Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
What Is the TSI Assessment 2.0?
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is a series of placement tests for students enrolling in public colleges and universities in Texas. The tests help Texas schools determine whether you’re ready for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing, and math.
If you’re not ready for college-level courses, the tests help determine what types of courses or interventions will best prepare you for college-level work. You take TSIA2 tests on a computer and, depending on school policy, may get your results immediately after you finish the test.
Do I Have to Take the TSIA2?
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
Having an exemption means that you can enroll in any freshman-level college course in a specific area without having to take TSIA2 or complete a prerequisite. Not all entering students need to take TSIA2.
You may be exempt if you:
• have met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT®, ACT® , or the English III/Algebra II STAAR End-of-Course high school tests;
• have successfully completed a high school College Preparatory Course*;
• have successfully completed college-level course(s);
• have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours);
• aren’t seeking a degree;
• have been, or currently are, in the military.
If you think you may be exempt, contact an adviser or counselor at your institution or high school.