TSI: ABOUT THE TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE
New Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI)
—Effective August 26, 2013
The TSI Assessment is a program to determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the
general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program will also help determine what type of
course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college-level
course work if you are not ready.
Beginning August 26, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas
public colleges and universities to administer the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
Assessment. Any new student who has not completed college course work prior to
2013, or met a state-approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment
- Have met the minimum college readiness standard on SAT®, ACT, or a statewide high school test
ACT: A student has an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in both math and English
portions of the test. Scores must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting. Partial
exemption is allowed if the Composite score is 23 and the minimum score of 19 is met in one of the
individual areas. Student would need to test in the area not exempt.
SAT: A student has an SAT composite score of 1070, with a minimum of 500 on the math and critical
reading portions of the test. Test score must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
Partial exemption is allowed if the Composite score is 1070 and the minimum score of 500 is met in
one of the individual areas. Student would need to test in the area not exempt.
TAKS: A student has an 11th grade TAKS score with a minimum of English Language Arts 2200 and
a writing sample of a 3. Both minimum scores are required to meet placement for reading and writing.
TAKS math score of 2200 will exempt a student in math. Scores must be less than 3 years old.
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.
- Have successfully completed college-level English and math courses
- Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours)
- Have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education
- Are not seeking a degree
- Have been, or currently are, in the military
If you are not exempt from taking the TSI Assessment, you will be required to take three tests:
- TSI Assessment Mathematics
- TSI Assessment Reading
- TSI Assessment Writing:
Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity
Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). PAA is
required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very
important that you complete this activity before you take the test. You will not be allowed to take the TSI
Assessment until you have completed this activity.
Information on the Pre-Assessment Activity and the TSI Assessment
is available on the Learning and Testing Website:
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