Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Education Code § 51.3062, Success Initiative, effective September 1, 2003, requires the University to assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The fee for the completion of the assessment instrument will be paid by the student.

Unless exempt (see below), 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

TSI Exemptions

The following students shall be either fully exempt, partially exempt, or temporarily exempt/waived from the requirements of the TSI:

  1. Full Exemption. The following students are exempt from the requirements of the TSI:
    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:
      1. ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and mathematics tests.
      2. 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; (administered prior to March 2016).
    2. 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:
      1. 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
      2. 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.
    3. 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 a Texas public institution of higher education.
    5. A student who has graduated with an associate degree from a regionally accredited private, independent, or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed appropriate college-level coursework as determined by the University.
    6. A student who transfers to A&M-Central Texas from a regionally accredited private, independent, or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in (a) mathematics, (b) writing, and (c) reading as indicated in Section 8 of the TSI Plan.
    7. A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and met TSI readiness standards by that institution in (a) mathematics, (b) writing, and (c) reading.
    8. 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
    9. 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 (3) years preceding enrollment.
    10. A non-degree seeking student; however, if a student later becomes degree-seeking, he or she will be required to meet TSI standards.
  2. Partial Exemption. The following students are exempt from one or more of the requirements of the TSI:
    1. Exempt from the mathematics requirements of the TSI:
      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 on a single administration of the test:
        • ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on mathematics test.
        • SAT: a combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on mathematics test (SAT administered prior to March 2016).
        • SAT: a minimum score of 530 on mathematics test (SAT administered March 2016 and after).
  3. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level TAKS with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section.
  4. A student who transfers to A&M-Central Texas from a regionally accredited private, independent, or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in mathematics, as indicated in Section 8 of the TSI Plan.
  5. A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and met TSI readiness standards by that institution in mathematics.
    1. Exempt from the writing requirements of the TSI:
      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 on a single administration of the test:
        • ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on English test.
        • SAT: a combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test (SAT administered prior to March 2016).
        • SAT: a minimum score of 480 on Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test (SAT administered March 2016 and after).
      2. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level TAKS with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English/Language Arts (ELA) section with a writing subsection score of at least 3.
      3. A student who transfers to A&M-Central Texas from a regionally accredited private, independent, or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in writing, as indicated in Section 8 of the TSI Plan.
      4. A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and met TSI readiness standards by that institution in writing.
    2. Exempt from the reading requirements of the TSI:
      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 on a single administration of the test:
        • ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on English test.
        • SAT: a combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test (SAT administered prior to March 2016).
        • SAT: a minimum score of 480 on Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test (SAT administered March 2016 and after).
      2. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Eleventh grade exit-level TAKS with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English/Language Arts (ELA) section with a writing subsection score of at least 3.
      3. A student who transfers to A&M-Central Texas from a regionally accredited private, independent, or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in reading, as indicated in Section 8 of the TSI Plan.
      4. A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and met TSI readiness standards by that institution in reading.
  6. Some of the TSI exemptions for enrollment in A&M-Central Texas are not accepted by the Teacher Education Council for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Please contact the A&M-Central Texas Education Preparation Services at (254) 519-5791 for additional information.

TSI assessment results and/or proof of exemption must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions before a student will be allowed to register for classes. To verify that your assessment results and/or proof of exemption have been received by A&M-Central Texas, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 254. 519.5438.