Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

The TSI Assessments measure college readiness in reading, writing, and math. The scores are used for college placement purposes. Examinees take a placement test of 20-25 items per section, which produces a numeric scale score ranging from 310 to 390. Those students who do not score at the college-ready level (see cut scores below) on the math or reading placement test will take the diagnostic test in order to gain detailed information regarding the academic strengths and weaknesses of the student in that subject area. Only students who score 350 or higher on the Writing multiple-choice test or who score an NRS Level 4 on the ABE Writing multiple choice test will be asked to submit an essay. The Writing multiple-choice test must always be administered in conjunction with the essay, except in re-test scenarios.

If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless you are already exempt, in order to determine your readiness for college–level work. For more information about Texas A&M University-Central Texas enrollment requirements and to determine if you are exempt from taking the TSI Assessment, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions webpage.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions TSI Page

Scores and Developmental Resources

Shown below are the college-readiness cut scores approved by the Texas Coordinating Board:

  • Math: 350
  • Reading: 351
  • Placement score of  at  least 340 and  an essay score of at least a 4; or, a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5

Entering college students are required to take the TSI Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and WritePlacer® placement tests, and those who do not meet the approved college-readiness cut scores are required to take either the TSI DE diagnostic tests or the ABE diagnostic tests depending on their placement test score.

If you do not meet the cut scores mentioned above and do not meet any of the exemption requirements, you can do the following:

  • Re-take the test(s) until you reach the passing score(s).
  • Contact the Undergraduate Academic Advising to help you develop an academic plan. It may be necessary for you to take a lower-level course at a 2 year undergraduate college to meet TSI requirement(s).

Preparing for the TSI Assessment

The College Board offers several free and paid TSIA learning tools that are designed to help students focus in areas where their academic performance may need improvement. For more information about the TSI exam and to access study tools and a free Study App please visit their website.

Visit the College Board Website

To Schedule an Exam

Step 1 Complete Online Request

Fill out the online request form. All testing requests need to be submitted at least 5 business days before the day of the test. If submitted in less than 5 business days, the Testing Center cannot guarantee the administration of your exam.

Complete the Online Request Form

Step 2 Complete Pre-Assessment Activity Form

Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity by clicking on the link below.

Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity

Step 3 Pay Administration Fee

There is a $25 administration fee for the TSI exam. The fee must be paid at the Business Office, room 108C in Founders Hall between 8am & 5pm, Monday - Friday or by calling the Business Office at (254) 519-5455.

Step 4 Take the Exam

Arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time with a photo ID (see below) and your receipt for payment.

Accepted Forms of Photo ID

  • Current Driver License
  • Current State Issued ID
  • Current Student ID
  • Current Passport
  • Current Military ID