Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

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If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt — to determine your readiness for college-level work.

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.

TSI Exemption
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

  • 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.

How to Become TSI Compliant

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.

How to complete the assessment:

  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.
  • Find an official testing center near you that accepts voucher forms
    (Out of state students can contact the SLC 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 may also have your TSI proctored online through Examity for a testing fee by filling out the application for a testing voucher and entering “Examity Online Proctor” for the Testing Site and Testing Site Campus. Review the Examity website for technology and other requirements.
  1. Take the assessment! TAMUG will automatically receive your scores

TSI Testing Online:

You may use TSI proctoring online through Examity for a testing fee by filling out the application for a testing voucher and entering "Examity Online Proctor" for the Testing Site and Testing Site Campus. Review the Examity website for technology and other requirements.

If you have been unable to test and if testing centers have not opened, TAMUG will be hosting online Zoom proctoring sessions a week prior to new student conferences. Students who are not TSI compliant two weeks prior to their new student conference, will receive email communications to their tamu email address about registration for TSI online proctoring.




*Voucher application is needed only for testing centers that accept voucher forms. Email a copy of your score report to SLC@tamug.edu if you are taking the TSI at another testing center. You may also ask for score reports to be retrieved from another institution by filling out the TSI Score Report Release Form.

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
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 Reading: Any HIST, PSYC, POLS, or ENGL Literature courses
TSI Writing: Any ENGL Composition 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 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.

Co-Enrollment Courses

For all students who are non-compliant in Math and are in a degree plan requiring MATH 140/141, the student will be co-enrolled in MATH 140. For all students who are non-compliant in Math and are in a degree plan requiring MATH 147/151, the student will be co-enrolled in MATH 150. For students who are non-compliant in Writing, the student will be co-enrolled in ENGL 104. For students who are non-compliant in Reading, they will be co-enrolled in an appropriate History, Psychology, or Political Science course.

Test Preparation Resources

Contact Info


Seibel Learning Center
Phone: (409) 741-4343
Fax: (409) 741-4344
Email: SLC@tamug.edu

Location:
MAIN Building (Bldg. 3034)
2nd Floor, Office Suite 206

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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