The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students enrolling in college level courses to be assessed academically to determine college readiness. BeginningAugust 26, 2013 (or first class day of college/university providing testing),the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to begin administering the New TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment. Students who have not met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements.
SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on critical reading shall exempt the reading and writing sections of TSI and 500 on Math shall exempt the math section of TSI.( College BoardConversion table for Redesigned SAT score exemption will be provided by the Coordinating Board).
ACT composite score of 23 with minimum of 19 on the English test shall exempt both reading and writing sections of TSI and/or 19 on math shall exempt math section of TSI
Student is exempt with high school exit level TAKS minimum scale scores of 2200 in Math and 2200 in English Language Arts with Writing sub-score of 3.
STAAR end-of-course with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall exempt the TSI Assessment required for reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall exempt the TSI Assessment required for the math section.
Associate's or Bachelor's degree (from a Texas public institution)
Student who will enroll in a certificate program of one year or less.
ESOL Waiver-an institution may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions.
Students who failed any portion of Accuplacer, Compass, THEA, or Asset previously will NEED to take ALL SECTIONS of the NEW TSI if they were not enrolled in a college level course/Dual Enrollment in August 2013
Students who have passed all three sections in either Accuplacer, Compass, THEA or Asset test will not need to retest in the New TSI if they were enrolled in a college level course/Dual Enrollment in August 2013.
Students who claim/claimed an exemption will not need to take the New TSI test.
Students must be given a Pre Assessment Activity (such as online modules, workshops or orientations) before he/she can take a test. Student will not be able to test until this requirement is fulfilled.
New TSI Test is untimed, average time span is about five hours.
Student may retake the TSI at any time, subject to availability.
If a student fails the retake, the TSI mandate recommends that the student receive tutoring or instructional materials to assist them in obtaining a passing score.