The Texas Success Initiative
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is a program designed to assess students’ readiness for college-level work in reading, writing and mathematics and to provide information used to identify appropriate interventions that will improve the skills of student who are not prepared for college-level course work. These assessments include multiple-choice questions that are aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.
The TSI Assessments measure college readiness in reading, writing and math. Scores are used for college placement purposes. Examinees take a placement test of 20-25 items that produces a numeric scale score ranging from 310 to 390. Those students who do not score at the college-ready level on the math or reading placement test will take the diagnostic test in order to gain detailed information regarding the academic strengths and weaknesses of the student in that subject area. Students who score 350 or higher on the writing multiple-choice test or who score an NRS Level 4 on the ABE writing multiple-choice test will be asked to submit an essay.
Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. Students with a TSI Assessment exemption can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions. Students may be exempt if they:
- have met the minimum college readiness standard on SAT®, ACT or a statewide high school test;
- have successfully completed college-level English and math courses;
- have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours); Note: Pre-Requisites for courses within the certificate must be met.
- are not seeking a degree; and
- have been, or currently are, in the military.
For more information visit Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (See #1 and click on TSI/Exemptions.)
About the TSI
View the monthly Testing Center schedule on the right-side column for the complete schedule.
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