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 below).

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.

Student 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.

TSI Pre-Assessment

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

Exemptions

TSI Assessment

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 Writing Math
ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1301 – Composition I Math 1314 – College Algebra
HIST  1301 – US History I ENGL 1302 – Composition II Math 1324 – Finite Math
HIST 1302 – US History II  LITR 2341 - Literature and Experience Math 1332 – Math for Liberal Arts
GOVT 2305 – Federal Government   Math courses which any of the above are a prerequisite
GOVT 2306 –Texas Government    
PHIL 1301 - Intro to Philosophy    
SOCI 1301 - Intro to Sociology    
PSYC 2301 - Intro to Psychology    
Any sophomore level literature course    

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

You will be required to take the TSI 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.   The college readiness cut-off scores for each subject are as follows:

TSI Area Minimum Score
READING 351
WRITING

multiple choice score of at least 340 and an essay score of 4 OR

multiple score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5

MATH 350

The TSI Assessment is an untimed exam.  For more information on testing arrangements please visit www.uhcl.edu/testingcenter.

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.

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?

$29 for initial test; $10 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 on Monday – Thursday from 8:30am – 1:00pm and Fridays at 8:30am.

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 adviser.  

How soon are the test results available?

Test results are available upon completion.

What is considered a passing score on the TSI?

TSI Area Minimum Score
READING 351
WRITING
  • multiple choice score of at least 340 and an essay score of 4 OR
  • multiple score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5
MATH 350

 

Contact
  • Testing Center

    Phone: 281-283-3080
    Fax: 281-226-7128
    Email: uhcltesting@uhcl.edu

    Bayou Building 1408
    2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box 226
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Friday by Appointment Only