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The TSI Assessment is part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help colleges and universities determine if you are ready for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

### Who takes the TSI Assessment?

If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment unless you are exempt. Exemptions apply if you:

• Have met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT, ACT, or the English III/Algebra II STAAR End-of-Course high school tests
• Have successfully completed college-level course(s)
• Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours)
• Are not seeking a degree, or
• Have been, or currently are, in the military

### What’s on the TSI Assessment?

You can expect the following topics to be included on the TSIA:

#### Four content areas in Mathematics:

1. Elementary Algebra and functions: linear equations, inequalities, and systems; algebraic expressions and equations; and word problems and applications
2. Intermediate Algebra and functions: quadratic and other polynomial expressions, equations, and functions; expressions, equations, and functions involving powers, roots, and radicals; and rational and exponential expressions, equations, and function
3. Geometry and measurement: plane geometry; transformations and symmetry; and linear, area, and three- dimensional measurements
4. Data analysis, statistics, and probability: interpreting categorical and quantitative data, statistical measures, and probabilistic reasoning

#### Four content areas in Reading:

1. Literary analysis: identifying and analyzing ideas in and elements of literary texts
2. Main idea and supporting details: identifying the main idea of a passage and in comprehending explicit textual information in a passage
3. Inferences in a text or texts: making a connection or comparison between two passages and in making an appropriate inference about single passages
4. Author’s use of language: identifying an author’s purpose, tone, organization or rhetorical strategies, and use of evidence in determining the meaning of words in context

#### Four content areas in Writing:

1. Essay revision: providing coherence, organization, and good word choice and achieving rhetorical effectiveness and use evidence
2. Agreement: performing subject-verb agreement and pronoun agreement and determining verb tenses
3. Sentence structure: comma splices and run-on sentences, improper punctuation, fragments and parallelism, and subordination and coordination
4. Sentence logic: correctly placing modifying phrases and clauses and using logical transitions

A five-paragraph persuasive essay may be required (approximately 300-600 words) on a controversial issue or one of current interest.

### Before taking the exam

Prior to taking the TSI Assessment, you are required to participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity, which is provided by the college or university where you will take your TSI Assessment. The activity varies by institution and must include the following:

• An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment and how the assessment works
• Practice test questions and feedback
• An explanation of all your developmental education options if you don’t meet the minimum passing standard
• Information on campus and community resources that will help you succeed as a college student

Contact the college or university where you plan to take the test for details on dates and times to complete this mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity.

### Preparing for the exam

Practice exams are an effective way to prepare for the TSI Assessment. Peterson’s offers three full-length practice tests that are all fully aligned with the TSI Assessment, including detailed answer explanations for every question. Start studying today!