TSI Assessment Test Breakdown

TSI Assessment Test

The exam outline below will give you a better understanding of the TSI assessment test.   This exam covers math, writing, and reading.  You may be required to take college classes that don’t count towards your major if you don’t do well on this exam.  Take a TSI practice test to make sure you are ready for this assessment.

TSI Assessment Test Breakdown

TSI Assessment Test Outline

Exam Administration
TSI Assessment Test Length
• 
Untimed exam
• Each section on the TSI Assessment has a different number of items

Distribution of Content for the TSI Assessment
• 
20 items – Math
• 20 items – Writing
•24 items – Reading

TSI Assessment Secrets Study Guide
TSI Assessment Secrets Study Guide

Overview of the TSI Assessment Test Content

1. Math
a. Elementary Algebra and Functions
• Linear equations, inequalities, and systems
• Algebraic expressions and equations (other than linear)
• Word problems and applications

b. Intermediate Algebra and Functions
• Quadratic and other polynomial expressions, equations, and functions
• Expressions, equations, and functions involving powers, roots, and radicals
• Rational and exponential expressions, equations, and functions

c. Geometry and Measurement
• Plane Geometry
• Transformations and symmetry
• Measurement (linear, area, three-dimensional)
• Modeling and applications

d. Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
• Interpreting categorical and quantitative data
• Statistical measures
• Probabilistic reasoning

2. Writing
a. Essay Revision
• All items in this category will be passage-based items,
• Passages are drafts of essays in need of revision and will be approximately 250 words. Items will ask students to revise parts of the essay to improve coherence, organization, word choice, rhetorical effectiveness, and use of evidence.

b. Agreement
• All items in this category will be discrete items
• Items will cover topics such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and verb tense.

c. Sentence Structure
• All items in this category will be discrete items.
• Items will cover topics such as fragments, subordination and coordination, and parallelism.
• Items will also cover topics such as comma splices and run-on sentences, as well as improper punctuation.

d. Sentence Logic
• All items in the category will be discrete items.
• Items will test the student’s ability to arrange the parts of sentences in the most logical way, including the use of logical transitions and the correct placement of modifying phrases.

4. Reading
a. Literary Analysis
• All items in this category will be passage-based items.
• Passages are fiction or literary nonfiction and will be approximately 400 words in length.
• Items will ask students to identify and analyze ideas in and elements of literary texts.

b. Main Idea and Supporting Details
• All items in this category will be discrete items with single informational/expository passages of 75-125 words.
• Items will ask students to identify the main idea of a passage or comprehend explicit textual information in the passage.

c. Inferences in a Text or Texts
• All items in this category will be discrete items with one or, in some cases, two informational/expository passages of 100-150 words.
• Most items will ask students to make an appropriate inference about a single passage.
• Some items will require students to synthesize ideas by making a connection of comparison between two passages.

d. Author’s Use of Language
• All items in this category will be discrete items with single informational/expository passages of 75-125 words.
• Some items will ask students to identify an author’s purpose, tone, organization, or rhetorical strategies and use of evidence.
• Some items will ask students to determine the meaning of words in context.

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Jay Willis joined Mometrix as Vice President of Sales in 2009, and has developed several key strategic relationships that have enhanced the distribution of Mometrix products. With nearly 20 years of sales experience in the publishing industry, his dedication to providing the highest quality experience for customers, coupled with his sales and marketing expertise, has resulted in significant growth of the Institutional Sales division.

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