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 Assessment Test
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is our
state placement examination. The TSIA2 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 TISA2 assesses the kinds of skills needed for success in
college. You do not need to pass or fail the TSIA2; it only determines your
current skill level in area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately.
The TSIA2 tests your academic preparation in the following
- English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)
- ELAR exam may include an Essay
There is an $18 charge for taking all sections of the TSIA2.
Fees for individual sections are as follows:
$12.00 ….. ELAR with Essay
$6.00 …… ELAR without Essay
$6.00 …… Math Only
Before you attempt the TSIA2 for the first time, 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. LC’s PAA can be
found online at: https://practice.accuplacer.org/login . If you have previously completed the former PAA, you do not need to complete
the current version.
Taking the TSIA2
Follow the steps below to take the TSIA2 (may be done at
Apply for admission at the Office of the
Registrar and Admissions.
Obtain assessment permit at the Student Success
Pay TSIA2 fees at the Bursar’s Office. Fee will
be determined based on which sections you need to take.
Complete PAA online. You may complete PAA online
Bring your assessment
permit, payment receipt of TSIA2 fees, and a valid, government-issued photo ID to the Assessment Center at either campus during
TSIA2 is administered on a walk-in basis. Arrival hours for the TSIA2 are Monday – Thursday from 8:00am – 1:00pm and Friday from 8:00am – 8:30am. Only Math
exams are administered on Fridays.
You should allow approximately 3-5 hours for the complete
TSIA2 assessment. The TSIA2 is computer-based and computer-adaptive, which
means questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you
respond. The TSIA2 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 items on the day you will
Payment receipt for TSIA2 fees
Valid, government-issued photo ID
The TSIA2 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 aides into the testing labs. Students who give or receive
assistance during the TSIA2, 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
For test preparation, you may visit:
Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0
- Mathematics Sample Questions
Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 - English
Language Arts and Reading Sample Questions
In addition to our state assessment examination, the TSIA2
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
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
Or other alternative testes 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 exams, be sure to bring those
exam results to the Office of the Registrar and Admissions or to the Student
For more information on placement testing and assessment,
McIntosh Campus South
Building 227 William
“Billy” Hall Student Center A245