TSI

All students who plan to enroll at South Texas College (STC), including students in high school enrolling in a college-level course, MUST take the TSI Assessment Exam before enrolling in any college-level credit coursework.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take a TSI Pre-Assessment? 

All students taking the TSI for the first time are required to submit proof of completion before testing. No student will be allowed to test, until they have completed their Pre-Assessment Activity. If you have tested before for TSI and have completed your Pre-Assessment Activity you do not have to take it again.

You can visit the link below to complete your Pre-Assessment Activity. 

http://www.onlineorientation.net/stc-pa 

What dates are available to test for TSI?

Dates will be shown in the STC Marketplace site once you choose a testing site below.

How much does it cost to take the exam?

All three sections: $29 plus $25 Reservation fee = $54.00;
Two Sections: $20 plus $25 Reservation fee = $45.00;
One Section: $10 plus $25 Reservation fee = $35.00

Where do we meet to take the exam?

Throughout the entire year we test at the following locations:

  • Pecan Plaza: 2603 Pecan Blvd, McAllen, TX
  • Mid-Valley Campus: F-129
  • Starr Campus: G1-404 

How do I sign up for the TSI?

Visit the STC Marketplace online, choose a campus, and then choose the exam(s) and date of your choice.

The following may exempt you from the TSI:

ACT: Composite score of 23 or higher and a 19 on the English and/or Math sections. Valid for 5 years after testing.

SAT: SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.

TAKS: Minimum of 2200 on both English and/or math section with at least a 3 on the writing component on the 11th grade (exit level) exam. Valid for 5 years after testing.

STAAR: Minimum of 4000 on English III Level II and 4000 on Algebra II Level II. Valid for 5 years after testing.

Military: Veterans and active duty personnel serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.

Transfer: Transfer from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the admissions office.

Certificate: Are enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or equivalent).

College Preparatory Courses are valid for 1 year from date of graduation with grade of "C" or higher in English Language Arts (CP110100) and Mathematics (CP111200).