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Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) has been developed by the state legislature to ensure student success at institutions of higher learning. TSI requires that all incoming students enrolling at Texas public institutions of higher education be assessed to determine their level of college-readiness in Reading, Writing, and Math. There are four components of the program, which is designed to improve student-success:

  • A Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) completed before taking a test
  • A TSI assessment that must be taken prior to the registering for courses
  • Developmental programs designed to prepare students for college courses
  • And academic advising
Unless exempt, all students entering a Texas institution of higher education for the first time are required to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. The TSI assessment measures skills in mathematics, reading and writing. It is designed to determine whether students are ready to enroll in college level work.

Minimum passing score requirements are:

  • Mathematics: 350
  • Reading: 351
  • Writing: Essay Score of 5; Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

Different TSI Statuses:

    Proposed:
  • TSI Exempt
  • TSI Complete
  • TSI Not Complete
TSI Not Complete - attempted an approved TSI test and not passed one or more portions of the test. State law requires these students to enroll in approved developmental education for this section.

Test-based Exemptions that are good for five (5) years from date of taking the test:

  • SAT: a composite score of at least 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on mathematics section and/or the verbal section (will satisfy both TSI reading and writing requirements) shall be exempt from the corresponding sections.
  • ACT: a composite score of at least 23 with a minimum score of 19 on mathematics section and/or the verbal section (will satisfy both TSI reading and writing requirements) shall be exempt from the corresponding sections.
  • TAKS: an Eleventh grade exit level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) score of at least 2200 on the mathematics section and/or English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 shall be exempt from shall be exempt from the corresponding sections.

Other Exemptions:

    A Student who:
  • has attended any Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution (must provide documentation on official transcript)
  • has earned an associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • has transferred at least three semester credit hours college level coursework to UTSA from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education
  • is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard
  • is currently serving and has served for the last three years preceding enrollment as a member of a reserve component or the armed forces of the United States
  • was on or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired, or released from (1) active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard, or (2) service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States
  • are non-degree-seeking may enroll at UTSA maximum enrollment of 12 semester credit hours.

 

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