Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Compliance

WELCOME TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, NEW AGGIE! Now that you have decided that the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus is the school for you and to insure that your new experience will be the best it can be, there are a few details that you should understand before registering for classes. One of these details is the TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (TSI).

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 in college level courses

  • Requires any NON-EXEMPT incoming student  to complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity and then to take the TSI Assessment before registering for classes

  • Requires continuous student participation in Developmental Education classes if that student is determined deficient in the academic areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics based on TSI Assessment scores

TSI Assessment scores are not used to determine admissions status; however, all entering students must submit information to prove they are TSI compliant or take the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college-level courses in any Texas public institution of higher education. Students that are not TSI 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 at TAMUG.

You can find the mandatory TSI Pre-assessment Activity (including practice test) on either the "Applicant" or "My Record" tab on the Howdy Portal. You will need to activate your NetID and then login to Howdy to access the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity. 


What are the minimum TSI Compliance standards?
View TSI Compliance Standards

How can I check my TSI Compliance status at TAMUG?
Students can check compliance status on their Howdy Portal.
View Howdy Portal Instructions

What should I do if I meet the minimum standards?
Official exam scores or documents that contain information that pertains to TSI Compliance should be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the TAMUG Admissions and Records Office to be added to the student's official record.

Mail: Enrollment Services, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 
      P.O. Box 1675, Galveston TX 77553-1675
Fax: (409) 740-4731
E-mail: admissions@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 741-4315
Hand Delivery: Enrollment Services, Admissions and Records Office, Sea Aggie Center, Bldg 3026

What should I do if I do not meet the minimum standards?
Students who have not met TSI Compliance standards in math, reading, or writing, should schedule to take the assessment as soon as possible. Please allow time to study and prepare for the assessment. Please note that until TAMUG has received TSI Assessment scores to evaluate, a student will be blocked from course registration.

Do I need to take the TSI test if I live out of state?
Every student is required by Texas State Law to be TSI compliant. If you are an out-of-state student and do not meet any of the TSI compliance standards, you will be required to take the TSI Assessment.
View TSI Compliance Standards 

How can I take the TSI Assessment?
Students may take the TSI Assessment at any official college/university testing center. However you will require a remote proctor voucher. The application for a remote proctor voucher is linked below. Please fill-in, save, and return the application via email to acen@tamug.edu. The Office of Academic Enhancement will then generate the voucher and email confirmation. However, it is the student’s responsibility to find a testing site and schedule a testing day and time. Prior to taking TSI Assessment(s), you are required to complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity in Howdy.
TSI Remote Proctor Voucher Application 

Once your test is completed, please send scores to acen@tamug.edu. The Office of Academic Enhancement will then process and send confirmation of your scores being entered. If you have any questions about the testing process, please contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at acen@tamug.esdu or (409) 741-4344.

How do I find the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity?
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 can register for the TSI Assessment at TAMUG.  
Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity & Certification in Howdy Instructions
TSI Assessment Sample Questions
TSI Assessment WritePlacer Sample Essays

What scores do I need to make on the TSI test to pass?
                          TSI Assessment College-Readiness Cut-Score Ranges
Reading: 351-390
Writing: 5 on Essay   or  363-390 + 4 on Essay
View how to interpret your score 

What if I do not earn a passing score on one or more sections of the TSI Assessment?
Students who have tested, but have not attained the established minimum scores on one or more sections of the assessment are required by Texas Law to re-take the TSI tests or be enrolled in a formal program for skills development. Assigned skills must be completed as a condition for enrollment.
View information on Developmental Education courses

For additional questions about the TSI Assessment at TAMUG please call (409)741-4343 or e-mail ACEN@tamug.edu