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TSI/ College Readiness

What is TSI and how does it relate to college readiness?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program.

  1. An assessment to diagnose students’ basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing
  2. Developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement
How do I know if I am college ready in reading, math, and writing?
  1. Your student can show college readiness by obtaining the following scores on the TSI test if taken on or after
    1.  Phase 2 – Freshmen entering higher education Fall 2017 (first class day)

      Mathematics - 356

      Reading - 355

      Writing –

      On July 27, 2017, the full Board approved the proposed rule change to update the college readiness benchmark for writing. The newly approved benchmark is as follows:

       a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or

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


  2. Your student can EXEMPT from having to take the TSI test.  Please click the link below to view the full list of THECB approved exemptions:
    1. THECB TSI Exemptions - Updated 5/11/17
What can I do to prepare for taking the TSI or other assessments in order to exempt from the TSI?
The links below are resources that can be used to study and practice for the TSI or other assessments that can be used to exempt from TSI.