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What the TSI means for you...

The State of Texas requires all incoming undergraduate students to demonstrate college-readiness in reading, writing and mathematics as defined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program. Most incoming transfer students meet minimum TSI requirements through exemption, prior coursework or have previously passed the TSI assessment, so no further demonstration of college-readiness is required. While not a requirement for admission, students who do not meet TSI requirements will be limited, and in some cases, prevented from registering for courses.

Am I exempt from TSI Requirements?

A student may be exempt from all (Math, Reading, and Writing) TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:

Prior TSI Exemption

A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness.

Degree Holder

A student is exempt, in all TSI areas, if he or she holds an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

Military

    • A student is exempt in all TSI areas, if serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the U.S. or the Texas National Guard.
    • A student is exempt, in all TSI areas, if he or she is currently serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the U.S. and has been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
    • A student is exempt if honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the U.S., of the Texas National Guard, or has served as a member of the armed forces of the U.S.

Non-Degree Seeker

A student is exempt if he or she is a non-degree and/or visiting student. If a student becomes a degree-seeking student, he or she will be required to meet TSI standards.

A Student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions:

SAT, ACT, TAKS and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old.

Prior College Credit

    • Math, Reading, and Writing: A student transferring in college-level courses from another institution of higher education who have achieved a “C” may be exempt from taking the TSI assessment in one or more areas. Undergraduate Admissions will review upon receipt of official transcripts.

AP Credit (Score of 3 or higher)

    • Math: Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Statistics
    • Reading: English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Comparative Government and Politics; European History; Human Geography; Psychology; United States Government and Politics; United States History; World History
    • Writing: English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition

ACT

    • Math: Composite 23 and Math 19
    • Reading: Composite 23 and English 19
    • Writing: Composite 23 and English 19

SAT

    • Math: Composite 1070 and Math 500
    • Reading: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500
    • Writing: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500

TAKS

    • Math: Math 2200
    • Reading: ELA 2200 and writing essay score 3
    • Writing: ELA 2200 and writing essay score 3

STAAR

    • Math: End-of-course score of level 2 on Algebra II
    • Reading: End-of-course score of level 2 on English III
    • Writing: End-of-course score of level 2 on English III
TSI Assessment Student Informational Brochure.
For more information regarding TSI, please visit:

Pre-Assessment Activity

TSI Exemptions

TSI Sample Tests

TSI Cut Scores

Resources for TSI

TSI FAQ's
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