Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

  • What Is the TSI Assessment?

    The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help higher education institutions determine if students are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  The program also assesses what type of course or intervention will best meet the needs of students so they can become better prepared for college-level course work.

    If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment (unless you are already exempt). Based on how you peform on the TSI, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college level courses.


    Do I Have to Take the TSI Assessment?

    Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment.  There are many ways to become exempt.  Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions.  Student may be exempt if they:

    • have met the minimum college readiness standards on SAT or ACT;
    • have successfully completed college-level English and math courses;
    • have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours);
    • are not seeking a degree; or
    • have been, or currently are, in the military.


  • Texas Success Initiative Exemption

    • Scored a 23 or higher on the ACT composite and a minimum of 19 on both the English and math tests;
    • SAT administered prior to March 2016: Earned a combined (verbal critical reading + math) SAT score of 1070, with a minimum score of 500 on both sections;
    • SAT administered March 2016 and later: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) minimum score of 480, Mathematics minimum score of 530 (no combined score needed);
    • TAKS scale score of at least 2200 on the math section and/or 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3;
    • Veterans, active duty personnel, and a student who is serving as and, for at least 3 years preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the U.S. armed services;
    • Transfer from another institution having satisfactorily completed college-level coursework; or
    • Enroll in a certificate program of one year or less (Level One certificates) at a public institution.