Purpose of the TSI Assessment

The State of Texas requires all students who attend a public institution of higher education to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state legislated program designed to improve student success in college. The purpose of placement testing is to determine your current level of skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math. This information determines the most appropriate courses for your enrollment.

What We Offer  

  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
    Computer-adaptive placement that chooses questions on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This is a multiple-choice/essay test that is untimed.

Who Has to Take the TSI Assessment?

All students, unless considered TSI Complete, must take a complete assessment (TSI) prior to enrolling at LSCS. Enrollment in most college-level courses requires scores high enough to place into the college-level course or students will need to complete all appropriate developmental coursework with a “C” or better. For more information about standards for TSI complete and placement test scores, please review the LSCS Catalog.

Determining Course Placement using TSI Assessment

  • This is not a pass/fail test. 
  • The TSI Assessment helps determine appropriate academic level.
  • Proper course placement during the first year is critical to fostering student success in college. Placement scores help ensure students enroll in courses that best match their academic skills and prior learning experience.
  • Enrollment in most college-level courses requires meeting a minimum score or students will need to complete all appropriate developmental coursework with a “C” or better.

How to prepare for the TSI Assessment (Test Prep)

Test Prep / TSI Assessment  Workshops:

This FREE three-hour workshop provides participants with an overview of computer-based placement testing, testing strategies, and information about each portion of the test, including sample questions and how tests are scored. Fill out a request by selecting a date below to reserve your seat.

Please check in at the Courtesy Counter in the Learning Center, 2nd floor of Bldg. C.

Part I: What to Expect (30 minutes)
  • TSI Assessment Overview
  • Types of Tests Available
  • Tips for Computer-Based-Testing

Part II: Sample Problems (1 hour)

  • Reading, Writing and Essay 
  • Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and Trig

Part III: Preparing for the Test (30 minutes)

  • Day Study Plan
  • Tips for Testing Day

Ready to take your TSI Assessment?

Step 1
Contact LSC-Montgomery Admissions desk located in Bldg. C, 1st Floor
Step 2 Obtain a Test Ticket from an admissions specialist
Step 3 Pay for your test at the Business Office in Building E,1st Floor.
Step 4 Register for Test Prep and Placement Test by clicking on a date and time in the table below. Test Prep is not required but recommended. The Test Prep should be completed before TSI Assessment.
Step 5 The "Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) is required before taking the TSI Assessment. The PAA is a 10 minutes video and should be completed in your MyLoneStar account
Step 6 Come to the Testing Center with your Test Ticket, receipt and a photo I.D.
Step 7 The Complete TSI Assessment (noted as all parts on the test ticket) can be taken at the dates, times and locations on the back side of the test ticket. Students should allow at least four hours to complete this exam.
Step 8 Students needing to take only one or two sections of the placement exam should allow at least two hours to complete a single portion of the exam. Students can come to the Test Center to take the partial exam at any time the Testing Center is open and bring a test ticket, paid receipt and a photo I.D.

Click the link below to reserve a seat for Test Prep:

Test Prep - SIGN UP

*Please arrive 15 minutes before session starts.


Reservation for TSI Assessment Test is recommended not required:

*Arrival 15 minutes before the exam is required.

For more information about TSI Assessment / Test Prep contact:

Learning Center Courtesy Counter:

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