TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (TSI)
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.
TSI Exemptions (For students entering a Texas college)
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
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)
See above Exemptions
English II: 4000
Algebra I: 4000 plus a grade of 70 or higher in Algebra II
Completion of previous college-level coursework
Completion of dual enrollment or college-level course from an accredited institution of higher ed
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.