TSI Information


Before registering for your first DCCCD course, you must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which include assessment testing.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI (formerly TASP) 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). DCCCD prefers that incoming students who are not exempt take the ACCUPLACER.

exemptions to determine if you are exempt from TSI requirements. Although you may be exempt for TSI purposes, you may have to take an assessment test to satisfy specific course prerequisites.

Each Dallas County Community College administers ACCUPLACER and ASSET, both of which are TSI state approved assessments. Even though the TASP test is no longer administered, previous TASP scores will continue to be honored as directed by the THECB.

Taking Your Assessment Test

Contact the
Testing Center at your college to schedule your assessment.  On your test date, you will need:

•A referral form from the Advising/Counseling Center or Admissions/Registrar's Office

•Your student ID or any other photo ID

Once you have completed your assessment, advisors will use your test scores to recommend course choices during registration.

Practice Tests Are Available

Reduce your test anxiety and improve your grade by taking a
practice test.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is required by state law to ensure students enrolled in Texas public colleges possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college-level coursework. TSI includes a testing component designed to identify and provide information about your reading, writing, and math skills. You are expected to consult with the college TSI Coordinator in order to meet the TSI requirements. It is your responsibility to be aware of all TSI regulations. For more information on the test, visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Web site at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/.

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