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What is TSI?
TSI is the Texas Success Initiative.
Any student entering a Texas Public College or University who is not exempt must test in a TSI approved test prior to registration.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the awarding of a contract to the College Board for the development of a new comprehensive diagnostic and placement testing system to further the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) goal of preparing all Texas students to be college ready and to achieve college success. To be known as the TSI Assessment, this new assessment system is powered by the ACCUPLACER Platform and is customized tool to align to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.
As a new comprehensive assessment system, the TSI Assessment is designed to help institutions of higher education determine whether, and at what level, incoming students are prepared to enroll and succeed in entry-level college courses, as well as offer developmental interventions options. It will also help educators plan classroom instruction according to student strengths and weaknesses. The TSI Assessment is a uniquely designed test with the ability to address not only the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards but also educational functioning level descriptors for adult basic education. The overarching goal is to help all students successfully transition to postsecondary degree paths, certificate programs and the workplace.
Texas institutions of higher education will be able to more appropriately tailor remediation programs and direct students to the most appropriate support services, resulting in better student outcomes.
The new program, combined with focused student support services, will help:
- Distinguish the preparedness of students at three levels: 1) college ready, 2) within two years of college ready and 30 adult basic education;
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students;
- Measure student preparedness before and after arriving in college;
- Foster enhanced alignment of K-12 and higher education expectations through a suite of comprehensive reporting capabilities and data available online;
- Design intervention programs modeled on analyses of student’ strengths and weaknesses derived from individual, aggregate and statewide data;
- Reduce the amount of developmental course work required by students as they start college;
- Increase postsecondary matriculation, retention and graduation rates;
- Validate the statewide common cut-score policy to confirm that assessments and curricula are aligned;
- Monitor and manage the amount of over remediation through effective tools and successfully accelerate students more quickly and more effectively toward completion goals.
1. What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level.
2. Can I fail ACCUPLACER?
You cannot "pass" or "fail" ACCUPLACER tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
4. How do I make an appointment to take ACCUPLACER?
To schedule your ACCUPLACER appointment, please contact or stop by your institution’s advising and counseling office. If you are not close to your campus, call your institution’s advising and counseling office for a testing alternative.
How Does ACCUPLACER Work?
ACCUPLACER test questions are based on your responses to previous questions. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since test results are a key factor in determining the course(s) you can enroll in. ACCUPLACER test results are available immediately following your test. Before you take ACCUPLACER, make sure to ask your academic advisor about your institution’s testing policies and procedures.
How to Prepare for ACCUPLACER
ACCUPLACER offers several learning tools that help you improve in areas where your academic performance is not the strongest. You can take advantage of these tools to familiarize yourself with the types of questions given on an ACCUPLACER test.
The Official ACCUPLACER iPhone App
Sharpen your academic skills in mathematics, reading and writing with the 250 questions this app offers.
The Official ACCUPLACER iPhone App
The Official ACCUPLACER Study App is intended to familiarize you with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test. The app provides interactive sample questions on the following ACCUPLACER tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. At $1.99, the app is an affordable way for you to:
§ improve your academic skills in reading, writing or math
§ access interactive sample questions on all ACCUPLACER tests
§ get immediate and detailed feedback on correct or incorrect answers
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and requires iOS 4.2 or later.
The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App
Access hundreds of questions to familiarize yourself with the ACCUPLACER basic content and experience.
The Official Web-Based Study App
The web-based study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. You can access the app at any computer and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of ACCUPLACER tests. With this app, you can enjoy the following features:
§ “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
§ Sample tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
§ Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
§ Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses
Free ACCUPLACER Sample Questions
For more information on the availability of ACCUPLACER//MyFoundationsLab at your college, please contact your advising and counseling office.