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TSI Information

You must submit college readiness scores or proof of exemption/waiver as part of your application. If you need to take the TSI Assessment to determine your college readiness, complete the online TSI preparation.

What is TSI?

The Texas Success Initiative, or TSI, is a state requirement that students demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and math before taking college-level credit classes. You must take the TSI State Test or show proof of exemption or waiver from the requirement.

Check exemptions & waivers

You may be eligible for an exemption or waiver from the Texas Success Initiative requirements based on your college coursework, military experience, major program of study, or previous assessment scores. Do NOT take the TSI Assessment if any of the following circumstances apply.

College coursework

  • You earned an associate degree or higher.
  • You earned a C or higher in a college-level course at an accredited institution. The course must be equivalent to an ACC course on the approved ACC TSI course list.
  • You have an official transcript from a Texas college or university that shows you meet TSI requirements.

Military experience

  • You were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty, Texas National Guard, or military reserves on or after Aug. 1, 1990
  • You are on active-duty service in the U.S. military and have completed at least three years’ service before enrolling at ACC.

Level 1 certificate program/major

  • You declare a Level 1 certificate program as your major and take only classes listed in your certificate plan. TSI requirements apply if you change your major or take courses outside your Level 1 certificate plan.

Previous scores

  • ACC accepts scores on the SAT, ACT, and other approved assessment exams that are less than 5 years old. 
SAT (March 5, 2016 and later) 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 530 Math
SAT (prior to March 5, 2016) 1070 Combined with 500 Critical Reading 1070 Combined with 500 Math
ACT 23 Composite with 19 English 23 Composite with
19 Math
TAKS 2200 ELA (English Language Arts) with 3+ Writing sub-score 2200 Math
STAAR Level 2 on the English III (EOC) Level 2 on the Algebra II (E0C)


  • Upper-level math requires additional course assessments.
  • Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable.

What your scores mean

You have completed Texas Success Initiative requirements for a subject area if you:

  • Earn the minimum score listed in the chart below
State-Approved Minimum Scores to be TSI Complete
TSI Assessment 351 5 or 4/340 350
Compass (tested and enrolled before 8/26/13) 81 6 or 5/59 39
ASSET (tested and enrolled before 8/26/13) 41 6 or 5/40 38
Accuplacer (tested and enrolled before 8/26/13) 78 W-6 or 5/80 63
THEA/TASP (between 9/1/95 and 8/26/13) 230 220 230
THEA/TASP (before 9/1/95) 220 220 220

Request a test fee waiver

If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you can request a TSI Assessment fee waiver from Financial Aid.

Send your scores elsewhere

To send your TSI scores to another college/university:

If you need to take the TSI Test

View the TSI Assessment Preparation website below to prepare for the TSI Test. Print the certificate at the end to confirm you reviewed the information.

TSI Assessment Preparation

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