• What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment?

    The TSI Assessment is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless you meet an exemption criteria, to determine your readiness for college-level work. The TSI is also used for students taking dual credit. In the chart below, you can see the dual credit waivers available for dual credit students.

    TSIA 2 Passing Scores - ELAR

    A score in the range of 945–990 on the ELAR CRC Test and a score of at least 5 on the Essay Test or an ELAR CRC Test score below 945 and an ELAR Diagnostic Test score of 5 or 6 and an Essay Test score of 5 or higher.

    Additional Resources

    How to interpret your TSI2 scores

    TSI Exemptions (For students entering a Texas college)


    Composite: 23

    English: 19
    Mathematics: 19

    Students can receive a partial exemption for Math or Reading/Writing if the composite score is 23 and one of the ACT scores listed is met.

    SAT taken before March 2016

    Combined: 1070 with minimum score of 500 on both sections (verbal critical reading & math)

    SAT taken after March 2016

    EBRW: 480
    Mathematics: 530

    Successful completion of College Prep Math or College Prep English

    Passing grade in course

    This exemption is valid for 2 years from graduation date and for students attending a partner institution: NCTC or Collin College.

    *Students taking the course in LISD will have an opportunity to take a TSI test during the course


    TSI Waivers (For students taking a dual credit course)

    ACT, SAT

    See above Exemptions


    EBRW: 460
    Math: 510


    English II: 4000
    Algebra I: 4000 plus a grade of 70 or higher in Algebra II


    Composite: 23
    English: 19
    Mathematics: 19


    English: 435
    Math: 431

    Completion of previous college-level coursework

    Completion of dual enrollment or college-level course from an accredited institution of higher ed