The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math. All first-time college students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are exempt or complete.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math. All first-time college students must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are exempt or complete. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with THECB guidance, Austin Community College (ACC) is able to consider alternate criteria for eligibility and placement of student readiness for college-level reading, writing, and mathematics courses and is offering the alternative criteria for placement of the TSI assessment requirements for the Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters.
Here are the steps students will need to take (in the wake of COVID-19) to complete this proctored exam online:
If you have not yet met TSI requirements and have questions about your options, contact us at email@example.com and an enrollment advisor will assist you.
Follow this checklist to take the TSI assessment test at Austin Community College or determine if you are exempt.
Check the list of TSI exemptions and score completions to determine if you have already met TSI requirements in one or more areas (reading, writing, and math) or meet the criteria for an exemption. You must show proof of exemption. You may take your proof of exemption or waiver, if applicable, to any campus Advising Office. Those who are not exempt/complete should go to Step 2.
You do not have to take the TSI Assessment if you:
The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment. Tests must have been taken within the previous five years.
MINIMUM SCORES ELIGIBLE FOR TSI ASSESSMENT EXEMPTION
|TEST||READING & WRITING EXEMPTION||MATH EXEMPTION|
|SAT (March 2016 and later)||480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||530 Math|
|SAT (prior to March 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||4000 on the English III (EOC)||4000 on the Algebra II (E0C)|
Note: Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered March 2016 and later, is not allowable.
You have completed Texas Success Initiative requirements for a subject area if you:
|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|
Note*: A placement score less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and essay score of at least 5.
Complete the Request for TSI Scores if you would like to pull your test scores taken at another HS/college/university.