Texas College Entrance Exam
As of August 26, 2013, all students either entering a Texas state college or taking a dual credit course will be required to take the new Texas Success Initiative Exam (TSI). Previous TSI approved tests (Compass, Accuplacer, THEA and ASSET) are no longer accepted. A student is exempt from the TSI with a SAT minimum composite score of 1070, a 500 Critical Reading and a 500 Math. A student is exempt from the TSI with an ACT minimum composite score of 23, a 19 in English and a 19 in Math.
Are You Exempt?
TSI Exemptions / Waivers
Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt or partially exempt from taking an initial assessment test. In each case, the college or university must receive official proof in order to process the exemption. ACT, SAT or EOC scores must be part of the student's Texas State record. Official score reports must be submitted to the Office of Admissions (these scores may be submitted on your official high school transcript). Previous course work must have been transferred to the college or university.
► For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who performs at or above the following standards:
composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirements) and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt from those corresponding sections;
SAT Testing prior to March 1, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test (will exempt a student from both the reading and writing TSI requirements); a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test will exempt a student from the TSI mathematics requirements.
SAT Testing on or after March 2, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) will exempt a student from both the TSI reading and writing requirements; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test will exempt a student from the TSI mathematics requirements.
► For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student performs at or above the following standards:
*STAAR End of Course Exams (EOC):
4000+ (Level II) on the *English II (3) (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirement)
4000+ (Level II) on the *Algebra I (1) and successfully completed Algebra II with a passing score. (will satisfy the math TSI requirement)
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
an eleventh-grade exit-level TAKS score of 2200 or higher in Math(will satisfy the math TSI requirement)
an eleventh-grade exit-level TAKS score of 2200 or higher in English Language Arts AND a Writing subsection score of 3 (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirement)
► A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning whose accreditation is recognized by SACS(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
► 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).
► A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
► A non-degree seeking student.
► A student who is 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 has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
► A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was 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 United States.
► ESOL Waiver: Students with demonstrated limited English proficiency may receive a temporary waiver appropriate to ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions.
*Free online practice tests: http://ctle.hccs.edu/gcpass/tsipracticetests/tsipracticetests.htm
TSI Web-Based Study App www.tinyurl.com/qysmksc
*Free download of printable test questions:
*Free Reading Section review: http://sites.austincc.edu/tsiprep/reading-review/
*Free Writing Section review: http://sites.austincc.edu/tsiprep/writing-review/
*Free Math Section review:
*Free practice tests: