Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Are You Ready for Academic Success?

The Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program which requires all undergraduate students to demonstrate reading, writing and mathematics proficiency in order to be successful in college-level coursework. TSI Assessment scores are not used to determine admissions status; however, entering students must prove they are already compliant or take the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college-level courses. Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. Students with a TSI Assessment exemption can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions (see exemptions as provided by the Sec. 51.338  of the Education Code).

Students that are TSI incomplete or have not sent in documentation to prove compliance will have a TSI Hold on their account that prevents course registration. To retrieve and send UHCL your TSI score, please follow the instructions on CollegeBoard website.

Students who do not qualify for one of the exemptions must complete the TSI assessment. The results of the TSI assessment will be used to determine course selections. As part of the students' academic success plan, those who do not meet the minimum standards in one or more areas will be advised regarding developmental options.

Before registering to take the TSI Exam, all students must take a pre-assessment. You will not be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity.

A new pre-assessment (PAA) has become available beginning March 9, 2022. The new PAA is seamlessly integrated into the Accuplacer Practice Application (Practice App). Students should access https://practice.accuplacer.org/login  or the link below to register for the Practice App and complete the PAA.

New TSIA2 Pre-Assessment

Print out the pre-assessment certificate and bring it with you to the Testing Center.


Exemptions

TSI Assessment


Exemptions

Am I exempt from the TSI?

You may be exempt if any of the following applies to you:

ACT

Following the administration of a single test:

  • Composite = 23 or higher
  • English = 19 or higher
  • Math = 19 or higher

You may be eligible for a partial exemption if your composite score is at least 23 and have a minimum score of 19 in one of the individual areas. You will need to test in the area you are not exempt.

SAT (Prior to March 1, 2016)

Following the administration of a single test:

  • Combined Critical Reading & Math = 1070 or higher
  • Critical Reading = 500 or higher
  • Math = 500 or higher

You may be eligible for a partial exemption if your composite score is 1070 and have a minimum of 500 in one individual area. You will need to test in the area you are not exempt.

SAT (Beginning March 1, 2016)

Following the administration of a single test:

  • Evidenced-Based Reading Writing (EBRW)= 480
  • Math = 530

Note: Scores for TSI purposes must come from either the old SAT (administered prior to March 2016) or the revised SAT (administered March 5, 2016 and later), but not a combination of old SAT scores and revised SAT scores.

TAKS

You have a minimum of 2200 in Math and/or a minimum of 2200 in English with a writing section score of at least 3 on your 11 grade exit test

STAAR

You have a minimum score of Level  II in English III and Level II in Algebra II in the end-of-course exams

College Graduate

You have earned an associates or baccalaureate degree

Active Military Service

You are on active duty as a member  the U.S. armed forces,  the Texas National Guard or serve in a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces for at least three years prior to enrollment

Prior Military Service

You are honorably discharged from service in the U.S armed forces, Texas National guard or a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces on or after August 1990

Transient Status

If you are taking courses for personal enrichment and not pursuing an undergraduate degree

Transfer Coursework

You have earned a grade of "C" or higher on selected college course work as determined by UHCL

TSI Complete

You have met TSI requirements at another Texas public college or university

Which courses need to be completed in order to be granted a Transfer Course Exemption?

You are exempt if you are a transfer student from a Texas private institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution, and you have earned a grade of "C" or higher on the following courses:

Reading

  • ENGL 1301 - Composition I
  • HIST  1301 – US History I
  • HIST 1302 – US History II
  • GOVT 2305 – Federal Government
  • GOVT 2306 –Texas Government
  • PHIL 1301 - Intro to Philosophy
  • SOCI 1301 - Intro to Sociology
  • PSYC 2301 - Intro to Psychology
  • Any sophomore level literature course

Writing

  • ENGL 1301 – Composition I
  • ENGL 1302 – Composition II
  • LITR 2341 - Literature and Experience

Math

  • Math 1314 – College Algebra
  • Math 1324 – Finite Math
  • Math 1332 – Math for Liberal Arts
  • Math courses which any of the above are a prerequisite

How can I meet the TSI requirements if I am not exempt?

You will be required to take the TSIA2 Assessment in the subject areas that you are not TSI exempt. If you do not meet the minimum cut-off scores, you will be placed into appropriate developmental courses or interventions. If taking TSIA2 for the first time you are required to take all subjects.

The college readiness cut-off scores for each subject
TSI Area Minimum Score
ELAR 950-990
OR:  ≤ 945, a Diagnostic of 6 and Essay score 5-8
OR:  945-949, with a Diagnostic  ≥5 and an Essay score  ≥5
ESSAY 6
OR a combination of 5-8 if other ELAR passing scores are met as described above
MATH 950 - 990
OR:  910-949, with a Diagnostic of 6

The TSI Assessment is an untimed exam. For more information on testing arrangements please visit the Testing Center.

I have new test scores that exempt me from all or part of the TSI. What should I do?

Request that your official scores be sent to the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Your test score information will be updated upon receipt. Follow instructions to retrieve and send UHCL your score.

  • UHCL SAT code: 6916
  • UHCL ACT code: 4171

All other scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

How do I claim a military related TSI exemption?

Please contact the Veteran Services Office. You will need to present your DD214- Certificate of Discharge or your current military ID. The VSO will take care of updating your record.

What do I do if I have completed college level course work that exempts me from TSI after being admitted to UHCL?

Please request that your official transcripts which reflect all course work completed to date be sent to the Office of Admissions for processing. Your record will be updated upon receipt.

Can AP and CLEP exam score exempt me from TSI?

Yes, if your subject exam scores meet UHCL’s minimum scores required to receive college credit for any of the courses appearing in the Transfer Course Exemption list.  Please visit the AP or CLEP section of the Testing Website for minimum scores.

What UHCL office should I contact for additional information related to TSI?

The Testing Center is the designated TSI office at UHCL.


TSI Assessment

What is the cost to take the TSI?

$35 for initial test; $15 per section for retest

Is the TSI a timed exam?

The TSI Assessment is an untimed exam.

How do I schedule an appointment to take the TSI?

By appointment:

  • Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

Schedule Appointment

Are calculators allowed for the TSI?

No calculators are allowed to be brought in to the testing room. A calculator is provided within the testing software.

Why is the Pre-Assessment Activity required before taking the TSI Assessment?

This activity reiterates the importance of the TSI Assessment, provides information about options if the minimum passing standard is not met, and also includes a practice test and feedback immediately upon completion. The Certificate of Completion for this activity is required to take the TSI Assessment. 

Is there a deadline to take the TSI?

Students that are TSI incomplete will have a TSI Hold on their account that prevents course registration. Incoming freshmen should take the TSI before summer freshman orientation; other incoming students should take TSI before meeting with their advisor.  

How soon are the test results available?

Test results are available upon completion.

What is considered a passing score on the TSI?

TSI minimum score for ELAR, ESSAY, and MATH
TSI Area Minimum Score
ELAR 950-990
OR:  ≤ 945, a Diagnostic of 6 and Essay score 5-8
OR:  945-949, with a Diagnostic  ≥5 and an Essay score  ≥5
ESSAY 6
OR a combination of 5-8 if other ELAR passing scores are met as described above
MATH 950 - 990
OR:  910-949, with a Diagnostic of 6

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