TSI Assessment

Doing your best on the TSI Assessment is extremely important because your scores will be used for course placement.  Rushing through the exam could result in you needlessly taking additional courses. 

Follow these steps to ensure that you are well prepared for the TSI Assessment and your first semester at Lamar University! 



For detailed information about the exam and each of its sections, check out this student brochure



Take time to study and prepare for the exam. ACCUPLACER offers a free TSI Web-Based Study App to help you prepare. Visit the ACCUPLACER practice web application and select the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Practice Tests to jump start studying!

The Study App site includes the following features:

  • "Learn As You Go" tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
  • Sample Tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
  • Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses

In addition, here are some sample questions for each section of the TSI Assessment. 


STEP 3 - Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you take the TSI Assessment you will complete a Pre-Assessment Activity.  The Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) includes the following:
  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment;
  • Practice test questions and feedback;
  • Details about testing at Lamar;
  • Information on campus resources that will help you succeed as a college student.
After completing the PAA a certificate is awarded as documentation and sent to your email address. Print your PAA completion certificate and bring it to your testing appointment. You will NOT be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity.

Take the Pre-Assessment Activity



Click here to set up your exam on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont, Texas.   

Register for the TSI 


If you live outside the state of Texas or do not live near a Texas public college or university, then you can take the TSI Assessment at a testing center near you.  Your local institution will act as a proctor for the exam.  Click here to set up your test remotely. 

Register for the Remote TSI


If you live in Texas, but outside of the Beaumont area, you can take the TSI Assessment at any Texas public college or university.  Contact your local institution to set up the exam.  If you choose this option, please follow this link authorizing us to retrieve your official TSI score report.  

Authorization to Retrieve Your TSI Scores



The minimum passing score for each section: 

Math: 350
Reading: 351

Writing: There are 3 possible combinations that are deemed as passing for the writing section. 

  • At least 340 on the writing placement score and 4 on the WritePlacer (essay),
  • Below a 340 on the writing placement score and a 5 on the essay and at least a 4 ABE Writing 

You will need to meet with an advisor if you earn an ABE score of 4 or below in math or reading section or an ABE score of 4 with a 4 or below on the essay to discuss course options.

To find out more about your score report and how to read it, refer to this brochure for additional information.  

If you did not pass one or more sections of the TSI Assessment, learn more about College Readiness class at Lamar University.