The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules require that all students in Texas public colleges and universities complete the TSI Assessment. The purpose of the TSI Assessment is to determine a student’s degree of college readiness.
All students seeking an Associate’s Degree and certificate programs that are 43 semester credit hours or more are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless exemptions are met. Certificate programs with less than 43 semester credit hours and requiring Math and/or Writing will require a student to take certain parts of the TSI Assessment as a prerequisite, unless exemptions are met.
Before a student can take the TSI Assessment, the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity must be completed.
To register for the TSI Assessment, please see the cashier’s office in the Beeson Building to pay for the exam. You must bring your receipt and Testing Center Exam Form to the Testing Center in Building T1 Room 106. There are three sections for the TSI Assessment: Reading, Writing (with essay) and Math. The TSI Assessment is untimed; however most examinees take 4-6 hours for all three sections. If you cannot finish in one day, you may complete exam within 14 business days of beginning assessment. Retests are allowed with no limit or waiting period. For additional information, call the Testing Center at 409-839-2027 or email
- A graduate with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
- A student who transfers from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level course work of at least 6 equivalent credit hours (three algebra, three designated writing/reading course ) with a grade of “C” or better.
- Partial Exemption: at least three credit hours of College Algebra exempts from the developmental math requirement, at least three College hours of approved designated reading/writing classes exempts from developmental reading AND developmental writing.
- Transfer from any public Texas institution of higher education with completed requirements for Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Transcript must be evaluated by the transcript evaluator.
- 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. Documentation is required.
- 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 armed forces of the United States.
- 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.
- ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Scores are valid for five years.
- SAT: For scores prior to March 2016, a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. For scores March 2016 and after, a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score needed. Scores are valid for five years.
- TAKS (exit-level) - 2200 in Math and/or 2200 in English/Language Arts (ELA) with a Writing sub score of at least 3. Scores are valid for
- STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of 4000 on Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of 4000 on Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section. Scores are valid for five years.
- Rules related to the Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 28.014, College Preparatory Course (CPC), Rule 4.54 Exemptions, Exceptions, and Waivers:
A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code 28.014 is exempt for a period of 12 months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education (We highly recommend the first semester). This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.
- Click here to view TSI exemptions at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.
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