Placement testing, also known
as assessment, is an important part of student success in post-secondary
education. Information gained from assessment is used to advise students in the
selection of courses that will provide the best possible opportunity for
Assessment is not used for
admission purposes. After being admitted to the college, an assessment is
mandatory for new students to determine placement level and/or to satisfy the
Texas Success Initiative (TSI).
The Texas Success Initiative
(TSI) Assessment is our state placement examination. The TSI determines whether
students have the skills to succeed in college-level courses and it helps to
place students in courses they are ready for, either college-level courses or
courses to prepare them for college-level courses.
The TSI assesses the kinds of
skills needed for success in college. You do not need to pass or fail the TSI;
it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you
can be placed appropriately.
The TSI tests your academic
preparation in four areas:
- Reading Comprehension
There is an $18 charge for
taking all four TSI sections. Each section alone is $6.
Before you take the TSI
assessment, there is a mandatory, state-mandated Pre Assessment Activity (PAA)
that must be completed. Every institution in Texas has their own PAA; PAAs from
other institutions may not be used to satisfy LC’s PAA requirement and vice
versa. The PAA is a mandatory activity that all first-time students who do not
have TSI exemptions must complete before they can test. LC’s PAA can be found
online at https://forms.laredo.edu/forms/tsiform/. You will find a Certificate of Completion at the
conclusion of the PAA. You may print the certificate or capture a photo of it
to provide proof of completion.
Follow the steps below to take
the TSI assessment.
Apply for Admissions at the Enrollment and Registration Services Center.
You will be provided an Assessment Permit at the Enrollment and Registration
Services Center. You may also wish to visit the Student Success Center to
obtain an assessment permit from one of the advisers.
Pay the TSI assessment fee at the Bursar’s Office at either campus. Fee is $18
for all sections of the test, or $6 for each section.
4. Complete the PAA online. You
may complete the PAA from home.
Bring your Assessment permit, payment receipt, PAA proof of completion, and valid, government-issued photo ID to the Assessment Center at either
campus during testing hours.
6. The TSI is administered on a
walk-in basis. Testing hours for the TSI are Monday – Thursday from 8:00
am – 1:00 pm. Friday's from 8:00 am to 8:30 am. The only TSI exams that will be allowed on Friday's will be either the Reading or Math sections. All other exams will be administered between Monday and Thursday.
You should allow approximately
3-5 hours for the entire TSI assessment. The TSI assessment is computer-based
and computer-adaptive, which means questions increase or decrease in difficulty
level depending on how you respond. The TSI Assessment is untimed; however, it is important
that you allow yourself enough time to complete each section because the
results are a key factor in determining your course placement. Be sure to bring
the following documents on the day of the test:
- Assessment Permit
of completion for the PAA
- Payment receipt for TSI fee
- Valid, government-issued
The TSI is computerized, so you
will not need to bring paper or pens/pencils. You will be provided with scratch
paper and pencils at the Assessment Center.
You may NOT bring books,
dictionaries, calculators, cell phones, laptops, tablets, notes, papers, or
other aids into the testing room. Students who give or receive assistance
during the TSI, use notes of any kind, remove test materials from the Assessment
Center, or engage in any other prohibited/disruptive conduct may be subject to
disciplinary action. Only the test-taker will be allowed in the testing room.
For test preparation, you may
(Click on the Information for Students
(Select ACCUPLACER Tests)
Other Assessment Tests
In addition to our state
assessment examination, TSI, the Texas Success Initiative may also be satisfied
with the results of the following examinations:
- The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- The American College Test (ACT)
- The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
- The Texas Assessment of
Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
Or other alternative tests approved by the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (THECB). To verify if you qualify for exemptions
based on scores from any of the above mentioned tests, make sure to take your
test results to the Enrollment Registration Services Center and/or to the
Student Success Center.
For more information on placement testing and assessment, contact:
Fort McIntosh Campus
Lerma-Peña Building, room 227
William "Billy" Hall Student Center, room A245