Texas Success Initiative (TSI)    

All incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine readiness for college-level work unless they meet a TSI exemption. Students will not be able to register for ANY courses until TSI scores or an exemption is received.

About TSI

The Texas Success Initiative
The Texas Success Initiative

The TSI is required by the Texas State Legislature for identifying and academically preparing students whose basic skills in reading, writing and/or mathematics may not be adequate to successfully complete college level courses.

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

All NON-EXEMPT incoming students are required to complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity and take the TSI Assessment test before registering for classes.

Check TSI Status

TSI Status
TSI Status

You can view your TSI status in Howdy. Howdy will indicate exempt, complete, or college ready if your TSI exemptions or college ready scores have been processed. 

You can view your TSI Status in Howdy via Howdy > "My Record" > "Grades and Transcripts" > "TSI and Core Curriculum"

TSI Information in Howdy

Check for TSI Exemptions

Send proper documentation for your exemptions to update your TSI status.

An official college transcript is required if you have completed any college level coursework.

TAKS and STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment scores may appear on your official high school transcript. Please email advising@tamug.edu if you would like to use these scores as an exemption, as these will need to be reviewed from your high school transcript.

Official college and high school transcripts must be sent to Texas A&M University using the following methods: 

  • Preferred: electronic transcripts sent by SPEEDE
  • Mail
  • Electronic transcripts sent by eSCRIP-SAFE, PARCHMENT, and National Student Clearinghouse

You must send your official SAT or ACT scores through the testing agency to Texas A&M University. 

Military DD-214 forms can be uploaded into your AIS portal. Please email advising@tamug.edu after uploading to have this reviewed for a TSI exemption.

Fill out the TSI Score Report Release Form to have your TSI scores retrieved from another institution.

Note that documents will take time to process, so do submit them early.

TSI Exemptions
TSI Exemptions
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 a 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″)

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 (Superscoring is not allowed)

  • 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.

GED

  • A minimum score of 165 on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test shall be exempt for mathematics
  • A minimum score of 165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) subject test shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)

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

HiSET

  • A minimum score of 15 on the Mathematics subtest shall be exempt for mathematics
  • A minimum score of 15 on the Reading subtest and a minimum score of 15 on the Writing subtest, including a minimum score of 4 on the essay, shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

Register for the TSI

You must take the TSI for the sections in which you do not meet an exemption. Note that beginning January 11, 2021, there are only two areas for the TSI: Math and English Language Arts Reading (ELAR). The TSI is available at most testing centers, online with Examity, or proctored through Zoom with TAMUG. Online options allow you to test at home in a quiet place. In addition, you can also check with your high school for TSI testing availability.

Online with Examity

You may use TSI proctoring online through Examity for a testing fee.

You will receive an email usually within two business days from Accuplacer with instructions to schedule an appointment with Examity.

In Person at a Testing Center

  • Find an official testing center near you that accepts voucher forms. You can call the testing center to verify acceptance of vouchers as some may have closed since COVID.
  • (Out of state students can contact CALS to find the nearest testing center accepting voucher forms in their state)
  • Fill in and submit the *application for a testing voucher
  • Complete mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity

You will receive an email usually within two business days from Accuplacer with instructions to schedule an appointment with your testing center.

Online TAMUG Zoom Testing

TAMUG will be hosting free online Zoom proctoring sessions the week of April 18th. Seating is limited.

You will receive an email from TAMUG a day or two before testing with a voucher number that will be used to take the exam.

If you do not receive a college ready score, 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.

If you have already completed the TSI, fill out the TSI Score Report Release Form to have your TSI scores retrieved from another institution.

Test Preparation Resources
Test Preparation Resources

Khan Academy

TSI Study App and Sample Questions

TSI Practice Test

TSI Review

TSIA2 Learning Resources 

TSIA2 score reports will have a Learning Locator™ code that can be used with the TSIA2 Learning Resources link above to help you improve your skills in weak areas. (For exams taken on or after January 11, 2021) These resources can also be used for test preparation.

TSI Assessment College Ready Scores
TSI Assessment College Ready Scores

If taken before January 11, 2021

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 you did not receive a college ready score in either Reading or Writing, you will be required to take the new ELAR exam, which contains both a reading and writing portion.

If taken on or after January 11, 2021

TSI Math: At least 950 OR Diagnostic level of 6
English Language Arts Reading (ELAR): At least 945 and at least 5 on the essay OR at least 5 on the essay with a Diagnostic level of 5 or 6

TSI Non-Compliant Requirements
TSI Non-Compliant Requirements

If you are not TSI Compliant, you cannot take the following TAMUG courses (excluding the required co-enrollment course, as detailed below)

TSI Math: Any MATH or CHEM courses
TSI ELAR: Any HIST, PSYC, POLS, or ENGL courses

Any students who are non-compliant in one or more areas are required to take the zero-credit developmental education course for that subject area. Additionally, a majority of students will be co-enrolled in a corresponding subject area course that will be credit bearing.

Developmental Education Courses

  • ASCC 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.
  • ASCC 004: Reading/Writing Connection - Designed for students whose Texas Success Initiative requirement for ELAR has 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.

Co-Enrollment Courses

Math non-compliant students are co-enrolled in MATH 140 if they are in a degree plan requiring MATH 140/141. Math non-compliant students are co-enrolled in MATH 150 if they are in a degree plan requiring MATH 147/151. Students who are non-compliant in ELAR are co-enrolled in an appropriate English, History, Psychology, or Political Science course.