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TSI Assessment Testing

Once you apply for admission and complete orientation (if required), the next step is assessment testing.

Before registering for your first credit course, you must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which includes a pre-assessment activity and assessment testing.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Part of the program is an assessment to determine your basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing.

All credit students are required by law to take an assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

See exemptions to determine if you are exempt from TSI requirements.

Dallas County Community College District administers state-approved TSI assessments.

Pre-Assessment Activity

You will be required to complete a pre-assessment activity before taking the actual assessment test.

During the pre-assessment activity, you will view sample test questions and will also have the opportunity to take a practice test before completing the official TSI test.

Taking Your Assessment Test

On your test date, you will need:

  • A referral form
  • Your student ID or any other photo ID

​Once you have completed your pre-assessment activity and assessment, advisors will use your test scores to recommend course choices during registration.