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Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

Many students who will attend Blinn need to have their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics assessed prior to enrolling in college-level coursework. Blinn uses the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment to determine the proper placement in coursework based on the student’s skills in the respective areas.

About the TSI Assessment

The TSI Assessment is an untimed computerized test to be taken in two sections:

  • Mathematics
  • ELAR (English Language Arts Reading)

Full testing can take up to 4-5 hours.

Where necessary, you may be given an additional diagnostic test on a particular subject. This test is designed to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses. This will allow advisors to place you in the proper coursework to enable you to be successful in your academic pursuits.


An updated TSIA exam (TSIA2) was launched on January 11, 2021. TSIA2 has taken the place of the previous TSIA exam. If you meet the college readiness benchmarks with the previous 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 differs from the TSIA by having reading and writing combined into one section, called the English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) section. There is still a mathematics section for the exam.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented disability and need test accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services before scheduling your assessment.

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