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What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a Texas legislature mandated program for students who attend Texas public institutions of higher education as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062).  Students must comply with this mandate in order to enroll in Texas public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a course or intervention designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

Are all students required to take the test before enrolling in classes?
Unless exempt, students entering a Texas public college or university must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then take the state-approved TSI Assessment test and receive passing scores in order to enroll in credit bearing courses.  Students who pass the state-approved TSI Assessment test have completed the TSI requirements. 


Is there a cost to take the TSI Assessment test?

Yes, there is a non-refundable fee(s) associated with the TSI Assessment test. The fees vary depending on which area(s) you will need to test in.

  • One Area: $15.00
  • Two Areas: $30.00
  • All Areas: $40.00

$5.00 will be assessed upon your 2nd re-schedule request.

What happens if I do not pass the test?
Students who do not make the minimum required score for each of the three academic areas (reading, writing, and math) will be enrolled in a program of developmental education for the specific area(s) needing remediation. 

How do I know if I am exempt?
Click here for a list of possible exemptions.

Can I Retake the Test?

If you are not satisfied with your performance, you may retake the TSI Assessment at any time. However, before you attempt to retest, it is strongly recommended that you set aside time for additional study. Check with our Testing Center for information concerning retesting and review workshops.

What test do I need to take if I am not exempt and where do I take it?

The TSI Assessment test is the only state approved test for non-exempt students.  Prior to taking the test all students must complete the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).  The PAA consists of reading information about the TSI Assessment test and then completing a TSI Assessment practice test.  Only Texas public universities and colleges offer the TSI Assessment test.


If I don’t pass one of the state tests, will I not be able to come to A&M-Texarkana?

Not meeting one or more of the requirements of the TSI Assessment test will not keep you from attending A&M University-Texarkana.  The tests are for placement purposes only.  If you do not meet the minimum requirements for one or more sections, you will be enrolled in an appropriate developmental course.


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