•  - Coastal Bend College - TSIA2 (College Placement Exam) Testing Schedules

    Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0

    The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (“TSIA2”), a redesign of the original Texas Success Initiative Assessment (“TSIA1”), is part of the Texas Success Initiative enacted by the Texas State Legislature and was designed to assess test takers’ readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of English language arts and reading (ELAR) and mathematics. Unless exempt, entering college students are required to take tests in ELAR and mathematics, which either classify them as college ready or provide a diagnosis to 1) facilitate entry into the appropriate developmental education course or 2) support co-enrollment in a developmental education course and an entry-level, credit-bearing course within the same semester. 


     Posted 12/17/20 - 3 p.m. -  For Spring 2021 - the new TSIA2 exam will be available starting January 11, 2021.  Those who've not completed their TSIA (the current Texas college placement exam) will need to wait until January 11, 2021 and take the new Texas college placement exam -  TSIA2.  


    The safest and most convenient way for individuals to take the TSI exam is remotely from their home.
    If they have internet connection, a desktop or laptop computer with a web camera, microphone, and sound, they may test remotely. 
    There are two options available for remote proctoring. 
    Option 1-  is through Examity.    Examity is a proctoring service that proctors exams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is an additional $25.00 proctoring fee that you pay the company Examity.  
    Option 2 - is by being remotely proctored by CBC Proctors.
    (Chromebooks,Surfaces, pads, tablets, and phones are not compatible with TSI testing.) 

    Make sure that you've practiced for your TSI exam by going to  
    www.coastalbend.edu/tsiresource/ to study.  Click on the TSI Virtual Remote Voucher Information / site for more details. 

    Update:  August 25, 2020 the new launch date for TSIA2 is January 11, 2021 - there will be an updated TSIA2 exam which will take the place of the current TSIA exam.  If you meet the college readiness benchmarks with the TSIA exam - the scores will be valid for 5 years from the date that you took the exam.  The same will be the case for the TSIA2 exam.  The TSIA2 will differ from the TSIA by having the Reading and Writing combined into one section which will be called the English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)section.  There will still be a Mathematics section for the exam.  There will also only be one (1) diagnostic level per section in the TSIA2.

    Information from THECB - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Concerning TSI Scores  

    Students should not be directed to retest if they have met the current college readiness benchmarks since TSIA results are valid five (5) years from date of testing. Please ensure all TSI testing personnel, counselors, advisors, and other applicable support staff are immediately informed of this policy.  

    Steps for making an appointment for TSIA

    If you need assistance with the TSIA2 forms- please contact the Beeville Testing Department - (361) 354-2334 and we will be happy to assist.
    An appointment may be made after the Testing Department has proof of payment, request for voucher form & completion of the TSIA2 Pre-Assessment Activity from the examinee. 

    Appointments are necessary. 

    To guarantee a date and time for testing - please go through the steps for making an appointment.

    The exam is not timed.  It's a computer adaptive exam.  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..   

      It is mandatory for all first-time examinees to complete 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 TSIA2 exam is very important and we want you to do as well as you possibly can.]
    sample questions, [go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tsiresource/ for sample questions and other resources to help you prepare for the TSIA2] 
    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). 

    (4) resources for students.    

    Services available for students at CBC   


    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tutoring/   

    Financial Aid   

    Go to: http://www.coastalbend.edu/FinAid/   

    Title V – Laptop Computer/Calculator Loan program    

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/tech_request/   


    Go to:  http://lrc.coastalbend.edu/about    

    Student Success Coaching/ Advisors    

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/success-coaching/    


    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/testing/    

    Disability Services          Go  to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/disabilityservices/  

    Housing/Student Activities   

    Go to:  http://www.coastalbend.edu/StudentLife/   

     Continuing Education will be providing TSI Prep Courses soon.

    Click on the site below to see the testing schedules for that site.

    Alice Testing Schedule
    Beeville Testing Schedule
    Kingsville Testing Schedule
    Pleasanton Testing Schedule


    [Be aware that on the day that you go to take your exam, you must have Photo ID and CBC ID number with you to be able to test.  To get a CBC ID  prospective CBC students must fill out and submit the Apply Texas Application which may take five (5) business days for CBC to receive so that a CBC ID# can be created.
    Before being allowed to test, 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, etc... are allowed on the examinee while testing.  No weapons are allowed in the testing center.]

    Starting 11/16/20 TSIA- The Pre-Assessment Activity will take the place of the TSI Contract  

    You'll complete your request for voucher form, your TSIA2 Pre-Assessment Activity, have your receipt showing that you've paid the TSIA2 fee - so that a reservation can be made for testing.  This must be done in advance.  First-come, first-serve, paid reservation basis only.

    2020-2021 TSI Placement Chart   

    (Coastal Bend College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.) 
    Page revised on 1/4/21