Coastal Bend College – College Placement Exam 2019 Test Schedule – Alice Site
    (361) 664-2981 Ext:  3043 - Front Desk Area

    The College Placement Exam –TSIA is computer adaptive and state approved.  


    All first time students pursuing a degree or Level II certificate are required to take a state approved Texas Success Initiative (TSIA) Assessment prior to registration.  This exam can be from one to nine hours long – based upon the individual.   http://www.coastalbend.edu/collegeplacement   

    Pre-Assessment Activity Mandatory 

    All first-time college students will need to go through a Pre-Assessment Activity which consists of the following:    

    (1) the importance of this assessment, [Based upon your scores on the TSIA – this will decide whether you are eligible for a college level course or if you will need to take a developmental or preparation course – which will not give you college credit.  A developmental course will help you build your skills so that you will eventually be able to take a college level course.  These courses give you a foundation in the subject area that you need preparation in.  The TSIA exam is very important and we want you to do as well as you possibly can.]
    (2) sample questions, [go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tsiresource/ for sample questions and other resources to help you prepare for the TSIA]
    If you are a current CBC student - you may login to your Blackboard account and click on the TutorMe link - for free tutoring to Test Preparation.   
    (3) course options, and [Coastal Bend College offers various course options:   NCBO - Non-Course Based course - which is a non-semester length course delivered in an intense workshop setting,  Integrated Course - which is a course that integrates two areas - such as Reading and Writing together so that a student gets two courses for the time and price of one course,  Lecture courses (class-room style course with instructor – face-to-face); Distance Learning courses (class-room setting, but video cameras and microphones link you to other sites with other students.  The instructor may move around from site-to-site to have face time with each area); Internet courses (do your course work from home, but some courses may have you take a proctored exam at a CBC site); Accelerated Learning Academy courses (go to: 
    (4) resources for students. 

    Services available for students at CBC   


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    Please note the following test policies:
    (1) Test Fee is 
    ($30.00 / $10 per section - effective Jan 1, 2016)   – this fee is paid at the front desk  - when you enter the Alice Site, and then the receipt is taken to the – Testing Department to have a reservation made.   A Testing Contract must be completed before a reservation is made. 
    (2) If a first-time college student, the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity must be completed before the examinee may test.
    (3) Paid reservations are required.
    (4) Seven working days required for re-scheduling.
    (5) Late arrivals or missed appointments forfeit the 
    ($30.00 / $10 per section - effective Jan 1, 2016)  
    (6) Examinees should report to the test center at least 30 minutes before test time listed below.,
    (7) Current picture identification and CBC ID # required.
    (8) Special test accommodations require documentation and two weeks notice. 
    (9) Students are not allowed to bring any electronic device (cell phone, mp3 player, camera, etc..) into the testing room.  They will leave their personal items in their vehicle, with a friend, or will turn the items in to the testing personnel when they sign-in for the exam – before entering the exam room  The personal items will be collected and stored at the owner’s risk.  Coastal Bend College will not be responsible for any items lost or stolen. No weapons are allowed in the Testing Center.

    Steps before testing:
    Steps for making an appointment for TSIA
    (1)  Pay the exam fee and bring a copy of the receipt to the testing department so you can make your reservation with the testing department.  (Reservations are first-come, first-served, paid reservations basis).
    (2)  Fill out the testing contract and if applicable complete the "Pre-Assessment Activity". 
    (3) On the day of testing, bring Photo ID and 
    CBC ID Number.  If you don't have a CBC ID# go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/admissions_application/ at least a day in advance of testing.  

    Attention:  If you are not able to test during one of the scheduled test dates, please ask our testing personnel about additional dates that you may test.  As long as we have lab space and testing personnel available to administer the exam we will administer the TSIA to individuals if they've already paid their TSIA fee, filled out the TSIA Contract, have scheduled using our Online Testing Scheduler and have Photo ID and know their CBC ID# or social security number.  Be aware that the complete TSIA can be one (1) to nine (9) hours in length.  If an individual is not able to complete the exam within a day, then they will need to come back on another day to complete it.  A TSIA Ticket will be given to individuals to remind them about the date and time that they will need to return to complete the exam. 

    College Placement Exam Schedule –Subject to Change – Location:  Room 130 -  Testing Department 

     2019 TSIA Dates


    When scheduling through the online scheduling site - make sure to make the proper number of appointments.  If you need to take Reading, Writing, and math - make three (3) appointments for the different blocks of time - Example:  Tuesdays - 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. / & 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. 

    Pay the TSI fee, fill out and submit the mandatory TSI contract, and then make your appointment/(s) using our Online Testing Scheduler.  


        Alice (361) 664-2981 Ext:  3045
    End time is the time the exam must be completed.
    Latest reservation time is 1 hour before the End Time.
    Schedule subject to change –
     Fall 2019 hours effective 8/26/19
    Revised 11/12/19
    Last day for exams is Friday - December 13, 2019 for the Fall term.


    Start Time  


    End Time  



    8:30 am.
    12:30 p.m.


    11:30 a.m.
    2:30 p.m. 




    8:30 a.m. 
    12 p.m. 
    1 p.m. 
    3 p.m.


    11 a.m.  
    1 p.m.
    3 p.m. 
    6 p.m.



    8:30 a.m. 
    12 p.m. 
    1 p.m. 
    3 p.m.


    11 a.m.  
    1 p.m.
    3 p.m. 
    6 p.m.

    11/21/19 - the center will be closed from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    8:30 a.m. 
     12 p.m.  
     1 p.m. 
    3 p.m. 


    11 a.m.  
    1 p.m.
    3 p.m. 
    6 p.m.


    1 p.m. 
    3 p.m.   


    3 p.m. 
    5 p.m.


      Revised 11/18/19   




         The college will close for the following holidays:  

    December 18, 2019 – January 1, 2020 – Christmas Holiday
    January 20, 2020 - Martin Luther King Holiday 
    March 9 – 13, 2020 Spring Break
    April 10 & 13, 2020 – Spring Holiday
    May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day Holiday

    Coastal Bend College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.