Exemptions & Waivers

Verify your TSI status

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 that satisfies the specific skill requirement.
  • You have an official transcript from a Texas college or university that shows you meet TSI requirements.
  • You completed the highest level of developmental education with a grade of A, B, or C.

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. Bring a copy of your scores and a photo ID when you verify the exemption at any campus Advising Office.
Minimum Scores Eligible for TSI Exemption
TestReading & Writing ExemptionMath Exemption
SAT 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

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