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TSI - Texas Success Initiative


What is the TSI??

The Texas Success Initiative

  • Is required by the Texas State Legislature for identifying and preparing academically those students whose basic skills in reading, writing and/or mathematics are less than what is required to succeed in college level courses.
  • Requires all NON-EXEMPT incoming students to complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then to take the TSI Assessment test before registering for classes.

About the TSI Assessment    Students who need to show college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics will take the TSI Assessment.  The TSI Assessment is aligned to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.  It offers both placement testing as well as detailed diagnostic profiles of students’ college readiness and/or adult basic education levels.

Testing Time    The math test takes approximately 1 hour to complete, the reading test takes approximately 1 hour to complete, and the writing test takes approximately 2 hours to complete. You will need to schedule your testing session with the test times in mind to ensure you have enough time to complete the test(s). 

Passing Scores ( based on a scale of 310-390; Essay 1-8)





6, 7 or 8 on the essay, or

4 or 5 on the essay and 340 or higher on the multiple-choice section, or

4 or 5 on the essay with less than 340 on the multiple-choice section, if the ABE Diagnostic score is 4 or higher



Retests   There is no waiting period before retesting. 

No Electronic Devices  Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing room.  You may not use a hand-held calculator; the test will give you a pop-up calculator on the problems that allow calculator use.

Exemptions for TSI:


  • a minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math (no combined score required)
  • a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing (no combined score required)


A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with:

  • at least a 19 on math for an exemption in math and/or
  • at least a 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing

Ready to Schedule Your Test?

Step 1: Click here to complete your Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

This online activity is required in Texas and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. When logging in, it is important to use a valid email address; entering your ID number is optional. Please bring a copy or digital image of your emailed confirmation letter/certificate to your testing session.

Step 2: See Mrs. Lowrey to sign up for scheduled test sessions

Sources: Grayson College and Texas A & M Univeristy




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