Testing Center

Can't make it to the Testing Center during the week for the TSI? We've got you covered! The Testing Center is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during August for your convenience.

Students must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to be eligible to test. Payment can be made by credit card or debit card. No cash will be accepted. First-Time testing is $25 or $10 for retesting.
The Student Success Center is located next door to the Madison Monroe Education Building on Procter Street.

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The Lamar State College Port Arthur Testing Center is located in the Student Success Center building. The Lamar State College Port Arthur provides a testing center for LSCPA students and the community. Assessments are offered in a comfortable, secure testing environment. Exams range from student placement exams, national licensures/certificates and state certifications to testing for area business and industry.

Lists of testing organizations that partner with Lamar State College Port Arthur are listed on the webpage. For more information about the exams call the testing center at 409-984-6244, email testing@lamarpa.edu.  or contact the certifying agency through the link provided. You may also visit the Testing Center in the Student Success Center.

Director:     Alice Nelson
Office:        Student Success Center, Room 112
Email:         nelsoaa@lamarpa.edu
Phone:        409-984-6244


Testing Center
Student Success Center
1500B Procter Street
Port Arthur, Texas 77642

Hours of Operation


Hours of


Last Test
Must Start By


Monday thru Thursday (Fall & Spring)

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

8:00 AM

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Monday thru Thursday (Summer)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8:00 AM

3:30 PM

4:30 PM


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8:00 AM

3:30 PM

4:30 PM





Tests Administered

Texas Success Initiative

The Testing Center administers an approved test for TSI purposes. It is a comprehensive computerized adaptive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses. Placement and diagnostic exams are offered in mathematics, reading and writing for the purpose of advancing to the next level of developmental coursework or placing out of developmental courses entirely

The TSI Test can be taken each day between 8:00am and 1:00pm at a cost of $25. Students may retest for $10.  Students are also able to retest sections of the TSI Test for $10. Students must see an admissions advisor to obtain a referral form for testing. Upon completion of the exam, students will be given a copy of the scores and should return to the Advising Office to determine if your developmental requirement has changed. Passing scores do NOT release a student from their current course obligations and do not award the student a passing grade for the course.

TSI Pricing

TSI Assessment


All three sections (Writing, Math and Reading)





Testing Procedures
  • DO NOT BE LATE. There may be a person testing after you.
  • You must present a current ID with your signature and photo (school ID or valid/current driver's license) NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Sign in. All test materials are provided (calculators, pencils, scratch paper, etc).
  • Receive scores immediately upon completion of exams.

GED® Testing Services

Lamar State College Port Arthur, through Pearson VUE, delivers the computer-based version of the GED® exam for the State of Texas for individuals to receive their high school credentials. In the future, other jurisdictions may be added.

To schedule for the GED® exam, candidates must go to the following link: https://ged.com/ to create their account, complete their registration and schedule their exam. Questions about the process should be directed to the call center at 877-EXAM GED (877-392-6433).

Links to additional resources

Certified Pearson VUE Tests

The Testing Center is a approved to administer Pearson VUE tests. Pearson VUE delivers more than 4 million high-stakes exams a year for clients in the licensure, certification, academic admissions, regulatory and government testing service. Individuals that plan to complete a Pearson VUE Test should contact the Testing Center to schedule an examination appointment.

Correspondence Tests

Correspondence exams are administered by appointment. The proctoring fee for a Correspondence Test is  $25 per exam.

Developmental Education Tests

Students enrolled in developmental courses must take exams utilizing MyLabsPlus in the Testing Center.


LSCPA will not refund any test fees for completed examinations or assessments. Students who 'No Show' or do not appear for a scheduled examination will not receive a refund. Students that do not call the Testing Center within 24 hours before a scheduled examination will not receive a refund. LSCPA will refund test fees for cancelled exams or assessments if the candidate presents a receipt within thirty (30) days of the exam date or payment transaction.

Contact Information

Testing Center.............................. (409) 984-6244





Hyatt, Dayna M.

Technical Assistant

(409) 984-6246


Nelson, Alice A.

Director of Testing

(409) 984-6244


Davis, Michelle L. Department Chair General Education and Developmental Studies (409) 984-6341 davisml1@lamarpa.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the TSI Assessment?
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules require that all students in Texas public colleges and universities complete the TSI Assessment. The purpose of the TSI Assessment is to determine a student's degree of college readiness. 

More Information on the TSI Assessment

Who must complete the TSI Assessment?
All students seeking an Associate's Degree and certificate programs that are 43 semester credit hours or more are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless exemptions are met. Certificate programs with less than 43 semester credit hours and requiring Math and/or Writing will require a student to take certain parts of the TSI Assessment as a prerequisite, unless exemptions are met. Before a student can take the TSI Assessment, the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity must be completed.

How do I register for the TSI Assessment?
After seeing an advisor fo a referral, please see the cashier's office in the Business Office to pay for the exam. You must bring your receipt and Testing Center Exam Form to the Testing Center. Retests are allowed with no limit or waiting period.  For additional information, call the Testing Center at 409-984-6244 or email testing@lamarpa.edu.

Website Resources for Additional TSI Assessment Information:

TSI Content: