# TSIA (Texas Success Initiative Assessment)

## TSIA2/TSIA 2.0

The TSIA has a new version as of January 11, 2021, called the TSIA2 or TSIA 2.0, where you will only be tested in 2 sections: “Math”, and “English Language and Reading” (ELAR). This is a notable change from the TSIA1, which covered 3 sections ("Math", "Reading", and "Writing").

Passing scores for the TSIA2 are as follows:

TSIA 2 ELAR College Ready Scores:

CRC 945 – 990 AND Essay 5 – 8

OR

CRC 910 – 944 AND Diagnostic Level 5 – 6 AND

Essay 5 – 8

TSIA 2 Math College Ready Scores:

CRC 950 – 990

OR

CRC 910 – 949 AND Diagnostic Level 6

TSI English Preparation

•Provide Complex Informational Text
•Synthesis
•Writing within disciplines (Science; Social Studies)
•Persuasive writing (Revise, Rinse, and Repeat)

The Essay consists of a single constructed-response prompt

•The Essay prompt includes an assignment, which is the question that test takers’ response is intended to address (e.g., “Are we free to make our own decisions or are we limited in the choices we can make?”).

•Test taker responses receive a single holistic score on a scale from 1 to 8. Responses are evaluated on six characteristics:
• purpose and focus
• organization and structure
• development and support
• sentence variety and style
• mechanical conventions
• critical thinking

The TSIA2 mathematics suite consists of

•a single multiple-choice college readiness classification (CRC) test, providing information regarding test takers’ college readiness in mathematics; and
•a single multiple-choice diagnostic test, providing information regarding test takers’ academic strengths and weaknesses in mathematics.

Quantitative reasoning

•Compare magnitudes of rational and irrational numbers
•Solve problems with ratios, proportions, and precents
•Solve proportional relationship problems in context (e.g., linear relationships in financial literacy and numeracy)
•Identify, manipulate, and interpret linear equations, inequalities, and expressions

Algebraic reasoning

•Solve linear equations, inequalities, and systems of linear equations
•Evaluate linear functions
•Solve quadratic and exponential relationship problems in context (e.g., exponential decay/growth, compound interest, and depreciation)
•Identify and manipulate quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, and radical equations and expressions
•Solve equations and evaluate functions (e.g., quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, and radical)

Geometric and spatial reasoning

•Convert units within systems of measurement
•Find perimeter, area, surface area and volume using a variety of methods, including estimation
•Use transformations to investigate congruence, similarity, and symmetry
•Apply right triangle relationships and basic trigonometry
•Make connections between geometry and algebraic equations

Probabilistic and statistical reasoning

•Compute and interpret probability
•Compute and describe measures of center and spread of data
•Classify data and construct appropriate representations of data
•Analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from data and summary statistics

Quantitative reasoning

•Perform basic math operations with whole numbers and integers, decimals, and fractions
•Round numbers to a given decimal place
•Compare numbers in a variety of forms, including decimals, fractions, and precents
•Compare magnitudes of rational and irrational numbers
Solve problems with ratios, proportions, and precents
•Solve proportional relationship problems in context (e.g., linear relationships in financial literacy and numeracy)
•Identify, manipulate, and interpret  linear equations, inequalities, and expressions

Algebraic reasoning

•Solve linear equations, inequalities, and systems of linear equations
•Evaluate linear functions
•Solve quadratic and exponential relationship problems in context (e.g., exponential decay/growth, compound interest, and depreciation)
•Identify and manipulate quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, and radical equations and expressions
•Solve equations and evaluate functions (e.g., quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, and radical)

Geometric and spatial reasoning

•Identify common units of measurement
•Identify and define types of angles
•Convert units within systems of measurement
•Find perimeter, area, surface area and volume using a variety of methods, including estimation
•Use transformations to investigate congruence, similarity, and symmetry
•Apply right triangle relationships and basic trigonometry
•Make connections between geometry and algebraic equations

Statistical and probabilistic reasoning

•Sort and count data
•Construct simple graphs and tables
•Compute and interpret probability
•Compute and describe measures of center and spread of data
•Classify data and construct appropriate representations of data
•Analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from data

Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)

TSI Assessment

How to access TSIA2 PAA in ACCUPLACER

After TSI Assessments and Needing Support
Accuplacer

•Direct students to https://accuplacer.org
•Student clicks on Information for Students (lower left corner)
•Student clicks on TSIA2 Practice Resources for Texas Student
•Student creates an account—tell students to use a personal email address not the school email address
•Student logs on with their credentials
•Student clicks on Texas Success Initiative 2.0 Pre-Assessment Activity (TSIA2—PAA)
•Student clicks on Begin Pre-Assessment Activity

# The HCC Dual-Credit Waiver Form, and ApplyTexas.org Application

• After you apply to HCC (applytexas.org) and get accepted, you will contact Dean Hernandez about your schedule, and then fill out the HCC Dual-Credit Waiver Form. Please make a note of what classes you will take, and what the high school equivalent is, in order to properly fill out the form.

Here are a few common mistakes to watch out for:

• It will cause problems later upon graduation or credit transferring
• Anywhere it states “Date” needs to have today’s date, not your birthdate
• There is only one place for your birthdate: "Date of Birth"
• Only one choice needs to be selected for the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination form, otherwise your answer is invalid. They cannot all be answered Yes, because
• Choice 1: I have my meningitis vaccine record and will submit it
• Choice 2: I will submit a doctor’s note stating that I cannot take my meningitis vaccine because I will get sick/die from it.
• Choice 3: I’m submitting an official record stating that I refuse to take my meningitis vaccine for personal reasons.
• Never answer N/A (Not Applicable) for anything or the form will not be submitted.

# ApplyTexas Application

You will also need to fill out your ApplyTexas.org application in order to be accepted to HCC (Houston Community College). Please note your application number before you submit it, as you may need to reference it later. If you do not get your acceptance email and HCC ID (W followed by 9 digits, W#########) after a week, please check your application status on ApplyTexas, then contact HCC to find out why. You will not be allowed to take the TSIA without your HCC ID.

Please see the video below on how to complete the ApplyTexas.org application. This video is from Texas Tech University from 2020 so it's focused on their standards, but HCC doesn't require essays, nor an application fee from dual-credit students. Anything with an asterisk (*) needs to be filled out, or else your application will not be able to be submitted. Please ask Dean Saikin if you have any questions.

# TSI Study Guides and Resources

• ## To Prepare

If you do not complete the application and get issued an HCC Student ID number, then your scores cannot be submitted to HCC. These instructions can also be found on the CECHS website’s banner.

There’s also a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) specifically for CECHS students that's mandatory before taking the TSIA 2.0: https://www.tsipreview.com/welcome/hisd-challengeechs

However, before you attempt to test/retest, it is strongly recommended that you set aside time for additional study, so you don’t waste another Saturday to retest later. It is very unlikely that your score will be your best/improve greatly without review and study.

I recommend going to THECB (The College Board) for practice tests and study materials: https://tsia2.pearsonperspective.com/perspective/.

If you need to retest, please have your diagnostic test result's Learning Locator Code handy to get a personalized study guide. The example in the picture shows the diagnostic results for a TSIA 2.0 ELAR test that was taken, and where to find the Learning Locator Code.

HCC has a TSI Prep Boot Camp for you to attend if you prefer (aged 16+ only): https://www.hccs.edu/programs/adult-education/tsi-prep-boot-camp/

To find out if you passed your TSIA sections, please click on https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/home to view your scores. You will use either your State ID or HISD ID in order to identify yourself in the Student Portal.

Best of luck to all of you!