Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Compliance

The Texas Success Initiative

  • Is required by the Texas State Legislature for identifying and preparing academically those students whose basic skills in reading, writing and/or mathematics are less than what is required to succeed college level courses.

  • Requires continuous student participation in developmental education classes if that student is deficient in the academic areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics.

  • Requires all NON-EXEMPT incoming students to complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity and then to take the TSI Assessment test before registering for classes.

TSI Scoring and Exemption Standards

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 have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution; or
  • have previously attended any institution of higher education and have been determined to have met college 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 have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment; or
  • on or after August 1, 1990, were 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 on a temporary basis as a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student (must be classified as a “U0″ at TAMU)


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


SAT Administered Prior to March 2016

A student must first achieve a minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with:

  • At least 500 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 500 on critical reading for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

SAT Administered In or After March 2016

  • At least 530 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 480 on the evidenced-based reading and writing for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

ACT

A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with:

  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 19 on english for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
TAKS

  • A minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • 2200 in english language arts–with a writing sub-score of 3–for an exemption in reading and writing.

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

STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment

  • Algebra II – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in math
  • English III  – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in reading and writing

Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

TSI Assessment College Ready Scores:

TSI Math
At least 350
TSI Reading
At least 351
TSI Writing

At least 340 on the writing portion and at least  4 on the essay OR at least 5 on the essay with an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4

If not TSI Compliant, CANNOT take the following TAMUG courses:

TSI Math
You may not take any MATH or CHEM courses.
TSI Reading
You may not take any HIST, PSYC, POLS, or ENGL literature courses.
TSI Writing
You may not take any ENGL composition courses.

    

How to Become TSI Compliant

  1. Check the Howdy Portal to see if you are compliant.
  2. If you are not compliant, you are required to take the TSI assessment in the area(s) of non-compliance.
    1. Find an official testing center near you that accepts voucher forms
    2. Fill in and submit the *application for a testing voucher
    3. Complete mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity
  3. Take the assessment! TAMUG will automatically receive your scores

*Voucher application is needed only for testing centers that accept voucher forms. Email a copy of your score report or unofficial transcript to ACEN@tamug.edu if you are taking the TSI at another testing center.

Out of State TSI Testing

  1. Check the Howdy Portal to see if you are compliant.
  2. If you are not compliant, you are required to take the TSI assessment in the area(s) of non-compliance.
    1. Make an appointment with a testing center willing to administer the TSI through an online login
    2. Fill in and submit the testing proctor information form (ACEN will contact your designated proctor with instructions)
    3. Complete mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity
  3. Take the assessment! TAMUG will automatically receive your scores

If you do not pass, you are welcome to take the test as many times and as frequently as you would like. If you do not make the minimum required scores for each of the three sections before the beginning of  the semester, you will be placed into developmental education courses.

Developmental Education Courses

CAEX 001: BASIC MATH SKILLS
Developmental instruction in mathematics includes the integers, rational numbers, applications, exponents, polynomials, solutions of equations, graphing, elementary geometry, and reasoning skills. May not be used toward a degree. 

CAEX 004: READING/WRITING CONNECTION
Designed for students whose Texas Success Initiative requirements for reading and/or writing have not been met; develops additional reading and writing skills by emphasizing the interrelatedness between the two disciplines. May not be used for credit toward a degree.

For questions about your TSI Compliance please call (409) 741-4343

TSI Helpful Links

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TSI Sample Questions

TSI Practice Test

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