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TSI Exemptions and Exceptions

TSI EXEMPTION AND EXCEPTIONS

The following students shall be exempt from TSI developmental education requirements:

  1. Students who test at or above the following standards valid five (5) years from the date of testing:
    • ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English and the mathematics tests; or
    • SAT SCORES PRIOR TO MARCH 2016:
      SAT combined critical reading and math score: 1070
      Reading & Writing Exempt: minimum of 500 on critical reading
      Math Exempt: minimum of 500 on the math test
    • SAT SCORES MARCH 2016 and on: 
      Reading & Writing Exempt: minimum of 480 on Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW)
      Math Exempt: minimum 530 on the math test;
    • Students who achieve the following minimum score on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) valid five (5 years from date of testing:
      2200 on TAKS Math and
      2200 on TAKS English/Language Arts with a writing sub score of at least 3;
    • STAAR end-of-course (EOC):
      Reading & Writing Exempt:  minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III
      Math Exempt:  minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC;
  2. Students who have graduated with associate or baccalaureate degrees from Texas institutions of higher education;
  3. Students who transfer from private or independent institutions of higher education or accredited out-of-state institutions of higher education and who have satisfactorily completed college-level course work with a “C” or better in one course from each of the three areas listed below:
    Writing--ENGL 1301, 1302, 2321, 2322, 2323, 2331, 2332, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2341, 2342, 2343, HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2311;
    Reading--HIST 1301, 1302, ENGL 1301, 1302, 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2331, 2332, 2333, 2341, 2342, 2343, GOVT 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306, PSYC 2301, 2314, PHIL 1301, 2303, 2306, GEOG 1300, 1301, 1302, 1303, SOCI 1301, 1306.
    Mathematics--MATH 1314 or higher; PYSC 2317;
  4. Students who have previously attended any accredited Texas public institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution;
  5. Students who are serving on active duty as members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as Members of reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States and have been serving for at least three (3) years preceding enrollment; and
  6. Students who, on or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as members of reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States.
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