Testing Center

Room: S2101

Phone: 214-860-8571/8778

Monday & Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Website: mountainviewcollege.edu/testingcenter


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.

Who must assess?

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.

Exemptions for which a TSI assessment is not required:

A student will not need to assess if at least one of the following conditions is true:

  • SAT: A student has an SAT composite score of 1070, with a minimum of 500 in math and critical reading portions of test. Scores must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
  • ACT: A student has an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in the math and English portions of the test. Scores must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
  • TAKS: A student who has taken the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test in the 11th grade with a score of 2200 or higher in math, and a score of 2200 or higher in English/Language Arts, together with a score of 3 or 4 on the essay will be exempt from TSI assessment. An official TAKS score report which includes the essay score will be required. A test is required in the math area for placement into math classes.

Partial Exemptions:

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:

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Military exemption (certain restrictions apply)
  • Students transferring from out of state or private institutions (Official transcript must be brought to the TSI Office to determine if placement testing is required.)

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:

  • A student is enrolled in and following course work for a certificate program with fewer than 42 semester credit hours.
  • A student is enrolled only in job related courses. Status must be declared at the beginning of the semester.
  • A student is declared as non-degree seeking and is limited to courses not requiring prerequisites.

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.