TSI Myths vs Facts

TJC doesn’t have an admissions test, but we do require that all non-exempt students take the TSI test before registering for their first semester. Let’s take some time to demystify the top TSI myths!

Myth: You can fail the TSI

Fact: The TSI is not a pass/fail test. Your score only determines your ability to take certain college-level classes. If you don’t score high enough in a certain subject, you’re required to take a developmental course in that subject.

Myth: The TSI is required for all new college students

Fact: The TSI is not required if you’ve scored high enough on certain other tests, or met any of these qualifications:
  1. You’ve graduated with an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  2. You’re transferring to TJC from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state higher-education institution, and you have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework.
  3. You have met TSI standards at an institution you’ve previously attended.
  4. You’re enrolling in a 1-year (level 1) certificate course.
  5. You’re an active-duty service member and you have completed at least three years of service.
  6. You’re an honorably discharged veteran, or you have retired or been release from active duty.
  7. You’ve taken an approved SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR test in the past five years and achieved these scores.

Myth: I have to take the entire test

Fact: If you don’t do well on one part of the test, you don’t have to retake the entire thing! You can take only the reading, math or writing portion of the test if you need to.

Myth: If I make a low grade, I can’t take college courses

Fact: In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time. Talk with your advisor to figure out which courses you can take.

Myth: There are only certain days you can take the TSI

Fact: The TSI is administered on a walk-in basis in our testing center. Go to www.tjc.edu/TSI to check for times.

Allen Arrick is the TJC webmaster. You can see his posts throughout this site. He likes coffee and Crossfit.