TSI: ABOUT THE TSI: EXEMPTIONS
Exemption is Not Automatic
You are required to provide documentation of your exemption; you may be asked to provide test scores, transcripts, military documents, etc., in order to claim an exemption. Contact the UScholars Academic Advising Center for more information.
Total vs. Partial Exemption
You have Total Exemption if:
- You have obtained the combined score on the appropriate test, as well as the two minimum scores for math and verbal/ELA. All three scores must be obtained to have Total Exemption.
- You qualify under the degree, military, coursework, and non-degree seeking total exemptions. See definitions below.
If you have obtained Total Exemption, you will not be required to take a TSI test. Your TSI requirements have been met. Please review notes above in regard to documentation.
You have Partial Exemption if:
- You have obtained the combined score on the appropriate test and the required minimum score on either math or verbal/ELA. You will be exempt from that individual section of TSI.
- Alternately, coursework in one or two of the three designated areas may give you partial exemption. Please see an AAC advisor for further information.
If you have obtained Partial Exemption, you will still have to take a TSI test in the section for which you are not exempt.
You will still be required to provide documentation to support your Partial Exemption.
Categories of Exemptions:
Please see an AAC advisor for further information about these exemptions, or if you have any questions about meeting TSI requirements:
- Exemption Scores:
- SAT** exemption: a combined score of 1070 with at least 500 on both the verbal and the mathematics sections.
- ACT exemption: a composite score of 23 with at least 19 on both the English and the mathematics sections.
- TAKS exemption: English/Language Arts (ELA) = 2200 with a score of 3 or higher on the written essay, plus a score of 2200 on the mathematics section (exit-level TAKS).
- Degree exemption: students who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Course work exemption (out of state/private school transfer students).
- Non-degree seeking exemption: students who are not seeking a degree from the university may be allowed to enroll in classes without having to meet TSI requirements. Please see an AAC advisor for more information.
- Military service exemption: students serving on active duty as a member of the US armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces and have been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
- Prior military service exemption: students who on or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty.
** A Note about the SAT:
The name of the SAT I has recently been changed to "SAT Reasoning Test"; the name "New SAT" has been used for the version of the test administered after January 2005. The verbal portion of the New SAT has been renamed "critical reading". Both old and new total, math, and verbal/critical reading scores that are less than five years old may be used to meet TSI requirements as described here. The essay section of the New SAT may not yet be used to meet TSI requirements. See also: Age of Exemptions, directly below.
Age of Exemptions:
Scores may not be more than 5 years old for SAT/ACT and 3 years for TAKS at the time of exemption.
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