What is the TSI? 

The purpose of TSI tests is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection.

You can not "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

For More Information visit Collegeboard.com

Exam Fee

All Testing - Math, Reading, and Writing - $27.00
Math - $6.00
Math and Reading - $12.00
Math and Writing - $21.00
Reading - $6.00
Writing - $15.00
Reading and Writing - $21.00

Testing Schedule

Tuesday- Friday

Exams may be scheduled from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Pre-Assessment Activities

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.
To take the PAA, please click here.


For exemption requirements for the TSI exam, please click here.

What to Bring on Test Day

You will need a valid Photo ID.  Examples of a valid (non-expired) Photo ID are:
  • Driver's License
  • State ID
  • Passport 
  • Military ID
  • School ID

Calculators will be provided on the computer.  All examinees must have social security number or Lamar ID number at the time of the exam.


Your scores will be electronically reported to Lamar University's Undergraduate Advising Center.  You may request a copy of your scores, however these are not considered an official score report for the purposes for advising.

Testing Accommodations

To request accommodations for the TSI because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 1990 including the amendments of 2008, you must:

Make and appointment with the Director of Services for the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at least 2 weeks prior to to the test date to submit a copy of the accommodation request along with documentation of the disability to 409-880-8347 or drc@lamar.edu.  Please see the documentation guidelines at https://www.lamar.edu/disability-resource-center/.  The DRC Director will review the document to determine if there are appropriate testing accommodations to be assigned based on how one's testing abilities are affected as indicated in the submitted document.  The Department of Career and Testing Services and the person requesting accommodations will be notified of any assigned testing accommodations prior to the test date.  No accommodations will be granted without documentation of disability being on file with the office of DRC.

Possible testing accommodations that must be requested at least four weeks prior to the test date are:

  • Extended Time (Time and One-Half or Double Time)
  • Distraction Reduced Environment
  • Sign Language Interpreter during testing instructions for individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Reader
  • Braille
  • Auto Compact Disk
  • Accessibility Preferences: Choice of Font Size/Color
  • Paper Based version
  • Scribe
  • Large Print

In Addition, the following assistive technology software is available:

  • Read & Write Gold
  • Majic
  • JAWS
  • Natural Reader

If you need further information, please contact the Director of Services for the Disability Resource Center at 409-880-8347, drc@lamar.edu, or visit the Communication Building, Room 105