The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment is a Texas state program developed to help universities and colleges determine the preparedness of applicants for their college-level courses. The TSI exam measures proficiency in the academic fields of mathematics, reading, and writing.
All students in the Texas public college system are required to sit for the TSI exam (also referred to as the Texas Student Initiative Assessment or TSIA) unless they qualify for TSI exemption. High school students may be exempt from taking the TSI exam if they meet specific requirements.
The TSI Assessment is measuring students’ weaknesses and strengths in reading, writing, mathematics, and statistics and will indicate to what extent they are ready to be successful in college-level academic courses.
TSI Assessment results, together with a student’s academic background, interests, and goals are used by academic counselors and advisors to place students in appropriate courses that will match their skill levels.
Before students can take the TSI exam, they must sit for the Pre-Assessment Activity, provided by colleges and universities. Students cannot take the TSI exam if they didn’t take the TSI pre-assessment activity.
There is no passing or failing the TSI Assessment. Based on their performances, students either enroll in college-level academic courses that match their skill levels or need to follow interventions or college readiness coursework to improve their skills and knowledge level so they will be prepared for success in college-level academic courses.
The TSIA’s individual score report is indicating students’ scores in the fields of reading, writing, and mathematics and is used for appropriate college course placement. See also: TSI Study Guide
To qualify for enrollment in college-level courses, the following scores are required on the TSI Assessment:
- The score on the Reading part must be at least 351
- On the Writing section, students must have a least a score of 340 and 4+ on the essay or attain a score of less than 340 but have at least an ABE Diagnostic level score of 4 with an essay score of no less than 5.
- The passing score on the Math section is 350. For free TSI Math practice tests check out this page.
- More information is listed below:
Students who score sufficient results are college-ready and may enroll in related entry-level college courses without the need to take interventions or developmental courses. Students are considered college-ready (TSI met/complete) if they have received at least the following scores:
Mathematics: A TSI score in the 350–390 range (multiple-choice).
Reading: A TSI score in the 351–390 range (multiple-choice).
Writing: two ways:
1. A TSI score in the 340–390 range on the Writing multiple-choice part AND at least a 4-score on their essay OR
2. A TSI a score in the 310–339 range on the Writing multiple-choice part AND at least a 4, 5, or 6-score on the ABE Diagnostic Test part AND at least a 5-score on their essay. All three requirements must be met!
How to find my TSI scores
Once students have completed the TSI Assessment, they’ll have access to their individual score reports immediately so they can see their test results and scoring details immediately. They can use the score report to learn all about their academic strengths and weaknesses and what areas require improvement.
School counselors, advisers, and/or faculty members also use these score reports to come up with optimal recommendations for interventions or prerequisite courses that match a student’s individual needs. So TSI Assessment scores are available immediately upon completion. Students will receive unofficial copies of their TSI scores via email. Learn more about the TSI exam here.