Counseling » TSI Information

TSI Information

TSI Testing Information and Exemptions

Effective August 26, 2013 (based on House Bill 3468 – Texas College-Readiness Assessment and Placement) the new TSI Assessment will be the only accepted placement exam and all prior test scores for students not enrolled will no longer be valid.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program that provides assistance with reading, writing and math skills of students entering Texas public colleges and universities. The program consists of testing, advisement, placement and developmental education for students who do not pass one or more sections of the test. There are possible exemptions and waivers from the State mandate.

TSI Requirement Exemptions

Students may be exempt from taking a TSI-eligible exam, unless it is needed as a prerequisite for a specific course, if they meet one of the following:
•ACT
Composite score of twenty-three (23) or higher, with a minimum score of nineteen (19) in each section of the English and math tests. Scores are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.*
•SAT
Combined score of 1070 or higher, with a minimum of 500 in each section of the verbal and math tests. Scores are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.*
•TAKS Exit-Level
Minimum scale score of 2200 on the exit-level math section and 2200 on the English Language Arts (ELA) section with a writing sub-section score of five (5) or higher. Scores are valid for three (3) years from date of testing.
•STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
•Readiness Status
Met college-level readiness standards in English, reading, and mathematics at an accredited Texas public institution of higher education.
•Transfer from Private or Accredited Out-of-State Institutions
Satisfactorily completed a minimum of three (3) college-level semester credit hours in English, reading, and math with a grade of “C” or better.
•Degree
Earned an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited Texas public institution of higher education.
•Certificate
Enrolled in THECB approved Certificate Level-One Programs of one (1) year or less with forty-two (42) or fewer semester credit hours that do not require specific skill levels for course enrollment.
•Military
Currently serving on Active Duty in the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces for at least three (3) years preceding enrollment.
After August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, released, or retired from Active Duty as a member of the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces.

Students who do not provide official documentation to verify one of the exemptions above are required to take one of the TSI assessments.
 
TSI Prep/Study 
 
 
 
 
 

Each of the TSI subject tests are score independently. Students must meet certain "college ready" scores in each subject test in order to not be required to take developmental education or accelerated intervention coursework.  The college-level passing scores are phased in based on enrollment dates and listed below:

Phase I - Students entering higher education fall 2013

  • Math: 350
  • Reading: 351
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350

Phase II - Students entering higher education fall 2017

  • Math: 356
  • Reading: 355
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350

Phase III - Students entering higher education fall 2019

  • Math: 369
  • Reading: 359
  • Writing: Essay score of 5 and multiple choice of 350