Do I have to take a TSI Exam?
Students who do not meet one of the following exemptions must take the TSI Assessment prior to taking Dual Credit courses.
You may be exempt from taking the TSI Assessment if you have:
- ACT scores: English = 19, Math = 19, Composite = 23
- SAT scores: Reading and Writing = 480, Math = 530
- STAAR end-of-course (EOC): minimum score of Level 2 on English III exempts reading and writing (minimum scale score 2000), minimum score of Level 2 on Algebra II exempts math (minimum scale score 4000).
- PSAT (Taken after October 15, 2015) English = 460, Math = 510
- an Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited Texas public institution
- transferred to school from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by your school
- previously attended any institution and been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution
- Military (U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, member of reserve component of armed forces)
- have been serving on active duty at least 3 years preceding enrollment or,
- were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990
*ACT/SAT scores not older than 5 years and from same test date. TAKS scores not older than 5 years. Partial exemptions are allowed.
Do I have to take all 3 parts of the exam? What are the passing standards?
Students must test only in areas not exempted or deemed not college ready. Every student is required to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSI Assessment.
The passing standards are as follows:
Reading - 351
Math - 350
Writing - 340 - 390 Multiple Choice and an Essay of 4+ OR a score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, AND an essay score of at least 5
*The test is un-timed. Students cannot bring calculators - they'll only be allowed to use the calculator app provided by the test. Students may retest at any time. However, between testing sessions, students MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF PREPARATION for the re-test. This can be in the form of online test prep or in-person tutoring. Visit here for the official PROOF OF PREPARATION form. The test is un-timed.
What happens if I do not pass all sections?
We recommend that you study using the TSI Testing Support and preparation below, or use Khan Academy SAT prep. Even waiting to take it again in the second semester of Algebra II is recommended. You can attend TSI tutorials and retake the sections you did not pass on the TSI. You must enroll in TSI tutorials every semester (Fall/Spring) until you clear Reading and Writing and/or Math sections of TSI depending on the dual credit course you want to enroll in. Passing all the TSI sections (Reading, Writing and Math) is called being TSI Complete. Being TSI Complete should be the goal of all students that are not exempt from taking the TSI.
Which developmental courses do I enroll in?
If you have not passed TSI requirements to enroll in college level Math and English courses after high school graduation, you need to enroll in course-based or non-course-based developmental education. These are non-credit bearing courses and are not calculated in your GPA.