Essay test must be completed by closing of the lab; other tests may be saved and continued the following testing date.  All sections must be completed within 6 days.

NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

*Students are not allowed to come in past the cut-off testing times.

 If your college or university needs your TSI scores that were taken at San Antonio College, we recommend that you contact their Testing Center to retrieve your scores through Cross-Institution Reporting in Accuplacer. All public Texas schools have access to these scores through Accuplacer.

If you are still in need of these TSI scores, click the SAC Student Consent Form below and allow approximately 2-3 business days to process your request.

SAC Student Consent Form

TSI Testing Accommodations

Services are available upon request from the student and must be supported by documentation supplied by a credentialed or certified person (PhD, MD, diagnostic credential).  To request accommodations for TSI testing please visit the disABILITY Support Services (DSS), Moody Learning Center 1st floor or call (210) 486-0020 to schedule an appointment to meet with a dSS Advisor.