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.

As of Fall 2018, placement has changed. Please follow this link for more information.

Please use the following for placement into classes through Summer 2018:

Mathematics (MATH)

If a student’s degree plan requires
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics:

The student:
TSI Assessment for Math:
Score 350-390 (TSI Complete)

May enroll in MATH 1332
Score 343-349 May enroll in TMTH 0132 & MATH 1332 or TMTH 0374
Score 336-342 Must enroll in TMTH 0374
Score below 336  
ABE Score 5 or 6 May enroll in TMTH 0174 & TMTH 0374 or TMTH 0374
ABE Score 3 or 4 Must enroll in TMTH 0174 and TMTH 0374
ABE Score 1 or 2 May be enrolled in TMTH 0174 & TMTH 0374 or *may be referred to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5.
If a student’s degree plan requires MATH 1314 College Algebra: The student:
TSI Assessment for Math: Score 350-390 (TSI Complete) May enroll in MATH 1314
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Score 346-349 May enroll in TMTH 0114 & MATH 1314 or TMTH 0365.
Do not enroll in TMTH 0375
Upon successful completion of TMTH 0365 Must enroll in TMTH 0375
Score 336-345 Must enroll in TMTH 0365
Score below 336  
ABE Score 5 or 6 May enroll in TMTH 0165 & TMTH 0365 or TMTH 0365
ABE Score 3 or 4 Must enroll in TMTH 0165 & TMTH 0365
ABE Score 1 or 2 May be enrolled in MTH 0165 & TMTH 0365 or *may be referred to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5.

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.             
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Reading score is 345-350 ANDWriting score is 339 or below AND ABE of 4 or higher AND 4 or lower on the essay May enroll in INRW 0100 AND ENGL 1301 OR INRW0173 AND INRW 0373.
Upon successful completion of INRW 0173 AND INRW 0373 Must enroll in ENGL 1301
Reading score is 344 or below AND Writing score is 339 or below AND ABE is below 4 AND 4 or lower on the essay Must enroll in INRW 0173 and INRW 0373
ABE Score 1 or 2 May be enrolled in INRW 0173 & INRW 0373or *may be referred to Adult Basic Education Services through Region 5.

*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/can retest anytime to be TSI complete.


Click here to view TSI exemptions at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.

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.