Milby Dual Credit Program

    Summer 2024: Need to test? Follow the steps below in The Testing Process.

    TSIA Testing

    Texas Success Initiative Accuplacer Assessment

    What is the TSIA?

    The TSIA is the Texas version of the AccuPlacer placement test.  This test is used by colleges and universities to determine if students are ready to take college-level classes.  While in High School taking Dual Credit classes, students must test as College Ready to take the classes.  College Freshmen must also test as College Ready to take college-level courses.

    Who takes it?

    Milby students will qualify to take Dual Credit classes one of three ways.  Most courses offered at Milby require Reading and Writing readiness. Math classes require Math readiness.  Students qualify with test results or course completion.


    • Score at least 4000 on Algebra I STAAR EOC, and complete and pass Algebra 2A and 2B; or,
    • Score at least 530 on the SAT Math section; or,
    • Score at least 510 on the PSAT/NMSQT Math section (not the grade 8 or 9 PSAT); or,
    • Score at least 950 on the TSI.


    • Score at least 4000 on English 2 STAAR EOC; or,
    • Score at least 480 on the SAT Reading/Writing section; or,
    • Score at least 460 on the PSAT/NMSQT Reading/Writing section (not the grade 8 or 9 PSAT); or,
    • Score at least 945, on TSI Reading/Writing test with a score of at least 5 on the essay.


    High school students wishing to take Dual Credit classes but who do not meet any of the first three qualifying criteria may take the TSIA to attempt to become dual credit eligible.


    Graduating students may be required to test by their intended college or university.


    The Testing Process

    1. You will register to take the test by following this link, TSIA Survey   Enter your information and you will be contacted to test.

    2. Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) using these instructions, PAA Instructions .

    • When you register for the PAA you must:
      • Enter your student ID number.  Enter MILBY as your ID number.
      • Select your institution. Select Houston ISD.
    • Here is the link to the PAA, https://practice.accuplacer.org/login

    3. Once you complete the PAA, Milby will be notified.  Send Mr. Ellis an email or Teams message to confirm your testing date.

    4. You should practice.  A new test preparation plan is being developed for the 2023-24 school year.  Until then, you can find practice resources at the College Board website TSIA2 Test Prep Resources 

    5. Test at Milby.