TSI Assessment Information

Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)

What Is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college- level courses.

Which students must take the TSI Assessment?

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry- level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in the entry-level college courses. In certain cases exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area such as reading but not in another area like mathematics or writing. You may be exempt if you meet one or more of the following:

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions
  • Scored a 23 or higher on the ACT composite and a minimum of 19 on both the English and math tests;
  • Earned a combined (verbal + math )"OLD" SAT score of 1070, with a minimum score of 500 on both sections;
  • "NEW" SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score
  • To enroll in a dual credit class while still in high school, a student may be exempt from the Reading and Writing TSI by an earned score of 4000 or higher on the English 2 STAAR EOC test and exempt from the Math TSI by an earned score of 4000 or higher on the Algebra 1 STAAR EOC.  These exemptions by STAAR EOCs only applies for enrolling in dual credit classes.  If a student completes an academic dual credit class with a passing grade, then that student is exempt from taking the TSI test in the area of the class.  For example, if a student takes College Algebra while in high school and receives a passing grade, that student is exempt from taking the Math portion of the TSI.