Welcome to the Testing Center!

Visit us at the Desert Willow Welcome Center, room 221 or call 210-486-4346.

Wedensday, November 23rd Office Hour will be from 8 AM to 5 PM.

We will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday from November 24th to 27th. 

We look forward to helping you. 

Assessment and Testing Center

Welcome to the Assessment and Testing Office!

The Assessment & Testing Office provides testing services in support of our students in order to create opportunities for Student Success.

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2 (TSIA2) Testing is available on our campus. 

You may simply walk in to take the TSIA2 during these days and times:

Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Thursday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

1st Saturday of the month 9:30 AM by appointment - Click here if you want to schedule a Saturday Appointment 

On Wednesday, November 23rd TSI will be available from 8 AM to 4 PM. 

We will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday from November 24th to 27th.

Office Hours

Assessment and Testing Center General Office Hours

FALL 2022

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm 

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1st Saturday of the month: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  (TSI Testing on Saturday is only by Appointment)

Testing Office will be closed for the following events:

Labor Day on September 5th 

Employee Development Day on October 28th 

Thanksgiving from November 24th to 27th 

Winter Break from December 20th to January 2nd 


Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Information

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) 

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is a state mandated placement exam, used to assess a student's proficiency in Writing, Reading, and Mathematics. For more detailed information on the TSI, please refer to the Student Informational Brochure

If you have previously taken the TSI and need to submit scores to  NVC,  CLICK HERE to submit a request.  this allows NVC to pull your previous score report. Once we pull your scores we will follow up with you regarding your next enrollment steps

You can also find your score report here. 

TSI Fees

$32 for a full exam

$24 for English Language Arts and Reading only (may also include essay)

$12 for Math only

$12 for Essay Retest only

TSI Assessment Scores

The TSI Assessment 2 (TSIA 2) College Level Placement Scores:

 ELAR Placement 

 Math Placement


>= 945 and Essay >=5 or

< 945 and Diagnostic Level >= 5 and 

Essay >= 5


>= 950  or

< 950 and Diagnostic Level 6       


Pre-Assessment Activity

All students taking the TSI assessment must complete both the GoFAAAR and test prep modules located under the Start Here tab in your ACES account.

Collectively called the Pre-Assessment Activity, these online modules address:

  1. The importance of assessment in a student's academic career.
  2. Provide sample questions in all subject areas covered on the TSI.
  3. Offer information on developmental education options including course pairing, non-course based, modular and other non-conventional interventions.
  4. Information on institutional and community resources available to assist students with college success.

The pre-assessment activity must be completed prior to testing, NO EXCEPTIONS.

TSI Exemptions & Waivers 

You may be eligible for an exemption or waiver from the TSI based on your previous college coursework, military experience or previous test scores. Do not take the TSI if any of the following apply to you:

College Coursework

You earned an associates degree or higher or you have an official transcript from an accredited institution with college-level math and English courses.

Military Experience

You were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty, Texas National Guard, or military reserves on or after August 1, 1990. You are on active-duty service in the US military, the Texas National Guard or as a reservist and have completed at least three years of service before enrolling at the Alamo College District.

Level 1 Certificate Program

You are seeking a certificate program of one year or less (42 or fewer semester credit hours). If you change your major or certificate level program then TSI requirements will apply.

Previous Test Scores 

Students who meet qualifying standards on the SAT or ACT test may be eligible for an exemption. Scores are valid up to 5 years from date of testing.


Learn how to send your SAT scores by watching the video below.

Click here for additional exemption information. 

TSIA 2 Testing Hours 

There is no appointment required; See walk-in hours on top of this webpage.   

*The TSIA 2 is currently available at no cost for students that have a Northwest Vista College application. No Cost testing only applied to the initial test administration and does not cover a retest. Students enrolling for the purpose of taking college courses while taking high school courses such a Dual Credit or Early Admit are not eligible for No Cost testing.   

What to Expect On Test Day

Please bring the following items with you:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Form of Payment (We accept cash or card only)
  3. A locker will be provided for other personal belongings

How long does it take to complete the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. The average time to complete all sections of the test is about 4 hours. All TSI sections must be completed within 14 days of starting your session. 

How long does it take to receive my scores?

Students will receive a copy of their score report upon completion of their exam. 

How long is my score valid?

TSI Assessment scores are valid for 5 years from the date of testing. 

How can I prepare for the exam?

TSI practice questions provided by CollegeBoard

TSIA 2 ELAR Practice Questions

TSIA 2 Math Practice Questions

TSIA 2 Essay Practice Questions

Students unable to complete TSI testing within our testing hours can submit a request to complete testing through Examity. Examity is a third party proctoring service offered by request only. 

CLICK Here for Information on Taking TSI From Home

After TSI Testing

After TSI Testing 

After you complete your exam

NOTE: This step may not apply to all students.

Students who take the TSI and do not place at college level will be required to take a refresher course before registering for classes.

The TSI Assessment 2 (TSIA 2) Refresher Course Scores:

 ELAR Placement 

 Math Placement

910 -929 and Diagnostic Level 1-3 

< 950 and Diagnostic Level <4       


Click Here to Learn More about Refresher Courses

Refresher courses are offered at no charge but save time and money and offer the opportunity to move into higher level courses. Refresher courses must be scheduled in person. Visit the Readiness Center to schedule your refresher course.

Visit the Readiness Center in the Desert Willow Welcome Center (DWWC) Room 202.

First Time In College (FTiC) Students: FTiC students will register for classes at New Student Orientation (NSO).

Once all enrollment steps have been completed, sign up for NSO.

Transfer Students: Transfer students will register for classes and sign up for Transfer and Former Student Orientation.

Once all enrollment steps have been completed, sign up for Transfer Student Orientation.

Helpful Links:Campus Resources Student Advocacy & Resource Center Scholarships 



The Testing Office has resumed CLEP administration and is available for students attending Northwest Vista College.  Call 210-486-4346 to make an appointment. 

Tuesday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Thursday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

If you want to take CLEP at home,  CollegeBoard is offering a CLEP from Home virtual option - you can find more information here

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) 

The Northwest Vista College Assessment & Testing Office is a testing site for CLEP exams. If you are interested in taking a CLEP Exam, please review the available subjects listed on the CollegeBoard CLEP webpage.

CLEP Fees 

CLEP Administration

  • Make an appointment with Testing Office to take the CLEP on Campus.
  • Show up at least 30 minutes ahead of scheduled time for CLEP Administration.
  • Must have printed receipt for NVC CLEP Proctoring Fee
  • Must have print out of CLEP Registration Ticket.
  • Allow for at most 2 hours (3 hours if taking College Composition CLEP).

Awarding AP/CLEP Credits 

Requirements to Award AP and CLEP Credit:

  • Official Score Report from College Board must be sent to Northwest Vista College.
  • Must meet the Credit by Exam Score Policy for AP and CLEP. Click Here to view CLEP/AP Credit Policy
    • Notice - AP Statistic course credit to award is under review for Fall 2020 that will change from  Math 1442 to Math 1342.  Fall 2020 Catalog will be updated after review.
  • Successfully completed 6 credit hours at Northwest Vista College.
  • Students may not earn more than 45 total hours of non-traditional credit. 
  • Credit by exam may not be awarded for a course given a grade. Exceptions:
    • If withdrawn from course before census, Credit by exam may be awarded,
    • If withdrawn from course after census, must wait six months from last day of that term.
  • Students must submit a Credit by Exam Request to the Northwest Vista College Testing Office, specifying the courses they want to be awarded using their AP and/or CLEP scores.

CLICK HERE to submit a request to have your AP/CLEP Credit Posted to your Record

Special Accommodations

For special accommodations for instructor exams please contact the Access Office (Disabilities Services) at 210-486-4466 or via email at nvc-access@alamo.edu.