Below are FAQs related to TSI. This is provided to help the student in the advising/registration process. Contact an advisor or visit the college catalog for more detailed information about the TSI requirements.
All students prior to enrolling in college-level course work must assess with a state-approved assessment. Richland College offers the Accuplacer (a computerized version of a state approved assessment) and the Quick THEA (a pencil/paper version of a state approved assessment).
A student will not need to assess for TSI if at least one of the following conditions is true. Proof of these scores must be provided on an official document such as high school transcript or official score sheet from the testing organization when making application.
Proof of these exemptions must be provided on an official document or transcript.
Students enrolling in courses requiring prerequisites must test or show proof of prerequisites in order to enroll. The waiver status must be declared at the beginning of the semester.
See the catalog for a list of course description, placement, and prerequisites. Regardless of the studentís TSI status, course placement and prerequisites have to be met. In order to have placement and prerequisite cleared in the studentís academic record, it is important that all official academic transcripts be sent to Richland College.
The state has approved several tests that can be used to satisfy the TSI assessment requirement for basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. The tests given at Richland College are the Accuplacer and the Quick THEA. The Accuplacer is administered by computer. The THEA and the Quick THEA are in booklet form. A referral form from an advisor or the TSI Office is required for admission to the Test Center. If you are a New-to-College student, you must obtain your referral here. If you are needing a re-test referral, you must obtain this directly from your advisor.
The Accuplacer allows the student one hour for writing and editing the essay. The Sentence Skills, Reading and Math tests are not timed. Scores are available immediately after testing. A referral is required but no appointment is necessary. A photo ID is required as well as the Test Referral. The Accuplacer is offered during the week with added testing times when needed. Contact the Test Center (M105) phone 972 238 6160, advising T180 or the TSI Office T170T phone 972 238 6115 or 972 238 3787 for complete information.
Quick THEA is the same as the standard THEA. The Quick THEA is offered at the Richland College Campus during the week at times determined by the Test Center at a cost of $29. A referral is required, but no pre-registration is necessary. Scores are available within a week of testing. Bring a photo ID and arrive one hour before the scheduled test time. Seating is limited. For a current Quick THEA test schedule, contact the Test Center (M105) phone (972 238 6160).
The standard THEA is offered online at www.thea.nesinc.com . Go there for details about the THEA test and the registration process for the Internet Based THEA (IBT).
Students are encouraged to take time to prepare for the assessment. Talk to the advisor in T180 about test preparation when you get the referral form. The following websites may be used for information and review:
Other math review sites:
After the assessment students may see an Advisor for advice and registration. If the student meets the criteria for registering online, the student is encouraged to get the necessary advice and then go to eConnect to register for classes.
Students who do not meet assessment standards for college level placement may complete prerequisite requirements by taking developmental courses in the deficient area/s and completing these courses with a grade of C or higher.
For more information about TSI visit the college catalog. It is up to each student to be aware and informed about requirements that are subject to change. Be sure to have the latest information. If you are not sure, please contact the Advising Center in T180, The TSI Office T170T, T170S phone 972-238-6115 or 972-238-3787.