New TSI Assessment Information
After you are admitted, but before registering for your first course at Cedar Valley, you must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which include assessment testing. *Note: First time testers must take the entire assessment in one sitting, which may take up to 5 hours.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Part of the program is an assessment to determine your basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing.
All students are required by law to take an assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Certain scores on SAT, ACT, THEA, or TAKS may be used for exemptions. Speak with an advisor to determine if you are exempt or waived from TSI requirements.
Assessment is not used to determine admission except for students wishing to enroll in "special admissions" programs. You are expected to consult with the college advising center in order to meet the TSI requirements. It is your responsibility to be aware of all TSI regulations.
Assessment is not required for students enrolling in continuing education courses or students seeking a certificate (except in certain cases where a selected course requires a skills prerequisite).
Taking your Assessment Test
The TSI Assessment is designed to help colleges in Texas determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This assessment will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college-level courses.
Students who have tested prior to or on August 22, 2013, but are not registered by August 22nd will be required to retest on the new test if they have not met College Readiness standards.
Along with the new testing instrument, students will be required to participate in a mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity prior to testing. DCCCD students should go to eConnect, to the Current Credit Students menu, under Prepare to Register view the Pre-Assessment Video. This video is designed to help students understand the importance of the test, give the students opportunity to preview and practice sample questions, and introduce course options and available resources. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the preparation offered through the Pre-Assessment Activity as this test will determine the student's eligibility for entry level college courses.
After completing the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), the eConnect system will indicate that the PAA requirement has been met. The student will then be able to see an academic advisor to receive the testing referral. The test is free for those taking the test for the first time. Retesting is available at a fee of $10 per section. Dual credit students must obtain a testing referral through the College Readiness office, Cedar Valley College room C226. A referral form is required for admission to the Testing Center, Room L113, 972-860-8118.