The Dual Credit department 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 Credit 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. 

    The cost of of each section of the TSIA is $10  


    Preparation for the 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?"  

    Scheduling of TSIA  
    Please click here for the entire process of scheduling your TSIA. If you have further questions, please contact the Testing Department at (361) 354-2334 or testing@coastalbend.edu.


    High school students who are taking their TSI exams at institutions other than CBC 

    Will need to fill out and sign the TSI Cross Institution ISR Release Form . You can print and fill out the information on the right hand column, sign and date the form. You will then send the signed form directly to the Testing Department in Beeville. 


    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. 


    TSI Waived Courses   

    CBC Students seeking a Marketable Skills Achievement Award and/or a Level I Certificate in a workforce program are TSI exempt. There are some academic courses that CBC has identified as TSI waived, please click here to view these courses. 



    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.
    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).


    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