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Free TSI Practice Tests

Free TSI Practice Tests

TSI Practice Tests are an ideal way to prepare for your upcoming TSI exam. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment is a program that assesses your readiness for college-level courses in math, reading, and writing. Colleges also use the TSI results to help determine the level of courses and any necessary interventions that are necessary to help you succeed.

The TSI exam consists primarily of multiple choice questions. Additionally, students may be asked to write a five-paragraph persuasive essay.

Our directory of free TSI practice tests are listed below.  Taking sample questions is an effective way to study for your high school equivalency exams.  

Our free TSI sample tests provide you with an opportunity to assess how well you are prepared for the actual TSI test, and then concentrate on the areas you need work on.

TSI Practice Tests from Test-Guide.com

TSI Math

TSI Math Practice Quiz 1
TSI Math Practice Quiz 2
TSI Math Practice Quiz 3
TSI Math Practice Quiz 4
TSI Math Practice Quiz 5

TSI Reading

TSI Reading Practice Quiz 1
TSI Reading Practice Quiz 2
TSI Reading Practice Quiz 3
TSI Reading Practice Quiz 4
TSI Reading Practice Quiz 5

TSI Writing

TSI Writing Practice Quiz 1
TSI Writing Practice Quiz 2
TSI Writing Practice Quiz 3
TSI Writing Practice Quiz 4

Test-Guide.com's sample TSI questions are an excellent way to study for your upcoming TSI exams.  Our sample tests require no registration (or payment!).  The questions are categorized based on the TSI test outline and are immediately scored at the end of the quiz.  Once you are finished with the quiz, you will be presented with a score report which includes a complete rationale (explanation) for every question you got wrong.  We will be adding more sample test questions in the near future, so please come back often.  If you like these TSI practice questions, please make sure to like us on facebook!

TSI Study Resources

In preparing for your TSI exam, you may find these resources helpful:

TSI Student Brochure (PDF) - from CollegeBoard (test developer)

TSI Sample Questions (PDF) - from CollegeBoard (test developer)

TSI Test Information  - from College For All Texans

TSI Regulatory Information  - from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

TSI Practice Test Benefits

There are many benefits of preparing for your TSI exam with practice tests.  Studying for your TSI test using sample questions is one of the most effective study practices you can use.  The advantages of using sample TSI tests include:

  • Improving Your Problem Solving Abilities - To do well on the TSI exam, especially the math section, you need to be able to solve problems. As you practice with our sample questions, and review the provided explanations, you will increase your ability to solve problems. 
  • Mastering the Test Format - Standardized exams, like the TSI, have their own particular test formats.  The best way to become familiar with the test format is to take practice exams. By understanding the TSI test format you will have no surprises on test day! 
  • Concentrating Your Study - Many students waste a lot of valuable study time by reviewing material that they are good at (often because it is easier or makes them feel better). As you take more and more sample tests you begin to get a feel for the topics that you know well and the areas that you are weak on.   The most effective way to study is to concentrate on the areas that you need help on.

TSI Exam Overview

 The TSI exam covers the following areas:

Mathematics
The TSI math test includes word problems using real-world situations. There are approximately 20 questions on the TSI placement test and 10 items on the diagnostic tests. Students are presented problems that includes diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables.  Calculators are not allowed on the exam but the ability to use an online calculator is available for certain test questions.  The topics on the math test include: elementary algebra and functions, intermediate algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and data analysis, statistics and probability.

Reading
The TSI reading exam tests the student's ability to understand information presented in reading passages. The reading passages may include excerpts from: novels, short stories, newspapers, magazines, poetry, drama, and business documents.  Questions are multiple-choice and there are approximately 24 questions on the placement test and 10 to 12 on the diagnostic test.  The topics covered in the reading test include: literary analysis, main ideas and supporting details, inferences in a text, and author's use of language.

Writing
The TSI writing exam measures how well a student can identify and correct errors in written text.  Errors will include sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and organization.  Similar to the reading exam, the questions are multiple choice and there are approximately 20 questions on the placement test and 10 to 12 on the diagnostic test. Topics include essay revision, agreement, sentence structure, and sentence logic. 

Essay
Students may also be asked to write an essay. The essay is a persuasive essay between 300 and 600 words long (five paragraphs). The essay writing prompt will be either a controversial topic or an item of current interest. Students are expected to present and support a main idea. Students will be measure on how well the develop the main idea with specific examples and details. Additionally, students will be assessed on how well they follow the conventions of standard English.

Who needs to take the TSI and Exemptions

All incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI exemption unless they are exempt. The most common TSI exemptions are granted for:

  • ACT Scores - scoring higher than a 23 (composite), including a minimum score of 19 on both the English and math tests.
  • SAT Scores - scoring higher than a 1070 (combined verbal+math), with a minimum score of 500 on both sections.
  • TAKS Scores - scoring higher than 2200 on both the math and English Language Arts section, as well as a 3 or higher on the writing subsection.
  • Veteran Status - veterans, active duty, and/or reserve status for 3 years prior to enrollment.
  • Transfer Students - you are exempt if you have already satisfactorily completed college-level courses
  • Certificate Students - you are exempt if you enroll in certificate programs (one year or less) at a public institution

The official rules regarding exemptions can be found here. (Warning! it's long and boring!)

TSI Scores

Each of the TSI subject tests are score independently. Students must meet certain "college ready" scores in each subject test in order to not be required to take developmental education or accelerated intervention coursework.  The college-level passing scores are phased in based on enrollment dates and listed below:

Phase I - Students entering higher education fall 2013

  • Math: 350
  • Reading: 351
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350

Phase II - Students entering higher education fall 2017

  • Math: 356
  • Reading: 355
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350

Phase III - Students entering higher education fall 2019

  • Math: 369
  • Reading: 359
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350
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