Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Compliance
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was set on September 1, 2003 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to determine College Readiness for all students entering public Texas institutions. Under this initiative, any student who does not meet TSI Compliance Standards is required to take the TSI Assessment to test for basic skills in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and/or Writing.
TSI Assessment scores are not used to determine admissions status; however, entering students must prove they are already compliant or pass the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college-level courses in any Texas public institution of higher education. Students that are not compliant or have not sent in documentation to prove compliance will have a TSI Compliance Not Met Hold on their account that prevents course registration.
Texas A&M University at Galveston offers the TSI Assessment from the College Board to determine college readiness according to the Texas Success Initiative. It is a fast and accurate determination of whether a student has the skills to begin with college-level courses or would benefit most from developmental education courses.
TAMUG students may choose to take the TSI Assessment at any college, university, or official testing center. The TSI Assessment is only offered once a month at TAMUG. The Galveston College Testing Center offers testing 6 days a week.
If you are an out-of-state student that cannot find an institution that offers the TSI Assessment, look for one that offers the ACCUPLACER by College Board and contact the Office of Academic Enhancement for Remote Proctor Instructions. Scores should be faxed to (409) 741-4344 or emailed to ACEN@tamug.edu.
The TSI Assessment has a Mathematics, Reading, and Writing section. The Writing section includes multiple-choice questions along with a WritePlacer written essay.
All students are required to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity prior to attempting the TSI Assessment. Students must certify that they have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity in Howdy BEFORE they register for the TSI Assessment at TAMUG.
To schedule the TSI Assessment at TAMUG, please fill out the TSI Assessment Registration Form below. The Office of Academic Enhancement will call to confirm receipt of the registration form along with a testing date, time, and instructions. The cost for each section of the assessment is $25.00 or as a whole for $60.00.
Questions about the TSI Assessment at TAMUG may be sent to ACEN@tamug.edu.