•  TSI (Texas Success Initiative) 

        What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?  

        The TSI is a state mandate that requires testing to measure college-level readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. Your test scores will not impact your admission to DMC, but you will be required to meet with an Advisor and enroll in a            mandatory developmental education program each semester if your scores do not meet certain requirements.

    Why is the TSI important?  

    This test will determine which classes you will be required to take during your first and subsequent semesters at Del Mar College. Your scores will determine if you will be advised into mandatory developmental courses before beginning college level courses in math, reading, and writing.

    It is very important that you try your best in order to be placed accurately.

    Interpreting TSI Test Scores 

    Can I be exempt from taking the TSI?  

    Click here for a list of TSI exemptions.      

    What should I expect during testing?  

    The entire TSI exam is administered on the computer.  The TSI exam is a computer adaptive exam, which means test questions are based on your response to the previous question.  Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond.  Because the exam is computer adaptive, once you answer a test question, you may not go back to change an answer.  You may also be given an additional diagnostic exam in a particular subject to provide more detailed placement information. 

    FEE:  There is a testing fee of $29 to take the TSI exam.  You may pay in person with cash, credit/debit card, check or money order OR you may now utilize our new online payment feature using your debit or credit card.  Note that there is a $3.50 convenience fee charge with your online purchase.

    A valid photo ID, such as an unexpired driver’s license, student ID or passport is required to test. 

    The test is untimed, but you should leave enough time to finish all sections of the exam.  Each section can take up to two hours. 

    What should I do with my personal belongings?  

    Examinees are allowed to bring only items allowed by individual exams into the Testing Labs.  Examinees may NOT bring any prohibited items into the Testing Labs, including but not limited to:  backpacks, purses, wallets, cell phones, electronic devices, watches, anything on the wrists, food/drink, any unauthorized testing aid, etc...

    Examinees will be given a locker measuring 18(L) x 12(W) x 12(H)  and key to place prohibited items.  Items that do not fit into the locker need to be returned to the examinee's car, home or other secure area.  Del Mar College is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

    Additional Practice for the TSI Exam:

    1.  FREE Official TSI App 
          This app can be accessed through your computer, tablet or mobile device.
          Go to http://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org 
          Click on Sign Up and follow the steps
    2.  FREE Peer Tutoring at the Student Success Center 
          Click here for Peer Tutoring locations and hours of operation or call 361-698-2259..
    3.  Additional Practice Sites: 


    TSI Testing Schedule:

    Examinees may schedule and pay for their TSI exam by either coming into the Testing Center with their valid, unexpired, photo ID and test fee OR examinees may use the link at the bottom of this page to schedule and pay for their TSI exam online. 
    Mondays:                   8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM  
    Tuesdays: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM  
    Wednesdays: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM  
    Thursdays: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM  
    *Saturdays: February 10th at 9:00 AM
    March 24th at 9:00 AM
    April 14th at 9:00 AM
    May 5th at 9:00 AM

    *Testing Schedules are subject to change.  Please review our hours of operation.

    If a testing date is at capacity, examinees may still come to the testing session as a Standby test taker.  Stanby test takers need to report to the Testing Center at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled testing time with their test fee, valid (unexpired) photo ID, and Pre-Assessment Verification Form (if applicable).  Standby test takers are not guaranteed a spot to test, however, once scheduled examinees are seated, Testing Staff will note "no-shows" and fill those seats with Standby test takers                                                      

     Online Payment F.A.Q.s   

     ATTENTIONIf you are testing on the Writing portion of TSI, be aware that on 7.27.17, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board lowered the minimum TSI Writing benchmark to enter into college level courses to the following: 

     TSI Writing Placement Score of 340+ AND 4 on the Essay OR Essay of 5+ 

    Math and Reading scores will remain the same.  For questions pertaining to TSI Scores, please contact the Testing Center at 361-698-1645. 


    Click here to begin your Pre-Assessment Activity.

    Click here to pay and schedule your TSI exam.