Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA/TSIA2)

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA or TSIA2) 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.


An updated TSIA exam (TSIA2) launched on January 11, 2021. The TSIA2 will take place of the current TSIA exam. If you meet the college readiness benchmarks with the previous version of the TSIA exam, the scores will be valid for 5 years from the date that you took the exam. The same will be the case for the TSIA2 exam. The TSIA2 will differ from the TSIA by having reading and writing combined into one section which will be called the English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) section. There will still be a Mathematics section for the exam. Students who are required to take the TSIA2 must complete the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSIA2 exam (link below).

The updated assessment includes the following enhancements:

  • Integration of separate Reading and Writing assessments to one English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) assessment
  • Students not meeting college readiness benchmarks will now have one diagnostic assessment
  • Free, online library of TSIA2 learning resources for instructional and practice materials that relate to the objectives of the assessments
  • Mathematics section:
    • College readiness classification assessment – 20 items
      • Quantitative Reasoning
      • Algebraic Reasoning
      • Geometric and Spatial Reasoning
      • Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning
    • Diagnostic assessment – 48 items
  • ELAR section:
    • College readiness classification assessment 30 items
      • Literary text analysis
      • Informational text analysis and synthesis
      • Essay revision and editing
      • Sentence revision, editing, and completion
    • Diagnostic assessment – 48 items
    • Essay
  • New score range of 910-990 and essay scores of 1-8


Study Resources




TSIA2 Frequently Asked Questions for more information about TSIA2 testing.


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