San Jacinto College (SJC) uses the Accuplacer Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment to help determine college readiness for students. The test consists of Mathematics, Reading and Writing multiple-choice sections. The test also includes a WritePlacer essay section. The test is not timed and takes about 3½ to 4 hours to finish.
Before testing, be sure to meet with your Admissions Advisor (new students), Educational Planner (continuing students) or the Dual Credit Office (dual credit students) to discuss your options and determine the best test opportunity for you. They will also give you a Testing Request Form to bring to the Testing Center.
All TSI Assessment testing offered is intended solely for SJC students. Please consult with your college or institution to learn what requirements, availability and accommodations they can provide.
You must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)* before you can take the TSI Assessment. The PAA covers what you can expect on the test, its importance and resources available to you to prepare. It includes audio and video elements, so please be sure you have working speakers or a headset. Click on the link below to start:
You must select San Jacinto Community College-All Campuses in Step 1 for verification.
*Please note that any materials or services offered for purchase during or upon completion of the PAA are not affiliated with San Jacinto College and are not required to complete testing.
If you receive test accommodations through SJC's Accessibility Services, those accommodations can apply to your TSI Assessment testing as well. Please contact your Accessibility Services Counselor to work with your campus Testing Coordinator so that we can ensure your needs are met.
If you are eligible to receive accommodations but have not yet applied, please see Accessibility Services for more information.
The Testing Centers do not have study materials available for the TSI Assessment tests; however, you can use free official study materials supplied by Accuplacer.
The Student Success Center also offers preparatory sessions and guides. You can register to attend a prep session using the links below:
You can also review additional study materials for the prep session.
The Testing Centers offer walk-in TSI Assessment testing during our regular office hours. You do not need to schedule an appointment and will be seated on a first come, first served basis. While the Testing Centers will make every effort accommodate you, seating is limited. Please plan ahead to ensure your test needs are met.
On Test Day
When you are ready to test, you will need to bring the following items in order to be seated:
- Your photo identification card (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
- Your Testing Request Form
- Proof of PAA completion
- $30 for the retest fee (retesting only)
You will need to speak to an advisor to receive a Testing Request Form.
All other belongings are prohibited. Electronic devices, including all cell phones and smart watches, must be left outside of the testing lab. Other personal belongings must be stowed as well. Storage lockers are available but limited.
If you are retesting, you will pay at the Business Office before starting. Show them your Testing Request Form and bring back your form, receipt and photo ID to test.