Texas Law requires that students complete assessments in reading, writing and mathematics prior to enrolling in college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that any new undergraduate student entering a public college or university must be assessed for readiness to enroll in college coursework.
The TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program:
1. An assessment to diagnose students' basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and
2. Developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), being a private university, is not required by the state of Texas to participate in the TSI. However, OLLU is a remote voucher site for TSI testing. Students wishing to test at OLLU will have to contact the university they plan to attend to request a "remote voucher" notifying them that they have chosen OLLU as their remote proctor site.
All appointments for OLLU testing are done online through the testing website at www.ollusa.edu/testingcenter. Before a TSI testing appointment can be made, the student must have a voucher number to complete the registration. The OLLU CCDT-Testing Center does charge a $25 proctoring fee. The university a student plans to attend may also charge a fee for the remote voucher. Because the TSI is an untimed test, we cannot start testing any later than 9 a.m., regardless of the number of sections the student is taking. The average test time for the TSI is 3-4 hours; however, students have taken as long as eight hours. All students work at a different pace so it is difficult to estimate how long the TSI will take.
The university that issued the voucher will have all test results (including official scores) once the test is complete. OLLU will no longer have access to the student’s test score once the test session has been completed and the student logs off. OLLU cannot reprint, forward, or interpret TSI test results. OLLU will be able to print one “unofficial copy” of the student’s scores before they leave the testing center, for their own record, provided there are no software issues. Once the Testing Center prints the unofficial scores, all records go directly to the university that they plan to attend.
When the student arrives to take the TSI he/she must have the following documentation with them: TSI remote voucher, payment receipt along with a current ID which can include school ID, current state driver’s license, state I.D. card or valid passport.
The test fee can be paid online.