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Test Prep (TSI Assessment & more)

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TSI Assessment

Effective the first class day of the Fall 2013 semester, the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment replaced all other tests used for course placement. Completing the required Pre-Assessment activity helps familiarize students with the content and purpose for the test.

Visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) website for more information about the the Texas Success Initiative and Developmental Education.

Additional TSI Assessment study aids:

TSI test prep help through the Ron E. Lewis Library:

  • Test prep books are on reserve for use in the library and the Learning Center.
    • TSI Texas Success Initiative Math Practice Tests: 185 TSI Math Practice Problems and Solutions, Academic Success Media, LB2353.7 T85 2013
    • TSI Texas Success Initiative Reading and Writing Study Guide, Academic Success Media, LB2353.7 .T8 2007
  • On the LSCO campus (or for students with LSCO campus login), students may access the Learning Express Library database, which offers practice tests and study guides in math, reading, and grammar/writing. To find practice tests specific to TSI content, select College Center Plus > Prepare for State Placement Tests > TSI Preparation.

Helpful resources from other campuses:

General Skills Practice for College-Readiness and Placement Testing

EdReady (a project of the NROC Project) offers free access to self-assessments and personalized study modules for English and math, as well as college placement exam practice. To try it out, click "Get Started" and "Enter As Guest." Then, select your goal -- GED/TABE prep, College Readiness, Common Placement Exams, SAT or ACT -- to begin. To save your progress, create an account (email address required).

Although ASSET, COMPASS, ACT, and THEA are not used for course placement of entering students, study guides for these tests contain material similar to TSI and may provide supplementary skills practice.

ASSET (Assessment of Skills for successful Entry & Transfer) *Discontinued product of ACT.org.

COMPASS (Compuerized Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) *Discontinued product of ACT.org.

ACT (American College Testing) *Product of ACT.org.

  • English -- five editing passages with answers and explanations.
  • Math -- five problem sets with answers and explanations.
  • Reading -- four reading passages with answers and explanations.
  • Writing -- six argumentative prompts with sample essays and score explanations.

 THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)

ETS Proficiency Profile

All students preparing to graduate with an Associate of Science (A.S.), an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree, or an Associate of Arts Teaching (A.A.T) degree are required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile prior to graduation.

Program Entrance Tests

Some programs of study at LSCO may require one of the following entrance exams. Contact the appropriate program office for details about about a specific exam and necessary scores.


LSCO's Allied Health Vocational Nursing and Dental Assisting Programs require students to take the ATI TEAS as a condition of admission. The following links provide suggestions for TEAS preparation.

Admission Assessment Exam (A2)

LSCO's Allied Health Upward Mobility Nursing Program requires students to take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) as a condition of admission.


Graduates of LSCO's Vocational Nursing Certificate Program take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Graduates of LSCO's Upward Mobility Nursing AAS Program take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Other Practice

On the LSCO campus (or for students with LSCO campus login), students may access the Learning Express Library database, which offers practice tests and study guides for academics (select form several Centers: Adult Learning, School, College Preparation, College Success, College, College Plus, or High School Equivalency) as well as occupational entrance and certification exams (select Career Center Plus).

Tests.com offers some brief, free practice tests for a variety academic and career exams, including Math, Algebra, Grammar, Spelling, ASVAB (for military), PRAXIS (for teachers), NCLEX-RN, TEAS, and more.