Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) is the state-mandated placement test (Texas Education Code §51.3062) that Texas public institutions must use to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses. The purpose of the TSIA test is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, reading, and writing. You cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors to determine your course selection and where you will be most successful.

In addition, students are required to complete a TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before completing the TSIA exam.

The TSIA Pre-Assessment will discuss the content and importance of the TSI Assessment, exemptions, provide sample questions, testing details and support, and more. McLennan Community College is required by Rule §4.55.b of the Texas Administration Code to document your participation in the TSIA Pre- Assessment prior to taking the TSIA exam.

Start the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

After completing the PAA, check your email for your PAA completion certificate. Email your certificate to or print and bring to your testing appointment in order to you take the TSIA exam.

For instruction on how to set-up your virtual TSIA exam, please click here.
For helpful tips to prepare you for test day, please click here.

For information on how to take the TSIA exam at another testing location, please email, and someone will get back to you with instructions.

Students may be exempt from taking the TSI for the following reasons:

  • The student has achieved high ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR scores
    • Copy of scores on an official transcript or official score report is required
  • The student is seeking a Level – 1 Certificate
  • The student has graduated with an associate degree or higher
  • The student is transferring from an out-of-state or private institution and has earned 9 hours of college-level credit with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
  • The student is active duty or retired military

For more detailed exemption requirements for the TSI exam, please click here.

For Dual Credit TSI Exemptions, please click here.

Three Sections (Entire test): $25.00 (plus $3.50 service fee)
Two Sections: $18.00 (plus $3.50 service fee)
One Section: $10.00 (plus $1.50 service fee)


A valid, unexpired photo ID is required for all testing. Acceptable forms of government-issued IDs include a driver's license, state ID card, passport, military ID, national ID, tribal ID, naturalization card, certificate of citizenship, or permanent resident card (Green Card). A photo or photocopy of an ID is not acceptable. Photos must be clear and recognizable. Student IDs are acceptable for the following exams: MCC MPE, MCC Course Exams, Correspondence Exams, and TSIA.

Do not have a valid, unexpired photo ID, then you may complete the ACCUPLACER Student ID Form.

Calculators will be provided on the computer within the exam.

You will receive a copy of your score report upon completion of your exam.

Need MCC to retrieve your TSIA scores from another testing location or for your TSIA scores to be released to another College or University? Download and complete our Request Form for TSIA Scores.

The college will use the following minimum TSIA cut scores to determine a student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. Scores are valid for five (5) years from the date of testing.


State Reading Cut Scores

State Writing Cut Scores

State Math Cut Scores


351 or above

5 or higher on the Wirteplacer with any score on the writing placement exam


4 on the Writeplacer with a 340 or higher on the writing placement exam

350 or above

The TSIA is offered during regular testing hours.
Walk-in testing is available based on seat availability.

TSI Sample Assessment Questions
MCC TSI Sample Assessment Question Videos
TSI Sample Assessment Essays
TSI Study App
Understanding Your Scores
TSI Assessment Student Brochure
How to Retrieve & Provide your Individual TSI Score Report

The MCC Testing Center works closely with Accommodations (Disability Services) to provide services for students with ADA accommodations. Testing candidates requiring testing accommodations must register first with Accommodations. The registration process with Accommodations should be done in a timely manner to allow enough reasonable time for the Testing Center to prepare all testing accommodations.

Once testing accommodations have been approved, the student must inform the MCC Testing Center of his or her approved testing accommodations, so their RegisterBlast account can be appropriately set-up prior to registering for an exam. Students who do not follow these steps run the risk of not having their testing accommodations for that exam.

See the Requesting Accommodations webpage for process information. See webpage for ACT & SAT, CLEP, and HiSet for information on how to request accommodations for these exams.

Your college or university must submit a Letter of Accommodation to the MCC Testing Center before any testing accommodations will be provided. Email to or fax to 254-299-6200 Attn: Testing Services.

Note: Any student who has approved accommodations and who cannot see or select their approved testing accommodation when registering for an exam should contact the MCC Testing Center immediately and prior to registering for any exams.