We want you to be successful in your college courses so your college placement test is an important first step for you. The course placement tests will assess your current skill levels in reading, writing and math. Once you know where you are now, then you can enroll in the right courses to build on your current skills. Your placement test scores will determine which courses you may enroll in at Texas State Technical College (TSTC). You must complete placement testing before registering for classes.
If you are a returning or transfer student, check with your Success Coach about whether or not you need to take (or retake) one or more parts of the placement test.
Before you take the placement test, take time to refresh your reading, writing and math skills so that you can do your very best on your test.
Abilene • 650 E. Hwy 80 • Abilene, TX 79601 • Phone: 325-734-3641
Breckenridge • 307 N. Breckenridge • Breckenridge, TX 76424• 254-559-7715
Brownwood • 305 Booker Street Ave • Brownwood, TX 76801 • 325-641-5955
Fort Bend Co • 5333 F.M. 1640 • Richmond, TX 77469 • 346-239-3423
Harlingen • 1902 North Loop 499 • Harlingen, TX 78550 • 956-364-4310
Marshall • 2650 East End Blvd. S. • Marshall, TX 75671 • 903-923-3227
North Texas • 156 Louise Ritter Blvd. • Red Oak, TX 75154 • 972-617-4738
Sweetwater • 300 Homer K. Taylor Dr. • Sweetwater, TX 79556 • 325-235-7441
Waco • 3801 Campus Drive • Waco, TX 76705 • 254-867-2028
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help institutions determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of Reading, Writing and Math. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet the students’ needs to help them become college-level ready.
If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt (read below) — to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses. Click here to learn more.
Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)
Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). This mandatory activity will stress the importance of the TSI Assessment, provide practice test questions, developmental education options, and available campus and community resources.
● Harlingen: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/tstc-harlingen
● Marshall: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/tstc-marshall
● Waco: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/tstc-waco
● West Texas: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/tstc-west-texas
Please contact the Testing Center at a location near you for more information.
TSI Score Exemptions
Students who meet qualifying standards on the SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR test may be eligible for an exemption. Click here to find out more.
For special accommodations, please contact your Test Center for more information. Students are encouraged to make arrangements at least two weeks prior to test date. Please be advised late requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
TSI Remote Testing
For TSTC prospective students from around the country can arrange to have their placement testing done in advance, close to home. For Non-TSTC Students: TSTC is listed as a remote testing site in the TSI Assessment platform and your college can issue a voucher to have your tests administered at TSTC. Please contact the nearest Testing Center for more information.
College Student Inventory (CSI)
Prior to meeting with a Success Coach you will need to complete the College Student Inventory (CSI). Click here to take the CSI. This CSI link will expire September 8, 2017.
What is the College Student Inventory?
The College Student Inventory (CSI) is an online survey taken by first-time students prior to their arrival at TSTC. By taking the survey, students communicate their anxieties, questions, hopes, goals and plans for the college experience. Information from the survey provides a plan to support success during the first year of college. Using the survey results, TSTC faculty and staff discuss strategies to best support the transition to college life, learning and the connections that encourage success.
The GED® test is offered by computer and it has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. You can choose to test in English or Spanish. Click here to find out more about GED testing.
Additional Testing Services
And many of the TSTC campus offer additional testing services such as CLEP, proctored exams, ASE Certification exam, and more. Click here to read about the services offered.