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Taking the TSI Assessment

Overview

Students who are not exempted from TSI requirements by other means must take the TSI Assessment. The University of Texas at Austin does not accept scores from other assessments such as COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, THEA, or ASSET. The TSI Assessment is designed to help the university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

Test Details

The goal of the test is to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths.

  • It is comprised of multiple-choice questions and will ask you to write an essay if you are required to take the writing assessment
  • The assessment is untimed
  • It is computer-adaptive, meaning that questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you respond
  • Once you have complete the assessment, your scores and information on your proficiency will be provided immediately
  • You may retake all or any sections as many times as you would like (this will require the same registration and fee)

What happens if I don’t meet the minimum requirements?

The TSI Assessment is designed to help the university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If your scores fall below the minimum listed below, the TSI Assessment will also help determine what type of developmental course or intervention will best help you succeed in subsequent courses at the university.
The minimum TSI Assessment scores required to satisfy TSI requirements at UT are

  • Reading: 351
  • Mathematics: 350
  • Writing: essay score of 5 or essay score of 4 and multiple choice of 363

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements in one or more sections of the TSI Assessment will work with the TSI Advisor to choose one of the following two Developmental Course plans:

1. Semester-Long Developmental Course
2. Non Course Based Option