TSI Assessment

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandate required for all incoming students to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and math. Unless you’re exempt, you’ll need to take it and report your score to UTSA before Orientation.

Why is TSI important?

Your TSI status will determine what level of courses you can register for. If you are exempt or have successfully passed all three sections of the TSI Assessment, you will be able to register for all entry-level college courses. However, if you failed to meet the minimum passing scores, you will be placed in remedial or developmental coursework, which is designed to prepare you for taking college-level courses in the areas you fell below the TSI minimum requirements.

How do I complete my TSI Requirement?

You can either:

Am I exempt?

Based on the criteria below, see which section of the TSI Assessment you may be exempt from: (M = Math, W = Writing, R = Reading)

Test Scores
You must request your SAT and ACT scores to be sent to the UTSA Admissions Office (ACT code: 4239, SAT code: 6919). Your TAKS or STAAR-EOC scores must be reflected on your official HS transcript submitted to UTSA. Scores are valid five years from the test date.
Exempt In:
ACT: 23 composite with minimum of 19 on both English and Math M W R
ACT: 23 composite score with minimum of 19 on English   W R
ACT: 23 composite score with minimum of 19 on Math M    
SAT: (as of March 1, 2016) with minimum of 480 on EBRW W R
SAT: (as of March 1, 2016) with minimum of 530 on math M
SAT: (prior to March 1, 2016): 1070 (verbal & math) with minimum of 500 on both verbal and math M W R
SAT: (prior to March 1, 2016): 1070 (verbal & math) with minimum of 500 on verbal   W R
SAT: (prior to March 1, 2016): 1070 (verbal & math) with minimum of 500 on math M    
STAAR-EOC score of Level 2, minimum, on both Algebra II EOC and English III EOC M W R
STAAR-EOC score of Level 2 on Algebra II EOC M    
STAAR-EOC score of Level 2 on English III EOC   W R
TAKS score of 2200 in both Math and English Language Arts and minimum of 3 in Writing M W R
TAKS score of 2200 in Math M    
TAKS score of 2200 in English Language Arts and minimum of 3 in Writing   W R
Earning College Credit in High School
For Dual-Credit, you must submit an official college transcript. For AP credit, you must submit your scores to UTSA (code: 6919) as well as accept your AP credits through your ASAP account. We recommend you meet with an academic advisor to review the policies regarding acceptance of AP credits towards your college courses, as it can affect receiving tuition rebates or certain financial aid.
Exempt In:
You successfully earned dual-credit in an entry college-level course in math M    
You successfully earned dual-credit in an entry college-level course in writing composition   W R
You successfully earned dual-credit in an entry college-level course in history, government or psychology     R
Score of 3 or above on AP Calculus Exam or on AP Statistics Exam M    
Score of 3 or above on AP English Language and Composition Exam   W R
Score of 3 or above on AP English Literature and Composition Exam     R
Score of 3 or above on AP Capstone (junior year and senior year)   W R
Score of 3 or above on AP Psychology Exam, AP History Exam or AP Political Science Exam     R
HB 5 College Preparatory Courses
Must submit official high school transcript with final grade of all college preparatory courses taken.
Exempt In:
You have successfully passed a college preparatory course in English Language Arts and it has been included on your HS transcript and received by UTSA   W R
You have successfully passed a college preparatory course in Math and it has been included on your HS transcript and received by UTSA M    
Transfer Status
Must submit an official college transcript showing any of the following statuses.
Exempt In:
You have an associate's degree from a Texas public institution of higher learning M W R
You have a bachelor’s degree from a Texas public institution of higher learning M W R
You have met TSI readiness standards by another Texas public institution of higher learning M W R
You are transferring from an accredited private, independent or out-of-state institution of higher education having satisfactorily completed college-level coursework M W R
Military Status
Must submit documentation proving any of the following statuses.
Exempt In:
You are currently serving active duty as a member of the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard or as a member of a reserve component for at least 3-year period preceding enrollment M W R
You've been honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty as a member of the US Armed Forces, Texas National Guard or as a member of a reserve component on or after August 1, 1990 M W R
Transient Student Status
Must submit documentation proving any of the following statuses.
Exempt In:
You are a non-degree seeking student earning fewer than 12 credit hours at UTSA M W R

Take the TSI Assessment at UTSA

  1. You must take the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) online before registering to take the TSI Assessment
  2. Once you've completed the PAA, login to your ASAP Account to register to take the TSI Assessment

UTSA has remote options if you can't make it to campus. Email Testing Services for instructions on how to schedule arrangements for the Remote TSI Assessment.

Send your TSI scores to UTSA

After taking both the PAA and TSI, go to our authorization link on ASAP, and fill out and submit the necessary information. There is a $20 fee for each request to download scores from another institution. You will be asked to give UTSA permission to download their scores by filling out the authorization form, which is located on ASAP, under the Student Services tab, in the Testing Services link.

Allow three business days for your request to be processed. Requests cannot be processed overnight, on holidays or weekends, so plan ahead and your scores should be in the student system for course registration.

What if I took the TSI Assessment and failed?

If you’ve taken the TSI Assessment but failed to meet the minimum passing scores, you will be placed in remedial or developmental coursework before being able to register and take certain entry-level college courses. In addition, you will be unable to self-register for classes on ASAP. You will be required to meet with a UTSA Academic Advisor to have your course schedules approved and to register for classes until you have successfully passed all remedial or developmental coursework. Please note, developmental education will not count toward any degree at UTSA. Students may, however, retake the TSI Assessment until they have successfully passed all sections. Please note there is a registration fee associated with each time you take the TSI Assessment.

Minimum passing scores on the TSI Assessments are:

  • Math Section: 350
  • Reading Section: 351
  • Writing Section: Essay Score of 5 or combined 363 and Essay Score of 4
I know I have an exemption but don't see Complete status, what do I do?

In order to assess if you meet any of the TSI exemption requirements, we must have one or more of following items. Please allow up to two weeks for UTSA to process documentation.

  • Test Scores - you must request your SAT, ACT and/or AP Exam scores to be submitted from their respective testing agencies.
  • Official High School Transcript - must reflect all STARR-EOC/TAKS scores as well as final grades for any college preparatory courses. College preparatory courses must have grade 75 or greater reflected for exemption.
  • Official College Transcript - must reflect any dual-credit, transferable credits with final grades or degrees earned.
  • Official Documentation - reflecting your military status, DD214 or official orders signed by Commanding Officer.
What classes requires TSI complete?

Your TSI status must be Complete in the respective sections to be able to register for many courses.

For more information on TSI, visit the UTSA Testing website.

WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I   W R
HIS 1043 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era     R
HIS 1053 United States History: Civil War Era to Present     R
HIS 2053 Texas History     R
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics     R
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society     R
POL 1213 Civil Rights in Texas and America     R
PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology     R
CSH 1103 Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I     R
CSH 1113 Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II     R
FRN 2333 French Literature in English Translation     R
GER 2333 German Literature in English Translation     R
ITL 2333 Italian Literature in English Translation     R
RUS 2333 Russian Literature in English Translation     R
MAT 1023 College Algebra M    
MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business M    
MAT 1043 Introduction to Mathematics M    
MAT 1073 Algebra for Scientists and Engineers M    
STA 1053 Basic Statistics M    
STA 1043 Intro to Statistical Reasoning M    

Questions? Contact the following office:

UTSA Testing Services

Email: testinfo@utsa.edu
Call:210-458-4125
Web: utsa.edu/testing

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