Texas Success Initiative Assessment


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San Jacinto College uses the Accuplacer Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) to help determine college readiness for students. The test consists of Mathematics, Reading and Writing multiple-choice sections, and a WritePlacer essay section.

Starting January 11th, 2021, the Accuplacer Texas Success Intiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) will replace the current TSIA. The TSIA2 will consist of Mathematics and ELAR multiple-choice sections, and a WritePlacer essay section.

Starting January 11th, 2021, the Accuplacer Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) will replace the original TSIA test version. When TSIA2 becomes available, students will no longer have the option to take the original TSIA. Any students with ongoing TSIA tests will need to restart using TSIA2.

Existing TSIA scores from completed tests will remain valid for up to 5 years after the test date; however depending on which TSIA sections you completed, you should speak to an advisor about if any TSIA2 testing is appropriate for you.

In some cases, your advisor can use existing TSIA scores in combination with TSIA2 scores to determine college readiness.

The TSIA2 will consist of two multiple-choice sections: Mathematics and ELAR, an integrated reading and writing section. The TSIA2 will also include a WritePlacer Essay section.

You should meet with an advisor to discuss your testing needs. They will provide you with a Testing Request Form that you will need before scheduling to test.

After testing, you should meet with an advisor to discuss your scores and what they mean for class enrollment. You have the option to retest if appropriate as discussed with your advisor. You will need to pay a retest fee (Dual Credit and ECHS exempt) and can test once per day.

If you are eligible to receive testing accommodations, please meet with Accessibility Services to ensure you receive the appropriate accommodations and learn how they can apply to this test.

This test is only available for the purpose of enrollment with San Jac.

The TSIA is not timed. Most students finish in about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, but you are allowed up to 14 days to finish. You can take breaks during any multiple-choice section, but you must finish your essay in one sitting.

Before testing, you must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). The PAA will help you know what to expect and how to prepare for the test.

When you're ready to test, be sure to have:

  • Your photo ID (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
  • Your Testing Request Form
  • Your PAA Completion Certificate
  • $30 for the retest fee or your payment receipt

If you're testing virtually, confirm that you can meet the additional technical requirements before scheduling.

If you need to retest, speak with your advisor to learn how you can complete payment through your SOS Account.

To test virtually, you will need a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam and audio capabilities. Devices such as cell phones, iPads, Surface and other tablets will not work.

Please follow these steps to ensure you meet the technical requirements:

  1. Download and install Zoom on your device.
  2. Create your Zoom account using the same email you use to schedule your test appointment.
  3. Confirm that Zoom can correctly run Zoom (use the join with video option).
  4. Confirm that your device can run Accuplacer.

The Accuplacer Student Portal provides practice resources to help you prepare and allows you to retrieve your unofficial score report.