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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)


WHY DO STUDENTS HAVE TO TAKE THE TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE EXAM?
The TSI requires Texas public institutions of higher education to assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. Students may receive a "College Ready" status as seen on their ASAP student account if they have met score requirements for the ACT, SAT, or TAKS and have those scores on file with UTSA. If the students receive a "Not College Ready" status, it could be due to incomplete or missing scores at UTSA, or because those scores on file did not meet the minimum requirements. If the student has a "Not College Ready" status, then Texas State Law requires students to be assessed in the areas of deficiency, either: mathematics, reading and writing, or the subject area showing the deficiency.

Students must check their own account information and are responsible for requesting updated transcripts or test scores from other institutions. To check your current TSI status on ASAP, click here.


For a chart of available TSI Exemptions based on ACT, SAT, or TAKS scores, click here.

 

HOW IS COLLEGE READINESS ASSESSED?
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved the following assessment to be used in determining a student's college readiness:

*TSI Assessment

New TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)

The PAA must be completed online through BlackBoard Learn. For full printable directions, click here.

*All first-time freshman who are Not College Ready are required to take the Pre-Assessment Activity prior to registering for their TSI Assessment.
All 4 parts listed are required by law as a Pre-Assessment Activity which must be completed prior to TSI Assessment registration.
1. TSI Informational Brochure
2. TSI Sample Questions
3. TSI Sample Essays
4. Resources & Information

Students must complete their PAA online prior to testing registration. Registration for the TSI Assessment may be done online through ASAP after completion has been determined by the Testing Services Office.

*Any student who is required to take the TSI Assessment for the first time must take a Pre-Assessment Activity. Contact Testing Services for more information and how to access your Pre-Assessment Activity prior to attending your first test session. For full printable directions, click here.

 

WHO MUST TAKE A TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE Assessment?
Any full or part-time student in a public community college or university in Texas who is not exempt.

 

WHEN MUST STUDENTS TAKE THE TSI ASSESSMENT IF NOT EXEMPT?
BEFORE CLASS REGISTRATION, students who are required to attend Orientation need to take the TSI Assessment and have scores back prior to attending Orientation.

 

WHO IS EXEMPT?
Students shall be exempt from the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative who meet or exceed the following criteria:
(note: some of the exemptions are full and others are partial exemptions only)

· ACT - composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (ACT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of test.) Note that the English test covers the TSI areas of reading and writing and the Mathematics test covers the TSI area of mathematics.

· SAT - combined Critical Reading and Mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on Critical Reading and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (SAT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.) Note that the Critical Reading content covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics content covers the TSI area of Mathematics.

· TAKS (exit-level) – 2200 in mathematics and 2200 in English/Language Arts (ELA) with a subscore of at least 3. Students who do not meet the exemption criteria in all areas will need to take a TSI approved exam in the areas they did not meet the exemption criteria. Note that the English/Language section covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics section covers the TSI area of Mathematics. (Valid for 5 years.)

· A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

· A student who transfers to UTSA from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by this institution.

· A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have meet readiness standards at that institution. 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 for at least a three-year period preceding enrollment.

· 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 service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

· A student who is non-degree seeking.

 

WHAT ARE PASSING SCORES FOR THE APPROVED TSI ASSESSMENT?

Subject
Score
Course Level
Math 310 - 324 MAT 0203
325 - 339 MAT 0213
340 - 349 MAT 0213 or NCB OPTION
350 - 390 Entry Level Math*
Reading 310 - 335 WRC 0203
336 - 350 WRC 0203 or NCP OPTION
351 - 390 Entry Level Reading
Writing 310 - 335** WRC 0203
336 - 362** WRC 0203 or NCP OPTION
363 - 390** WRC 1013

* MAT 1023, 1033, 1043, 1073, STA 1043 & 1053. Students who meet a score of 350 or higher on the Math section are also eligible for the New Calculus Math Placement Exam to register for Pre-Calculus or Calculus their first semester.

** A student scoring 5 on the essay test or a 4 on the essay test and at least 363 on the multiple choice test has satisfied the TSI Assessment standard in writing and may enroll in entry-level writing courses.

 

WHAT IF A STUDENT DOESN’T PASS ONE OF THE SECTIONS OF THE TSI ASSESSMENT?
If the student does not pass one or more of the sections of the TSI Assessment, the student may choose to retest at any time.

 

HOW DO YOU REGISTER FOR THE TSI ASSESSMENT?
TSI Assessment test registration can be accomplished for UTSA students by logging onto your ASAP account. You must be a UTSA student and have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity in order to register for a TSI Assessment at UTSA.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE TSI ASSESSMENT COST AND HOW CAN I PAY?
The TSI Assessment test fee is $32 and is charged to a student's UTSA account after taking the exam. Payment may be made online by logging onto your ASAP account or in person at the Fiscal Services Office in the John Peace Library after the exam.


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