Admissions

TSI Exemptions

You do not have to take the TSI Assessment test if you:

  • have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education; OR
  • have transferred from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution; OR
  • have previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution; OR
  • are student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college; OR
  • are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment; OR
  •  on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; OR
  • are enrolled at TAMU-T as a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment:

ACT

Composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. A student must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

SAT

Combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. A student must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

TAKS

Students must attend college within five (5) years of their 11th grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in order to use these scores for an exemption.

A minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections;

STAAR

Students must attend college within five (5) years of their end-of-course (EOC) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

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.

If you think you meet one of these exemptions please verify that Texas A&M University-Texarkana has this information by contacting the Admissions Office at admissions@tamut.edu. Do not assume that the information is on file.


For information regarding the TSI Assessment scores, view the Test Approved Cut-Scores.