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. The testing fee is $29 ($10 per section for re-testing).


Are you ready to take a TSI exam at Odessa College?

  1. Confirm with your Student Success Coach that you are required to complete the exam and verify which sections you need. 
  2. Please visit Pre-Assessment Activity to complete this activity before you arrive. 
    1. Print your completion confirmation page and bring it with you on your desired test date. 
  3. You will need a photo ID for verification purposes and know your social security number.
  4. Once you begin the exam, you have 14 consecutive days to complete it. There is no need to rush! 
  5. You are welcome to visit our Testing Center Marketplace to pre-pay for your exam.

Did you know that you can take the TSI from the comfort of your home? 

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?

  1. StepWise for TSI Math is a mobile app that enables you to study anywhere! For more information on how you can get started TODAY contact the testing center. 
  2. 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

What if I have completed the TSI exam and did not score as high as I would have liked to?

Odessa College offers a specialized tutorial program, MyFoundationsLab, designed for your study needs based off of your diagnostic reports gathered from previous score reports. If you are interested in learning how you can gain access to YOUR personalized learning pathway contact the testing center TODAY!


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:

MC score of 350 with an Essay score of 5+
OR
MC score of 363 with an Essay score of 4 College Ready
Essay score 4 or lower and MC score 362 or lower INRW 0373

Math:

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

Testing Center Tips:

  1. The Testing Center is located in the SPUR Building, Suite 150.
  2. All test candidates should be prepared to present a current photo ID for verification purposes duing the check-in process.
  3. You will be provided a locker to store your personal items when completing your exam.
  4. We welcome you to park in any WHITE or YELLOW parking space located in the lot to the left of the Administration Building.