Let’s Talk About the TSI
The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) evaluates a student’s readiness for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet a student's needs and assist students in becoming better prepared for college-level coursework.
Due to COVID-19, the campuses of Dallas College are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely. As a result, TSI assessment requirements are being waived.
The exceptional circumstances waiver will support all high school graduates and dual credit students.
You can find out more about TSI exemptions and waivers in the Dallas College catalog.
High school graduates
High school students who have who have not yet met TSI requirements should contact their academic advisor to discuss recommended courses. Contact the
Academic Advising Center for more information.
Dual Credit Students
If you are a dual credit student, Dallas College dual credit coordinators will utilize the following criteria to help determine placement into recommended courses:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Grade of B or higher in related content courses (English and Math)
- High School Counselor recommendation
Important notice: All students receiving the exceptional circumstances waiver must be assessed by the end of their first semester of in-person enrollment and completing entry-level freshman course.
There are exemptions to taking the TSI. You can find out more about TSI exemptions and waivers in the Dallas College catalog. You must take the TSI (or be exempted from taking it) before you can register for classes. At some of the campuses of Dallas College, the TSI must be completed before you can participate in orientation.
TSI Assessment Steps
You may choose to take the TSI assessment online through remote proctoring as an alternative to the waiver.
If you choose remote testing, here are the steps you will need to follow.
Step One: Prepare, Practice and Study for the TSI
Consider preparing for the TSI. There are free practice resources available for the TSI assessment through the ACCUPLACER website, including a web-based study app, practice questions and sample essays.
Step Two: Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity
All students must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) in eConnect before taking the TSI. To take the PAA, you will need your Dallas College ID number, and you must be able to log into your eConnect account.
When you finish the Pre-Assessment Activity, click on the "Credit Student Menu" in eConnect, then select "My Personal Information" followed by "My Advising Report (GPA)". Make sure PAA shows as "taken" with the date it was completed.
Step Three: Complete the Online Assessment Referral Form.
You must complete a testing referral before taking the TSI assessment.
Out-of-state students or students unable to take the assessment at one of the campuses of Dallas College will need to complete the TSI assessment at another approved Texas institution or through alternate remote delivery.
Online students who have tested elsewhere through an approved state institution and need their scores retrieved from the state database must submit an Individual Score Report (ISR) request form to the office listed below:
Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee free testing from an outside institution.
Step Four: Take the TSI Assessment
If you choose to take the TSI Assessment, you can use the remote proctoring option through Examity. Plan ahead. It may take up to one week or longer for proctor availability.
Please see the
detailed instructions on taking the TSI through Examity.
Once you have completed your TSI Assessment, advisors will use your TSI Assessment scores to recommend course choices during registration.