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Exemptions

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions

The following is the list of the exemptions from the Texas Success Initiative. UTSA honors any exemption granted for a transfer student by any other Texas public institution of higher education provided the exemption is listed on the student’s transcript.

Exemption based on SAT

Students who received on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) a combined critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on mathematics section shall be exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Students who received on the SAT a combined critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on critical reading test shall be exempt from both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Exemption based on ACT

Students who received on the American College Testing (ACT) assessment a composite score of at least 23 with a minimum score of 19 on the mathematics section shall be exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Students who received on the ACT a composite score of at least 23 with a minimum score of 19 on the English test shall be exempt from both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Exemption based on TAKS

Students who received on the Eleventh grade exit level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) a scaled score of at least 2200 on the mathematics section shall be exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Students who received on the Eleventh grade exit level TAKS a scaled score of at least 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subscore of at least 3 shall be exempt from both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Exemption based on the STAAR EOC

Students who perform on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course (EOC) assessment with a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Students who perform on the STAAR end-of-course assessment with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III EOC shall be exempt from both the reading and writing sections of the TSI assessment, if the test was taken within five years of enrolling at UTSA.

Other Exemptions

  • Students who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution of higher education are exempt from TSI.
  • Students who have satisfactorily completed at least three semester credit hours of transferable college level coursework at a private or independent institution of higher education or at an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education are exempt from TSI.
  • Students who are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard are exempt from TSI.
  • Students who are currently serving as, and for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, have served as members of the reserve component of the armed forces of the United States are exempt from TSI.
  • Students who on or after August 1, 1990, were honorable discharged, retired, or released from active duty as members of the armed forces of the United States or Texas National Guard, or from service as a member of the reserve component of the armed forces of the United States are exempt from TSI.
  • Students who are non degree-seeking may enroll at UTSA without taking a TSI approved assessment as long as the enrollment will not give them a total of more than 12 semester hours of credit at UTSA.