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    The Office of Dual Enrollment wants you to have all the tools necessary to reach academic success. Coastal Bend College uses the TSI Assessment as its primary tool to determine your college readiness levels in math, reading and writing.  Before you meet with one of the Dual Enrollment team members and attend new student orientation, it’s important that you take this assessment. Your test scores will determine if you are ready for college level courses, or need a bit more practice with college preparatory courses. Testing takes place at your any CBC location, at your high school (if an approved testing site) and can usually be completed in three to four hours. 

    Preparing for the TSI Assessment (TSIA)

    It is mandatory for all student to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). Click here to to access the PAA; this activity consists of sample questions, reasons why this exam is needed, course options, and resources available to you at CBC for you to be successful in your chosen courses. Once you have reviewed all the information provided to you, this means that you have completed the PAA. When you take the assessment, the first question you will be asked is "Did you complete a pre-assessment activity?". 

    TSI Restricted Courses

    CBC restricts enrollment for certain college-level courses until students meet Texas Success Initiative and course prerequisite requirements in reading, writing, and math. Click here view all the courses that have a TSI restriction. Any course that is not listed on the TSI restriction list is TSI waived, which means no TSI scores are required to take the course. 

    Waivers for TSI Requirements 

    Student who are non-degree seeking, enrolled in a Marketable Skills Achievement Award (MSAA) or Level I certificate program of study are waived from TSI requirements. Students will lose their TSI waived status if they enroll in courses outside of the MSAA or Level I certificate or they no longer qualify as a non-degree seeking student.   


    You may retake the TSI Assessment as often as you would like- subject to test availability. It is strongly recommended that you review for the exam prior to your test date. Please see your high school counselor or contact the Office of Dual Enrollment at (361) 354-2723 for instructions on how to access PLATO (TSI test Prep).    

    TSI Graduation Requirements

    The state of Texas requires all student graduating from Coastal Bend College with a Level II or Associate degree must meet the TSI requirements in all areas (Reading, Writing and Math).

    How to Become a CBC TSI Proctor  

    High School Personnel ONLY: If you are interested in becoming a Coastal Bend College Approved TSI Proctor and administering the TSI Assessment at your high school; click here for more information.    

    Other Placement Examinations   
    For more information about these exams, please visit the CBC Testing webpage or contact their department at (361) 354-2334. 
    • Placement in Foreign Language Courses    
    • Department Entry Test (i.e. TEAS for Nursing)  
    • Correspondence Testing   
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  
    • Credit by Examination (ex. AP, CLEP, DANTES)  
    • CBC Subject Competency Exams (ex. BCIS 1305) 
    Assessment Practice Exams