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The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a statewide program designed to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities have the basic academic skills needed to be successful in college-level course work. The TSI requires assessment, remediation (if necessary), and advising of students who attend a public college or university in the state of Texas. The program assesses a student's basic academic skills in reading, writing, and math.
All students planning to enroll in college-level courses must assess with an approved alternative test of the THEA Test prior to enrolling in any college-level course work.
A student will not need to assess if at least one of the following conditions is true:
SAT and ACT: may be used for partial exemptions. The composite score must meet the exemption level standard of 1070 for SAT and 23 for ACT. The area exempt must be 500 for reading and math portions of the SAT and 19 or higher for math and English on the ACT.
TAKS: An exemption in reading and writing based on the ELA (English Language/Arts) score together with the essay score will exempt a student from assessment in reading and writing. However, an exemption in the math area will require placement testing.
Exemptions which may require placement testing:
Temporary waivers (Students enrolling in courses requiring prerequisites must test or show proof of prerequisites in order to enroll.)
The following situations allow students to have a waiver from assessment:
Note: Prerequisite requirements override waivers and exemptions.
All courses in the core curriculum, except math and other academic courses require TSI standards be met in reading. TSI met standards as well as the higher college level standards in math and writing have been adopted for certain core and academic courses. In order to determine if TSI standards and prerequisite requirements have been met for specific courses, it is important to speak with the TSI Coordinator, TSI Advisor or an Academic Advisor.