Assessment and Testing

The San Antonio College Assessment and Testing Center provides testing services to students of San Antonio College and to the Community. Services include test administration of the TSI Exam for college placement, CLEP, TEAS, TCEQ, GED, and external proctoring of the TSI. We evaluate student TSI status and advise students on any pending TSI issues for TSI compliance. We also process our student's test scores such as AP, SAT, ACT, IB, GED, CLEP, and TSI.

Students who need to test on the TSIA 2.0

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 or TSIA2 is a state mandate placement exam required for all students planning to enroll in public colleges or universities to assess a student’s proficiency in Writing, Reading, and Math. Not all students need to take the TSIA2 exam. There are many ways a student can be exempt meaning they do not need to take the TSIA2 exam, see Exemptions. The TSIA2 exemptions are subject-specific, which means a student may qualify for an exemption in one area (such as ELAR) but not in another area (such as Mathematics).  Undergraduate students who enter without an exemption are required to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2).

Your scores on the TSIA2 will determine if you are ready to take college-level courses. Students scoring at or above the College Readiness Benchmarks below are eligible for college-level courses. If your scores don’t meet the criteria, you may be placed in a developmental course or provided an appropriate intervention. You may also be in a corequisite model course, where you enroll in a college-level course while taking a developmental education course/intervention to help ensure your success in the college-level course. Contact the Advising Department for course placement using Common Entry Requirements. You will not be denied admissions to the Alamo Colleges based on your TSI Assessment scores.  

No Cost TSIA Exam: Active applications with San Antonio College may take the TSIA exam for FREE. This excludes re-testers for the TSIA, early admit, home school dual credit, dual credit, early college, P-TECH or T-STEM. *** 


TSI 2.0 FAQs

What is the TSI 2.0 and when does it go into effect?

On January 11, 2021, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board replaced the placement exam TSIA with a new version called TSIA2.  On Monday January 11, 2021, the current TSIA will no longer be available and anybody testing for TSI from that day forward will be testing under the new TSIA 2.0 version.


Will my current TSI test scores be valid?

Yes, if you have taken the current TSI, your test scores are valid for a period of 5 years from the date of testing. However, if you are not yet TSI complete on any section of the TSI, as of January 11, 2021, you will need to test with the new TSI 2.0 test.

What is changing with the launch of TSI 2.0?

Some of the TSI 2.0 changes include:

  • Current Reading and Writing tests will be combined into one English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) section
  • Students not meeting the college readiness will now have one diagnostic assessment.
  • Mathematics section:
    • College Readiness Classification (CRC) Test – 20 items
    • Diagnostic Test – 48 items
    • New College Readiness Benchmarks for Math
      • Math - CRC >= 950 or CRC<950 and Diagnostic Level =6
  • English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) section:
    • College Readiness Classification (CRC) Test – 30 items
    • Diagnostic Test – 48 items
    • Essay - Persuasive (350-600 words)
    • New College Readiness Benchmarks for ELAR
      • ELAR – CRC >=945 and Essay >=5 or
        CRC<945 and Diagnostic Level >=5 and Essay >=5
  • New Assessment Scores:  910 – 990; Essay 1-8
  • TSIA/TSIA2 scores are valid 5 years from date of testing.
What are the TSI 2.0 College Readiness Benchmarks?
  • New College Readiness Benchmarks for Math
    • Mathematics – CRC >= 950  or
    • CRC < 950 and Diagnostic Level 6                                
  • New College Readiness Benchmarks for ELAR
    • ELAR -- CRC >= 945 and Essay >=5 or
    • CRC < 945 and Diagnostic Level >= 5 and Essay >= 5     
If I am TSI complete on Reading and not in Writing will I have to take the new ELAR test or can I just take the Writing test?

You will have to take the new ELAR because the Reading and Writing Sections will now be combined into one section now named ELAR test, and cannot be taken separately. You will see both Reading and Writing questions and possibly an essay when taking the ELAR section. Your result on the ELAR section will determine if you are complete on the Reading and Writing sections that have not yet been passed or completed.

If I am TSI Math complete with the current TSI, do I have to take the new TSI 2.0 Math test?

No, if you are TSI complete on Math on the TSIA you do not have to test as long as your test scores are still valid and not older than 5 years from the date of testing.

SAC students ONLY:

TSIA2 on Campus by Appt.*

* Walk-ins are welcome except Saturdays by appointment only.

To determine if you are EXEMPT from the TSIA2 examTSI Requirement Exemptions. If you believe you may be exempt from the TSIA2 exam, please email us at (include your full name, banner ID#, and brief explanation).  Please make sure you complete your AlamoENROLL modules on your ACES account. If you need assistance with ACES, contact IT department at (210) 486-0777.

If you have previously taken the TSI Assessment within the last 5 years at a testing site outside of the Alamo Colleges, please complete the “SAC Cross Institutional Reporting Form” below. Please note the information provided MUST match the information you entered when you tested. Please allow 1- 2 business days excluding weekends for your scores to be retrieved and entered into our system.

SAC Cross Institutional Reporting Form

If a student is not meeting the exemptions or waivers as defined above, they must take the TSIA2 exam to determine student's readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. TAKE THE TIME TO PREPARE! Get the Study App!

What is needed to take the TSI Exam?

Please review the complete list of items needed in order to test:

  • Must have completed an ApplyTexas application for one of the Alamo Colleges at ApplyTexas or have an active application on file at one of the Alamo Colleges District.  
  • Submit official High School transcripts or GED scores as well as any college/university transcripts previously attended to Admissions and Records. 
  • Login to ACES, select the "Start Here" tab, checklist items 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before you are eligible to test.
  • Click on the "Enroll" buttons to begin and complete the state-mandated Alamo Enroll modules (Test Prep Module and GO FAARR module), per THECB TSI Rule §4.55(b).
  • The TSI Assessment is not a timed test. The average time to complete all sections of the test is 3-5+ hours. 
  • TAKE THE TIME TO PREPARE! TSIA2 Student Practice and Resources Quick Links located below.
  • Banner ID Number (To look up your Banner ID Number, select the "My Page" tab on your ACES account and scroll down to "My Advisor." You will need your Banner ID Number written down the day of testing).
  • TSI Fees - Full Exam $32, Two Sections $24, Single Subject $12. Testing fees are non-refundable.

Acceptable forms of Identification

Please review the acceptable forms of identification per the 2018 Collegeboard Rules and Guidelines: 

  • Current and valid photo ID; expired documents are not acceptable.
  • ID must be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any electronic device.
  • ID must have a recognizable photograph.
  • ID must bear your first and last name.
  • Driver's license/state approved or federal ID (with DOB and signature).
  • School IDs from the prior school year are valid through the end of December of the current calendar year. (For example, school IDs from 2021-22 can be used through December 31, 2022.) 
  • Passport.
  • Tribal ID.
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

If you do not have any of the forms of identification above, you can use the Accuplacer Student ID Form for the TSIA.

Assessment and Testing General Office Hours

January 3- May 13, 2023

Monday, Wednesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Walk-ins are welcome)

1st Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. for TSIA2 exams by appointment for SAC students Only.  

***All exams should be completed in one sitting.  Testing lab closes 15 minutes prior to closing time.***

For additional information regarding holds and TSI testing, please contact the Assessment Center via email: (please include your Banner ID# on your email).

If your college or university needs your TSI scores that were taken at San Antonio College, we recommend that you contact their Testing Center to retrieve your scores through Cross-Institution Reporting in Accuplacer.  All public Texas schools have access to these scores through Accuplacer. You may also view, print and share your scores with other institutions TSIA scores in Accuplacer. If you tested at your high school contact them for your scores. 

TSI Testing Accommodations

Services are available upon request from the student and must be supported by documentation supplied by a credentialed or certified person (PhD, MD, diagnostic credential). To request accommodations for TSI testing please visit the disABILITY Support Services (DSS) website, Victory Center Room 101, or call (210) 486-0020 to schedule an appointment to meet with a dSS Advisor. Please take into consideration the time-sensitive process in requesting accommodations for the exam. Carefully follow the step-by-step guidelines listed on the dSS website.