What is Texas Success Initiative?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to help Dallas Colleges Online determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college level course work if you are not ready. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt — to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.
Prior to Taking Your Assessment Test
Before you take the new TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). Dallas Colleges Online is required by the state of Texas to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very important that you complete this activity before you take the test. Also, you will not be allowed to take the new TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity. The activity consists of a short online video and a brief practice test located on eConnect. Please login using your student ID number and follow the instructions.
Taking Your Assessment Test
Dallas Colleges Online does not have a testing center. Students can take the assessment at a testing center for free at any of the seven DCCCD college Testing Center locations. You will need to bring a photo ID with you and visit the Advising Center at the college of your choice to obtain a referral slip for assessment testing.
You do not need to make an appointment for assessment testing. Refer to the sidebar on this page for more information about hours of operation and contact information.
If you are not able to take an assessment test at a college Testing Center, you may take an assessment test at a local community college or university in your area and fax your assessment scores to Dallas Colleges Online Admissions, at 972-669-6400.
Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee free testing from an outside institution. Any of the following assessment tests are accepted: Accuplacer, ASSET, MAPS, THEA, and TASP (although no longer administered, TASP scores will be honored as directed by the THECB).
If you have taken the ACT or SAT, or have completed college level courses at a regionally accredited institution, you may be exempt from assessment testing. Please be sure to provide all official transcripts to Dallas Colleges Online Admissions.
Have questions? Feel free to contact an advisor or call 972-669-6414
Practice Tests Are Available
Prepare by taking a practice test.
Assessment Piece Two:
Another important Assessment piece for online students is Smarter Measures. Since you are considering an online class, you already know online learning is more flexible, but it does require time management and self-motivation for success. Online Learning may not suit your needs, expectations, or learning style.
If you are considering an online course, take the SmarterMeasure assessment tool to see if online learning is right for you. SmarterMeasure checks for basic technical skills, learning styles, reading speed and comprehension, keyboarding, time management and more!
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