TSI Reading Practice Quiz 1
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Read the following passage and answer the question

Technology is rapidly expanding the scope of capabilities for both professional and personal use; such is the case with smart phones. Professionals now have devices available to them capable of digital media, internet access, phone communication, multi-person scheduling and office tools for documents and presentations. Businesspeople that are often mobile may maximize the use of these critical features on smart phones. Individuals who simply enjoy the luxury of multi-function devices often use these devices for frivolous pursuits such as downloading catchy ring tones, instant messaging about the latest gossip and looking up the world record for most cans crushed on one’s head during the Superbowl. This fusion of capabilities and increased availability of such devices could be a sign of a growing blend in society between work and personal life, or individuals could simply be taking a luxurious approach to their connectivity in personal lives.

The term “frivolous” implies that the author

TSI Information

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test is a program intended to help your college determine if you are ready for college-level course work.  The TSI test covers math, reading, and writing test areas.

The purpose of the TSI exam is to assess your readiness for college-level course work.  Your scores on the TSI will affect the courses you will be placed in, as well as identifying whether any academic interventions are required.

All incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI assessment unless exempted (i.e., meeting ACT or SAT college readiness standards, successful completion of college-level english and math courses...).

The TSI test questions are multiple choice. In addition, many students will be required to write an essay for the writing portion of the test. The questions are aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.

The TSI exam does not have a time limit. The number of questions on the exam vary because the TSI test is a computer-adaptive test.  Computer adaptive tests change the difficulty and number of questions depending on how a student is responding.  Scoring is immediate - after you finish your TSI assessment, you will immediately receive a score and information on your skill or proficiency levels.


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