Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - TSIA2

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2)

 

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is the current college placement exam. It is computer-adaptive, which means that the test adapts to the examinee's ability level. The TSIA2 is utilized to determine college course placement.

The TSIA2 consists of the following sections:

  • English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)
    • Integrated Reading and Writing
    • ELAR exam may include an Essay
  • Mathematics

The exam is not timed. Students work at their own pace. Any multiple choice section of the exam can be saved; the Essay section cannot be saved. If an exam is saved, it must be completed within 13 days of the start of the exam. Test scores are generated upon total completion of exam.

Students needing accommodations for the exam may contact the Special Services and Counseling Center in order to request accommodations. The Special Services and Counseling Center can be reached at: 956-721-5137 (Ft. McIntosh Campus, Kazen Student Center room 132 or South Campus, Zaffirini Library room B209).

Policy and Procedure

Students attemtping the TSIA2 exam at Laredo College must have a Palomino ID (PID) number assigned. It is strongly recommended that students meet with their academic advisor before testing in order to obtain the Assessment Permit for the exam. The academic advisor will determine what section of the TSIA2 a student needs to take. 

High school students who are part of the Dual Enrollment program at LC must have a Palomino ID number on file in order to take the exam. The student's respective high school counselor is responsible for determining what section of the TSIA2 a student needs to take. High school students may obtain their Assessment Permit at the Assessment Center. A student will need to know their PID and pending subject in order to request a TSIA2 permit. For questions regarding Dual Enrollment, please contact the Dual Enrollement Office at: 956-794-4113 or visit www.laredo.edu/dual for more information.

Any student attempting the TSIA2 at LC will need a photo ID in order to be admitted for testing, NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Score Information

TSIA2 Readiness Scores are as follows:

Math College Ready Scores

950-990

OR

910-949 AND Diagnostic Level 6

ELAR College Ready Scores

945-990 with a 5 or higher on Essay

OR

910-944 AND Diagnostic Level 5 or 6 AND Essay score 5 or higher

Testing Fees

  • Initial Assessment: $18.00 (ELAR & Math)
  • Re-testing:
    • $18.00 for ELAR (with Essay) & Math
    • $12.00 for ELAR (with Essay)
    • $6.00 for ELAR MC (no Essay)
    • $6.00 for Essay only
    • $6.00 for Math

All exam fees must be paid at the Bursar Office prior to testing. Fees must be paid every time students attempt an exam.

Testing Process

In order to test, students must:

  1. Complete the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) from home. The PAA is required ONLY if a student is taking the TSIA2 for the first time. The PAA can be completed at: https://practice.accuplacer.org/login 
  2. Obtain an Assessment Permit from the academic advisors at the Student Success Center (Ft. McIntosh: LP 201 / South Campus: BH 131)
    • If student is still in high school they must obtain the Assessment Permit at the Assessment Center. Student must know their PID and subject they are pending in order to be issued a permit for the exam. Student's high school counselor is responsible for determining what subject a student needs to take. Student will be required to show a photo ID when requesting an Assessment Permit.
  3. Process payment for exam fees at the Bursar Office (Ft. McIntosh: LP 101 / South Campus: BH A117)
  4. Report to Assessment Center during walk-in hours with the following items:
    • Paid Assessment Permit
    • Photo ID (cannot be a screenshot or image of your ID on your phone/electronic device. You must bring a physical ID card)

Exam Schedules

Ft. McIntosh Campus  
South Campus  

TSIA2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between the TSIA and the TSIA 2.0 exams?  
What are the benchmarks for college-readiness?  
Will Dual Enrollment students be allowed to take the TSIA2 exam at LC?  
If I've taken the TSI in high school, can I use those scores for placement purposes?  
Can I use my SAT/ACT scores for placement in college courses?  
Do I need to complete a Laredo College application to take the TSIA2 exam?  
What if I don't have a Palomino ID number?  
How do I find out what sections of the TSIA2 I need to take?  
If I don't plan on attending Laredo College, can I still take the TSIA2 at LC?  
Do I have to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) for the new TSIA2?  
Can I take the TSIA2 through Zoom Virtual Proctoring?  
How do I register for an appointment to take the TSIA2?  
Are special accommodations available for the TSIA2?  
How long is the TSIA2 exam?  
What happens if I don't pay the TSIA2 test fees?  
I paid for the exam, but I haven't taken it yet. Does the payment for the exam expire?  
I lost my TSIA2 permit. Can I still take the test?  
Do I need an ID in order to take the TSIA2?  
What is the cost of the TSIA2 exam?  
Can I retake the TSIA2?  
When will I get my TSIA2 scores?  
I lost my test scores. How can I get another copy of them?  
Can I bring a calculator or dictionary for the exam?  
I need my TSIA2 scores to be sent to another institution. How do I do that?  

Study Materials

You can access the Pre-Assessment Activity here:

https://practice.accuplacer.org/login

Step 1: Create an account. Use your personal email address and create a password

Step 2: Select the 3rd link (TSI 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity-TSIA2-PAA)

Step 3: Select "Begin Pre-Assessment Activity" 

Step 4: Enter Laredo College as your institution, check the box, and click NEXT.

Step 5: Follow the instructions until you have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). Once you complete the PAA, you can print a copy of the Certificate of Completion. A copy of the Certificate of Completion will also be sent to your email. 

 

Below are study guide links for the TSIA2 exam:

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - Student Informational Brochure

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - Mathematics Sample Questions

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - English Language Arts and Reading Sample Questions

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - Interpreting Your Scores

 

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