The TSIA (Texas Success Initiative Assessment)
Important: The TSIA 2.0 (TSIA2) launched on January 11, 2021. This page is being updated to contain information about the new assessment. Meanwhile, information can be found on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s website.
Districts interested in the House Bill 3 (HB 3) Reimbursement process for the TSIA can find more information here.
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative enacted by the Texas State Legislature and designed to determine a student’s readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
The TSIA, or one of its exemptions, has been required of Texas students entering a Texas college or university for nearly ten years. The TSIA is administered through the College Board’s Accuplacer digital platform. Universities, community colleges, school districts and high school campuses can request to administer the TSIA to students.
What are passing scores?
Students scoring at or above the cut scores are considered “college ready” and eligible to enroll in any entry level college course (for example, English composition, history, government, or college algebra). Some college level courses require passing scores in more than one area.
Below are the passing cut scores for TSIA as set by the state:
- Mathematics: a minimum score of 350
- Reading: a minimum score of 351
- Writing: a score of 5 on the essay section or a score of 4 on the essay and a minimum score of 340 on the multiple-choice section
A student shall be exempt from taking the TSIA if the student has:
- scored a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall exempt both Reading and Writing sections of the TSIA;
- scored a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the Math test shall exempt the Math section of the TSIA;
- taken the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and earned a minimum score (verbal critical reading + math) SAT score of 1070, with a minimum score of 500 on both sections;
- • taken the SAT administered March 2016 and later and earned scores on the evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) assessment of 480, and a minimum score of 530 in Mathematics (no combined score needed);
- a TAKS scale score of at least 2200 on the math section and/or 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3;
- Veterans, active duty personnel, and a student who is serving as and, for at least 3 years preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the U.S. armed services;
- Transfer from another institution having satisfactorily completed college-level coursework; or
- Enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level One certificates) at a public institution.