TSI Pre-Assessment

Students prepared to do college-level work graduate at twice the rate of students who are not prepared. Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) wants all students to be prepared for academic coursework and to meet their educational goals in order to graduate.

Assessments are indicators of academic performance and are required before, during and after college. The first assessment students are required to complete is the TSI Assessment. Students who plan to enroll in an institution of Higher Education in Texas must complete the TSI Assessment to assess their academic skills. The TSI Assessment will help to determine if a student is ready to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework in reading, writing and math.

Before taking the new TSI Assessment, students must complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). During the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity students complete a sample TSI Assessment, learn about the Non-Course Based Options (NCBOs) offered at Lamar Institute of Technology and identify Institute resources available to students (such as tutoring and financial aid).

Students must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity and show proof of completion to the Testing Center, by completing the form below and submitting by clicking email. Institute faculty and staff are committed to helping students reach college and career goals. So be prepared, stay focused, complete assignments and study for all assessments.

Assessment Process and Components

The following is a sample TSI Assessment with answers and rationale, as well as examples of WritePlacer essays with explanations of key components needed for essay scores (1-8).

Non-Course-Based Option Intervention (NCBO)

As part of the Texas Success initiative, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has recognized the varied needs of students. As a result, Lamar Institute of Technology offers alternative interventions to help students complete developmental education. One of the interventions currently offered is a Non-Course-Based Option intervention or NCBO. The Institute offers NCBOs called "Jump Start" courses in mathematics and integrated reading and writing.

Developmental Education Guidelines Fall 2018
Mathematics (MATH)

If a student’s degree plan requires
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics:
 
The student:
TSI Assessment for Math:
Score 350 or higher  (TSI Complete)
 
May enroll in MATH 1332 or any college level course requiring a passing TSI mathematics score
Score 336 -349
OR
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 5 or 6
May enroll in  MATH 1332 & TMTH 0232
OR
TMTH 0374 & TMTH 0174
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 4 or 3 Must enroll in TMTH 0374 & TMTH 0174
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 1 or 2 Refer student to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5 or may enroll in TMTH 0374 & TMTH 0174
If a student’s degree plan requires
MATH 1314 College Algebra:
 
The student:
TSI Assessment for Math:
Score 350 or higher  (TSI Complete)
 
May enroll in MATH 1314 or any college level course requiring a passing TSI mathematics score
Score 336 -349
OR
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 5 or 6
May enroll in MATH 1314 & TMTH 0214
OR
TMTH 0375 & TMTH 0165
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 4 or 3 Must enroll in TMTH 0375 & TMTH 0165
Score 335 or below AND ABE Score 1 or 2 Refer student to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5 or may enroll in TMTH 0375 & TMTH 0165
 
 

 
Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW)
TSI Assessment for Reading and Writing:
 
The student:
Reading score 351-390 AND
Writing score of 340 or higher AND 4 or higher on essay
OR
Reading score 351-390 AND
Writing score below 340 AND ABE 4 or higher AND   5 or higher on essay
 (TSI complete)
May enroll in ENGL 1301 or any college level course requiring a passing TSI writing or reading score.
PLACEMENT
 
Reading score is 340-350 AND
Writing score is 339 or below AND ABE of 5 or higher AND 4 or lower on the essay
 
May enroll in ENGL 1301 & INRW 0301
OR
INRW 0373 & INRW 0173
Reading score is 339 or below
OR
Writing score is 339 or below AND ABE is below 4 AND 4 or lower on the essay
 
Must enroll in INRW 0373 & INRW 0173
ABE Score 1 or 2
 
 
 
 
Refer student to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5 or may enroll in INRW 0373 & INRW 0173
*Students with an ABE Score of 1 or 2 in all three TSI areas must be referred to Region 5 for
Adult Basic Education Services: (409) 951-1700 *
 *Students may retest anytime to be TSI complete.*
Minimum Scores Eligible for TSI Exemption

 
 

Additional Information on the TSI Assessment:

2015 Student TSI Brochure

Interpreting my score

Institutional and Community Resources

Pre-Assessment Activity Certificate of Completion

All students must present proof that they have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity prior to taking the TSI Assessment. You will not be able to test without completing a Certificate of Completion. Please complete the certificate below and submit to the Testing Center by clicking EMAIL. This email will be delivered to the Testing Center and you will receive a copy of this email. You only need to do this once.