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Testing Requirements

TSI Exemptions and other approved scores for Dual Credit 

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state program designed to help colleges and universities determine students’ preparedness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The TSI program is designed to promote the success of students in college by assessing students’ academic skills through a state approved examination called the TSI Assessment.

All students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment unless the student qualifies for a TSI exemption. In addition, high school students can be waived from taking the TSI Assessment by submitting approved placement scores, typically taken in the 10th grade, for 11th grade Dual Credit eligibility. A high school student may be exempt orwaived from taking the TSI Assessment by meeting one of the following requirements.

A high school student is waived from taking TSI Assessment and eligible for 11th or 12th grade Dual Credit enrollment by meeting one the requirements below:

    1. SAT: If the test date is after 3/5/16, a student has an SAT score of 480 or higher critical reading and 530 or higher on the math portions of the test. Test score must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
    2. ACT: A student has an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in both the math and English portions of the test. Scores must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
    3. STAAR (EOC): ENGLISH II, Level 2, 4000, ALG I, Level 2 (4000)  with successfully passing High School AlG II  
    4. PSAT/NMSQT: PSAT/NMSQT combined score of 107 (achieved by adding the math and critical reading scores) with a minimum of 50 on the critical reading and/or mathematics test(s) relevant to the courses to be attempted.
    5. PLAN: PLAN composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in Mathematics and English relevant to the courses to be attempted.
    6. Level-One Certificate: A student may be TSI exempt to enroll in eligible Level One certificate workforce education dual credit courses in the eleventh or twelfth grade.
    7. Homeschooled, Private, or Charter School students may take the TSI Assessment at the college in lieu of the above assessments. See information below. 

TSI Assessment- Another Option

If a high school student is not TSI waived from taking the assessments above, then the student will be required to take the TSI Assessment. High school students awarded partial TSI waivers or placement based upon sections of STAAR EOC, SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN may be required to take sections of the TSI Assessment relevant to course selections. For example, if a student did not meet the Math score, he/she may take the TSI assessment at the college. 

The TSI Assessment is divided into three component areas for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Based upon course selections for Dual Credit and after completing the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), the student may be asked to take the TSI Assessment in each component area. Where necessary, the student may be given an additional diagnostic test in a particular subject area. The TSI Assessment is designed to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses.

A high school student is eligible to enroll in Dual Credit with the following TSI Assessment Scores:

Reading: score of at least 351
Writing: score of 340 and essay score of at least 4; OR score of 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and an essay score of at least 5
Math: score of at least350

The TSI state assessment is offered at Grayson College. There is a Pre-Assessment required. Click here for the Testing Center schedule and information. Once a student takes the TSI assessment at the college, he/she should notify