Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
TSI Testing Schedule
The TSI Assessment test is administered at each TSTC West Texas location on a variety of schedules. Check with the Counseling and Testing Office for specific dates and times. The TSI Assessment is the only TSI approved test.
Special test accommodations are made for students with disabilities if such accommodations are requested on or before the appropriate application and registration deadlines. Contact the Counseling and Testing Office for more information.
The following table provides the minimum "college ready" scores on the approved TSI test, the TSI Assesment.
Students with disabilities will take a test approved for TSI purposes with appropriate accommodations.
Non-College Ready Scores
Students who test below the minimum passing standards will be assigned to an individual TSI plan which will provide specific course and/or non-course activities for completing TSI requirements.
There are no restrictions on the number of times students may retake a TSI-approved test in order to achieve passing scores. However, it is in students’ best interest to complete the developmental education program or activity specified on their individual TSI plans for the sections of the test they have failed before they retake the test.
Students who do not achieve "college ready" scores on the TSI-approved test on their first attempt, may satisfy requirements for each skill area in reading, writing and mathematics with any of the following methods:
1. Complete the capstone developmental education course with a grade of C or better for a specific skill area. The capstone developmental education courses are:
2. Re-test on a TSI-approved test in a specific skill area and achieve a passing score. Contact the Counseling and Testing Office for information on specific college procedures and schedules for testing and re-testing.
3. Complete the specific developmental activity prescribed on the individual student TSI plan.
TSI Test Exemptions
Exemptions: qualified student can enroll in entry-level credit bearing coursework without further testing or other demonstration of college-readiness
The following students shall be exempt from the requirements of this title, whereby exempt students shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness and shall be allowed to enroll in any entry-level freshman course:
(1) For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:
(A)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;
(B)SAT: 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; or
(2) For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test.
(3) For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:
(A) on the Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections; or
(B)STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of 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 Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
(4) A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
(5) A student who transfers to an institution 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-levelcoursework as determined by the receiving institution.
(6) A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readinessstandards by that institution.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(b)An institution may exempt a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.
(c)ESOL Waiver--An institution may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment required under this title for students with demonstrated limited English proficiency in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions. The waiver must be removed prior to the student attempting 15 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework or attempting entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first, at which time the student would be administered the TSI Assessment. Funding limits as defined in Texas Education Code, §51.3062(l) (1) and (2) for developmental education still apply.
(d) Any student who has been determined to be exempt in mathematics, reading, and/or writing under subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the corresponding area of exemption Testing and remediation policies are subject to change without notice. Contact the Counseling and Testing Office for more information.