The Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Prior to college enrollment, TSI requires students to complete an assessment to diagnose their basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing.
You will be required to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity prior to your initial TSI Assessment attempt. You must present proof of having completed the Pre-Assessment Activity prior to taking the TSI Assessment.
Students who are not exempt from TSI requirements must take the TSI Assessment. The TSI Assessment is designed to help the university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If your scores fall below the minimums listed below, the TSI Assessment will also help determine what type of intervention will best help you succeed.
The minimum TSI Assessment scores required to satisfy TSI requirements are
- Reading: 351
- Mathematics: 350
- Writing: Essay Score of 5 or Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363
The goal of the test is to provide detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses. It is comprised of multiple-choice questions and an essay section. The assessment is untimed and computer-adaptive, meaning that questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you respond. Once you have completed the assessment, your scores and information on your proficiency will be provided immediately.
Before beginning the TSI Assessment, each student must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity.