The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college readiness in reading, writing and math. All new CBC students are required to take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in classes unless you are exempt, complete or pursuing a Level I certificate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting January 11, 2021, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board revised the standards for the TSI testing in Texas. There will be an updated Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) will take the place of the current TSI Assessment. The TSIA2 will have the Reading and Writing combined into one section which will be called the English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) section. The Reading and Writing will NO longer be offered as separate testing sections. There are no changes to the Mathematics section. All TSI Assessment scores are valid for 5 years from the date you took the exam. 

     1.     Are you TSI Exempt?  Please review TSI Exemptions.   

    If you are exempt – submit your paperwork to the Admissions office at admissions@coastalbend.edu
    If you don’t meet the exemptions – then continue reading.

    2. Call the Beeville Test Center (361) 354-2334, Monday - Friday – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and pay the TSI Fee.  TSI ELAR - $20.00 / TSI MATH - $10.00 – Total of $30.00 for both.  

    3. After payment, you’ll receive an e-mail from the Test Center to complete the Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity and submit the appropriate TSI Voucher Request Form.   These links will be in the e-mail sent to you.    

    4. After you’ve submitted the above, the voucher will be created and you’ll receive a second e-mail with your voucher information along with instructions on how to make your appointment for testing – whether with CBC or with the proctoring service – Examity. 

    5.   TSIA2 IN Person Testing at CBC is conducted on Mondays & Fridays. 
    TSIA2 CBC Remotely Proctored Testing is conducted on Wednesdays. 
    If you use the Proctoring Service - Examity - you may test 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week - but you do pay an additional $25.00 proctor fee per session to that company for the convenience of testing at any time.  

    For more in-depth details read below.  

    TSI Assessment: Online Testing

    CBC is offering TWO options for taking the TSI Assessment remotely: 

    Option 1: Take the TSI Assessment through a program called Examity which provides an online proctor for you while you take the assessment. The proctors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The proctor fee is $25 and you pay directly to Examity.

    STEP 1: Contact the CBC Testing Center and indicate you are interested in taking the TSI Assessment through Examity. 

    STEP 2: Once approved by the CBC Testing Center, you will receive an email from ACCUPLACER with your voucher code. This voucher code will allow you to schedule and take your exam. 

    STEP 3: Click the Examity link in the email which you need for the Examity registration page. Enter your first name, last name, email, and click "register"

    STEP 4: Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with login credentials from Examity. You will then log into the Examity dashboard. Next, you will set-up a profile and schedule your exam using the voucher code provided.

    For assistance, please contact the Examity support team at 866-EXAMITY or support@examity.com.  

    Technical Requirements: 
    Browser: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, please disable your pop-up blocker. 

    Desktop, Chromebook (for automated proctoring only), or a laptop computer (tablets & mobile devices are not supported)
    Built-in or external webcam
    Built-in or external microphone 
    Built-in or external speakers 

    Internet Connection:
    An upload and download speed of at least 2Mbps 

    Tutorials are available on the Examity webpage

    Option 2: Take the TSI Assessment with a CBC Proctor online - exam administrations on Wednesdays.

    Please complete the CBC Proctor Request Form


    TSI Assessment: In-Person Testing

    STEP 1: Contact the CBC Testing Department to schedule your exam. When you call, the testing services staff will need to verify that you have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

    STEP 2: Pay for your exam either in-person or by phone through the CBC Testing Department.

    STEP 2: Review schedules below based on the CBC location that is closest to you.  TSIA2 In-Person Testing is administered at CBC Test Centers on Mondays and Fridays.

    Alice Testing Schedule
    Beeville Testing Schedule
    Kingsville Testing Schedule
    Pleasanton Testing Schedule
    The exam is not timed. For each section, it may take an individual anywhere from one (1) hour to three (3) hours to complete a section.  So if you need to take the complete exam, you may take anywhere from three (3) hours to six (6) hours to complete your exam.  You will want to complete the exam within the week that you start the exam so that your exam information isn't lost over the weekend when the system is updated.   

    On the day of your exam, please bring a Photo ID and CBC ID number with you.  If you are a prospective student, please complete the Apply Texas Application to obtain a CBC ID. Please keep in mind the Apply Texas application may take up to five (5) business days to process.

    Prior to the administration of your exam, all personal items must be left in a designated area away from the seating area in the testing room. No cell phones, smart watches, electronics, books, notes, purses, bags are allowed on the examinee while testing. 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I have to take the TSI Assessment? 
    Yes, unless you are exempt, complete or pursuing a Level I certificate. Please review the TSI Exemptions to see if you qualify for an exemption.   


    What is a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and do I have to do it?     

    If you are an incoming college student in Texas, the State of Texas requires ALL students to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. For students retesting, the PAA is not required. After you complete the PAA, you will receive an email with a Certificate of Completion; make sure you save this email for your records as we may require you to show proof of completion.  

    Click here to complete the PAA:  https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/coastal-bend-college    


    What is the cost of the TSI Assessment?
    2-sections which include Math and ELAR - $30
    1-section, ELAR - $20
    1-section, MATH - $10

    To pay for the TSIA2, please contact the Testing Department at (361) 354-2334, Mon.-Fri., 8 am – 5 pm.

    How do I request for accommodations?
    Please contact the Office of Disability Services for assistance or follow the steps to request accommodations at www.coastalbend.edu/disabilityservices 


    TSI Exemptions 

    You may be exempt from taking the TSI2 exam, please refer to the information below:

    *Graduated with an associate or bachelor’s degree; or

    *Have earned a C or higher in a college-level course at an accredited institution of higher education; or

    *Previously attended college and have been determined to have met college readiness standards by that institution (must show proof with official transcript); or

    *Student who is enrolling in a Level I certificate program and are taking courses ONLY in the certificate plan; or

    *Are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the US and have been serving for at least three (3) years preceding enrollment; or

    *On or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the US; or

    *You have completed the SAT, ACT, or other approved assessment exam with the minimum sore needed for a TSI exemption.

    Effective May 12, 2021 - students who meet the college readiness benchmarks on the state's approved high school equivalency (HSE) tests will qualify for a TSI exemption.  

    GED:  A minimum score of 165 on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test shall be exempt for mathematics.
    A minimum score of 165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) subject test shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)

    HiSET: A minimum score of 15 on the Mathematics subtest shall be exempt for mathematics.
    A minimum score of 15 on the Reading subtest and a minimum score of 15 on the Writing subtest, including a minimum score of 4 on the essay, shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR).

     The high school equivalency test exemptions are valid up to five (5) years from date of testing.  While the date of testing can be anytime within the five (5) year time frame, applicability for TSI purposes and placements starts 5/12/21.  HiSET will no longer administer its test after 8/31/21.  Therefore, HiSET scores with test administration dates after 8/31/21 will no longer be useable for the TSI exemption.  However, HiSET college-readiness scores with test dates on or prior to 8/31/21 will still be usable up to five (5) years from date of testing.  


    TSI Exemptions
    Dual Enrolled - TSI Exemptions 
    Grandfathered Exemptions
    House Bill 5 Exemptions 



    SAT (March 2016 & later)      480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing       530 Math  
    SAT (Before March 2016)      1070 Combined with 500 Critical Reading      1070 Combined with 500 Math 
    ACT            23 Composite with 19 English      23 Composite with 19 Math 
    TAKS       2200 ELA with 3+ Writing sub-score      2200 Math 
    STAAR      4000 English III (EOC)      4000 Algebra II (EOC) 

    NOTE: Combining score from SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered after March 2016 and later is NOT allowed.


    TSI Complete Scores 

    Effective January 11, 2021, below are the state-approved minimum scores

    TEST    English Lang. Arts & Reading (ELAR)    Math  
    TSI Assessment      945 and 5+ on the Essay OR 
        Less than 945 and a Diagnostic Level 5 or more
        and an Essay of 5+
        950 or Less than 950 and Diagnostic
        Level of 6 

    You are TSI complete IF you meet the criteria below and you took the TSI Assessment prior to January 11, 2021 (good for five (5) years from date of exam)

    TEST      Reading       Writing      Math    
    TSI Assessment       351       5 or 4 with 340       350 


    Requesting TSI Assessment Scores

    You can request a copy of your TSI Assessment scores by completing the forms below.  

    TSI Cross-Institutional Release Form

    TSI Assessment Score Report Request Form

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