In 2013, the state of Texas recognized that too many of its college students were not academically ready for college-level classes. In an effort to address this problem, the State Education Department introduced the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Evaluating the areas of reading, writing, and math, the TSI gives prospective colleges an idea of how academically successful you might be. Based on performance, a student might be placed in either a traditional college course or a course with assistance to improve certain skills. To help students complete college and earn a degree, the state of Texas has invested many of its resources into assisting college advisors to place students in the courses where they will be most successful. Since the competition for jobs upon graduation is intense, the TSI enables students to be better prepared with the skills needed to pursue a career. So, how do you prepare for the TSI? TSI Pre-Assessment Completing the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment registers you for the test. The college you have chosen will conduct this pre-assessment and document your participation. Preparing for the TSI Test There are many ways to prepare for the test:
- Access the online practice questions and note the areas that you don’t do well. This will give you an opportunity to gain further practice in your weaker areas.
- Review a free online study guide. Using technology in a targeted way often pays big dividends.
- Purchase a book that gives hints and helps for the test.
- Practice the test as many times as possible since learning the test format, in addition to the knowledge required, improves confidence.
- Get plenty of rest the night before.
- Eat a healthy breakfast to keep hunger from being a distraction.
- Prepare all of your supplies the night before: pencils, admission ticket, water, and snack.