Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The State of Texas requires all incoming undergraduate students to demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics as defined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program. Most incoming transfer students meet minimum TSI requirements through exemption, prior college coursework, or they have previously passed the TSI assessment, so no further demonstration of college readiness is required. While not a requirement for admission, transfer students entering A&M-Central Texas who do not meet TSI requirements will be advised by college academic advisors in regard to which entry-level course(s) may still need to be completed at another institution.

General TSI Exemptions

Students may be exempt from all (Math, Reading, and Writing) TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:

Prior TSI Exemption

Students who have previously attended any institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness.

Degree Holder

Students are exempt in all TSI areas if an associate or baccalaureate degree is held from an institution of higher education.

Military

  • Students are exempt in all TSI areas if serving on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard.
  • Students are exempt in all TSI areas if currently serving as a member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and having served for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
  • Students are exempt if honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard, or have served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Non-Degree Seeker

Students are exempt if considered a non-degree seeking and/or visiting student. Students who later become a degree-seeking student will be required to meet TSI standards.

Exemption by Prior College Credit

Math, Reading, and Writing: Students transferring in college-level courses from another institution of higher education who have achieved a “C” may be exempt from taking the TSI assessment in one or more areas. Undergraduate Admissions will review upon receipt of official transcripts.

Exemption by Test Scores

AP Credit (Score of 3 or higher)

  • Math: Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Statistics
  • Reading: English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Comparative Government and Politics; European History; Human Geography; Psychology; United States Government and Politics; United States History; World History
  • Writing: English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition

ACT

  • Math: Composite 23 and Math 19
  • Reading: Composite 23 and English 19
  • Writing: Composite 23 and English 19

SAT

  • Math: Composite 1070 and Math 500
  • Reading: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500
  • Writing: Composite 1070 and Critical Reading/Verbal 500

TAKS

  • Math: Math 2200
  • Reading: ELA 2200 and writing essay score 3
  • Writing: ELA 2200 and writing essay score 3

STAAR

  • Math: End-of-course score of level 2 on Algebra II
  • Reading: End-of-course score of level 2 on English III
  • Writing: End-of-course score of level 2 on English III

TSI Assessment

Unless exempt (see above), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires that, prior to enrollment, each student must be assessed in three skill areas (reading, writing, and mathematics) by taking the TSI examination and achieving the following scores:

  • Math: College Ready if ≥ 350
  • Reading: College Ready if ≥ 351
  • Writing: Placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least a 4; or, a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5