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Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA2)

As of January 11, 2021, the TSI has transitioned to the TSIA2. All test scores from the current version of the TSI will be valid five years from the date of testing. Unfortunately we are unable to give the original version of the TSI. If you need to retake any portions of the TSIA2, you will have to take the TSIA2. For more information on the TSIA2, see below.

Appointments are required for the TSIA2 exam at either Vernon College Testing Center location. Please call 940-689-3778 (CCC) or 940-552-6291 ext. 2317 (Vernon) for more information or to make an appointment.



The TSI Assessment is designed to assess students' readiness for college-level work in English Language Arts and Mathematics and to provide information used to identify appropriate interventions that will improve the skills of students who are not prepared for college-level course work.

Unless exempt, incoming Texas college students are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness for college-level work. Based on how a student performs, he/she may be enrolled in a college-level course that matches his/her skill level or be placed in an appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve skills in areas of identified weakness. If you believe you may be exempt from the TSI Assessment, please see our exemptions.

The TSI placement and diagnostic tests are computer adaptive assessments, and the specific questions that appear on any given test administration varies based on each individual student's performance on each item. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how a student responds. The assessments are untimed; however, it is important for students to allow enough time to complete each test because the results are a key factor in determining the course or courses in which they can enroll. An examinee could take as little as 1.5 hours or as long as 5 hours.


Additional Information 


  • This is the same exam used by all public college and universities in Texas.
  • The exam covers two different sections - English/Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics.
  • The ELAR section includes 30 questions and an essay- if you do not pass the initial questions, you will take an additional 48 questions that can boost your score to passing.
  • The Mathematics section includes 20 questions- if you do not pass the initial questions, you will take an additional 48 questions that can boost your score to passing.
  • If you do not pass the TSI A2 you can still attend Vernon College but you will be required to be enrolled in developmental coursework for the sections you did not pass.
  • You can retest at any time and as many times as you would like.
  • The cost of the TSI Assessment is $20 for the full exam and $10 each for retests.
  • Please allow 1-2 hours per section when you come to test.
  • We recommend only taking one section (ELAR or Mathematics) in one sitting.
  • Scores are valid for 5 years from the test date.

When arriving to the testing center, you will need to have the following items presented prior to taking your exam:

  • Know your Social Security Number (SSN)
  • The $10.00 or $20.00 exam fee depending on whether you are taking one or both sections of the exam.
  • Certificate of Completion of the Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity if this is the first time you are taking the TSIA2 exam.Pre-Assessment Link

  • Will I need to retake my TSI if I took the previous version? No. All TSI scores are good for 5 years, whether the scores are passing or not.
  • Can I still retake my reading or writing tests by themselves? Unfortunately no. You will have to take the entire ELAR section.
  • How long does the test take? The TSI is still untimed. Plan for at least 1-2 hours per section.
  • Can I still stop my test and come back at a different time to finish? Yes. You may pause your test on any portion EXCEPT for the essay.


  • Mathematics - 950 or diagnostic of 6
  • English Language Arts (ELAR) - 945 and essay score of 5 or diagnostic score of 5 and essay score of 5

TSI (Taken before January 11, 2021)

  • Mathematics - 350
  • Reading - 351
  • Writing - 340 and essay score of 4


Helpful Resources:

Pearson Perspective                                           TSI Sample Questions
Writeplacer Guide with Sample Essays                                                                                                                    

To Request a Score Report:

You may log in to the Accuplacer Student Portal to retrieve a copy of your scores and send it to another institution. 

You may also download the Request for Score Report form, print it, and mail or email it to the address on the form.

To make an appointment to take the TSI Assessment, please call (940) 689-3778 in Wichita Falls or (940) 552-6291 ext. 2317 in Vernon.

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1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. 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