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Why is the TSI required?
Texas students have dreams as large as their state. For Texas colleges and universities to offer a world-class education to a diverse population, schools must individualize study plans. Some students need remedial classes to polish their reading, writing, and math skills before they attempt college courses. Those with low TSI scores are not barred from college, but their degree completion may be delayed by a semester to master necessary skills. With improved TSI scores, these students can progress more quickly with their degree plans.
Where can I take the TSI?
All Texas colleges and universities make available a free practice TSI test to aspiring students. Only those who have taken the pretest may attempt the complete exam. The computer-generated practice test quickly tabulates test scores. Test administrators show students their scores and explain the impact of scores in each range on a student’s progress toward a college degree. Those with low scores for the pretest are advised to study TSI materials for reading, writing, and math before taking the complete examination.
How is the TSI administered?
All degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Texas offer the TSI to those enrolled who take a practice test and pay a fee. There is no time limit for the TSI, but most test takers need three to four hours to complete the reading, writing, and mathematics sections of the exam. Because the TSI is computer-generated and graded, each student receives a unique set of questions. The program adjusts the questions to each test taker’s skill level. TSI scores are available soon after a student completes an exam. Then test-takers can learn which college courses are the best match for their performance.
What is the TSIA2?
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is the revised version of the TSIA1, updated and improved to support student success through effective testing and guidance. The Texas Success Initiative requires all Texas public institutions of higher education to determine their students’ readiness for success in freshman-level academic courses. All students entering Texas public colleges, technical schools, and universities undergo assessment using the TSIA2, unless exempt.
The TSIA2 consists of three examinations – Mathematics, English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR), and Essay. Students are placed into appropriate coursework based on their results from the TSIA2. This article discusses the Mathematics suite of the TSIA2.
What does the TSIA2 consist of?
The TSIA2 consists of two tests: a college readiness classification (CRC) test and a diagnostic test. The CRC is administered to all test takers, and the diagnostic is administered only to those students who need more evaluation for college readiness. Test takers who achieve a score between 950 and 990 are determined “college-ready,” and their exam ends. Test takers who do not achieve a score between 950 and 990 are routed to take the diagnostic test. Students whose CRC score is between 910 and 949 need to achieve a score of 6 on the diagnostic test to be determined college-ready.
What is the CRC Test?
The college readiness test is computer-delivered and computer-adaptive, consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions. “Computer-adaptive” means that the computer adjusts the difficulty level of each question dependent on previous inputs. By adapting to the test taker’s knowledge, the test can reasonably accurately indicate a student’s knowledge base.
The CRC has four subject areas: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebraic Reasoning, Geometric and Spatial Reasoning, and Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning. If needed, an on-screen calculator is available to use; personal calculators are not permitted. Scratch paper is provided during the exam as required and returned after the exam. The Mathematics CRC is not timed, and you can start and stop the exam as often as needed as long as it is completed within 14 calendar days.
For students with documented disabilities preventing computer delivery, fixed-form versions of the exam are available. The fixed-form tests are not computer-adaptive. For special-needs accommodations, work with your academic advisor.
Quantitative Reasoning (6 questions)
This section of the CRC evaluates your knowledge and abilities with calculating ratios, proportions, and percentages. Your ability to identify, manipulate, and interpret linear equations and expressions is examined. Questions in this section test your ability to:
- Apply math operations to rational and irrational numbers
- Apply ratios, proportions, and percents to solve problems
- Formulate solutions to real-world situations based on the solution to a mathematical problem
- Use algebraic properties, concepts, procedures, and algorithms to combine, transform, evaluate, and interpret expressions and equations
Algebraic Reasoning (7 questions)
In the algebraic reasoning section, test takers solve equations, evaluate functions, and solve problems in context. Problems presented include:
- Use algebraic properties, concepts, procedures, and algorithms to solve equations, inequalities, linear equations
- Identify and make connections among graphical, tabular, and algebraic representations
- Evaluate linear functions for value
- Formulate solutions to real-world situations based on the solution to a mathematical problem
- Identify and use algebraic properties, concepts, procedures, and algorithms to combine, transform, and evaluate expressions and equations
- Identify and use algebraic properties, concepts, procedures, and algorithms to solve equations and evaluate functions
- Make connections between graphical, tabular, and algebraic representations
Geometric and Spatial Reasoning (3 questions)
Your knowledge of units and conversion within measurement systems, solving geometric problems, performing transformations, and applying right triangle trigonometry are evaluated. Topics include:
- Convert units of measurement using proportional reasoning
- Recognize, identify, and validate the properties of two and three-dimensional figures
- Calculate the volume, perimeter, area, and surface area of figures
- Identify and apply transformations to figures
- Use fundamental trigonometric ratios to solve problems
- Apply right-angle relationships
- Make connections between geometry and algebra
Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning (4 questions)
In this section, you will classify data and construct appropriate representations of data, computing and interpreting probability to describe measures of center and spread of data. Examination questions include:
- Compute and interpret the probability of an event and its complement
- Compute and describe summary statistics of data
- Identify appropriate representations of data based on type
- Determine types of data, analyze information, and determine a solution
When you have reached the end of your CRC test, your answers are scored. If you meet the college-ready score range of the CRC (950-990), your test is complete, and an Individual Score Report is issued indicating your college-ready status. If you score below 950, you are automatically routed to the Diagnostic test.
What is the Diagnostic Test?
The Diagnostic test consists of 48 multiple-choice questions pulled from the four content areas of the CRC. The Diagnostic test is computer-delivered and adaptive. The Diagnostic test design is to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses, and provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your readiness. Take your time and answer each question to the best of your ability. Like the CRC, there is no time limit for the Diagnostic test.
The content covered in the Diagnostic test includes:
Quantitative Reasoning (12 questions)
- Use whole numbers, integers, decimals, and fractions to perform math operations
- Round numbers to a given decimal place
- Compare numbers in different formats
- Compare magnitudes of rational and irrational numbers
- Use ratios, proportions, and percents to solve mathematical problems
- Solve proportional relationship problems in context – for example, financial literacy
- Identify, manipulate, and interpret linear equations, inequalities, and expressions
Algebraic Reasoning (12 questions)
- Solve linear equations, inequalities, and systems
- Evaluate linear functions
- Solve quadratic and exponential relationship problems in context – for example, compound interest
- Identify and manipulate quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, and radical equations and expressions
- Solve equations and evaluate functions
Geometric and Spatial Reasoning (12 questions)
- Identify common units of measurement
- Identify and define types of angles
- Convert units within systems of measurement
- Using various methods, including estimation, find perimeter, area, surface area, and volume
- Investigate congruence, similarity, and symmetry using transformation
- Apply right triangle relationships and basic trigonometry
- Make connections between algebraic and geometric equations
Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning (12 questions)
- Sort and count data
- Construct simple graphs and tables
- Compute and interpret probability
- Compute and interpret measures of center and spread of data
- Classify data and construct appropriate representations
- Analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from data
A college-ready score on the Diagnostic test is 6. Your Diagnostic test score, combined with your CRC score, determines your certification as “college-ready” or “not college-ready.”
What does the individual score report show?
If you score 950 or greater on the CRC, your testing session is concluded, and you receive an Individual Score Report certifying you as college-ready. If you score 949 or less on the CRC, your Diagnostic Test score is used to identify your status. A Diagnostic test of 6 plus your CRC score triggers an Individual Score Report certifying you as college-ready. Suppose your Diagnostic test is 5 or less. In that case, your Individual Score Report indicates you are not college-ready, and it will show the areas that need remedial assistance to bring to a college level.
How Can I Prepare for the TSIA2 Test?
The TSIA2 is an essential tool you and your academic advisor can use to develop your educational path. Success on the exam not only proves that you have the knowledge base to build on success in college, but it can save you money by reducing the amount of remedial or prerequisites you have to take to receive your degree. Use the tools Mometrix Test Preparation has developed after years of research and consultation. The suite of study aids available – online tutorials, study guides, and flashcards – will help you reach your goal of a college-ready certification, easing your scholastic financial burden and setting you up for success. Preparing for college can be stressful. Don’t let the TSIA2 add any more stress – give Mometrix a try today and pass tomorrow!
Is TSI preparation worth my time and effort?
If you are serious about attending college, then improving your study habits is not a waste of time. Preparing for the TSI provides a preview of the demands of college. Those who invest hours and energy to hone their academic skills can look forward to earning a college degree and earning $1 million more than a high school graduate. A strong effort on the TSI opens doors to a lifetime of opportunity.
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