Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

All public institutions of higher learning in Texas require that incoming students document compliance with TSI, or exemption from it.  The Odessa College Testing Center provides the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) as a drop-in test between 8 am and 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday, you may start the TSIA between 8 and 8:30 am (please check seasonal hours of operation). The testing fee is $29 ($10 per section for re-testing).

What do I need to do in order to get started?

A pre-assessment activity MUST be completed prior to testing and can be located by clicking this link: Pre-Assessment Activity from any computer. While it is not required, it is highly recommended that you completed this pre-assessment activity (PAA) BEFORE you come to the Testing Center. If you take the PAA from home, please print the email confirmation and bring it with you on the day of testing.  This pre-assessment provides you with an overview of what can be expected on the actual TSIA. It will also supply you with a foundation for the areas you need to possibly study.

Do I have to come to the Testing Center to test or are their other options?

We now offer the TSIA completely online. All you need is a computer, a web cam and a high speed Internet connection. No additional software is required prior to your testing session appointment. The live online proctor will provide the necessary software to effectively proctor your test session remotely. After the session is complete, your proctor will conclude the test session and remove any remote proctoring software from your workstation. Please note that this service will cost an additional $25.00 fee.

 Here are the steps for you to follow to get started:

  1. Visit the Testing Center Marketplace 

  2. Pay for the TSI Assessment. It will be $29.00 for 3 sections of the exam. If you have previously completed the TSIA and need to retest on a section please choose the appropriate box corresponding to your testing needs. If you are retesting one section it will be $10.00 and if you are retesting two sections it will be $20.00.  

  3. Check your email. A testing voucher will be generated and emailed to you once payment has been confirmed and will contain further instructions. Please allow 24 hours to receive your testing voucher.  

  4. Once you receive your testing voucher please visit B Virtual to schedule your exam. When utilizing B Virtual you cannot stop and restart your test session. You will have to complete the exam in one test session; however, you can take as long as you would like for that test session. 

How long does it take to complete the TSIA?

We encourage you to take your time and complete the assessment in sections so that you are able to do your best. There are 3 sections, Math, Reading and Writing, and each section takes about 1-1/2 hours to complete; however, that is only an estimation and solely depends on the testing candidates established pace. The test is not timed and you have 14 consecutive days from your start date to complete the exam. 

Where can I go to study for this test?

There is a FREE TSIA Study App! It includes interactive practice test in arithmetic, elementary algebra, college-level math, reading comprehension and sentence skills. You can access the app from a computer, tablet or smartphone. To get the free Web-based app, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org/store


TSI scores and placements:

Please visit with your Student Success Coach if you have questions about your scores and the classes that you need to take. 

Reading:

351 or higher College Ready
342-350 INRW 0375
310-341 INRW 0373

Writing:

Essay score 5 or higher
OR
Essay score 4 and WS score 363 or higher College Ready
Essay score 4 or lower and WS score 362 or lower INRW 0373

Math:

350 or higher College Ready
344-349 MATH 0375
337-343 MATH 0372
310-336 MATH 0371