Getting Started with TSI

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program to improve student success in college. Students admitted to Texas State, who have not satisfied their TSI requirements, will have a TSI hold on their student record. TSI holds will prevent you from registering for courses until it has been lifted. This page will assist you with navigating:

  • How to lift your TSI hold
  • How to determine if you are exempt from taking the TSI Assessment
  • If you are not exempt, how you can satisfy the requirements of the TSI

Do I qualify for an exemption for one, some, or all parts of the TSI Assessment?

You can demonstrate college readiness through a list of approved exemptions. Students can qualify for an exemption by subject area in several ways. When you applied to Texas State University, the documents you submit are automatically evaluated to determine any possible exemptions.

If we find exemptions for one or two areas, they will be applied to your record. If we find exemptions for all areas, your record will be updated to TSI satisfied in all areas. 

Please review our exemptions page carefully to review all possible exemptions you may be able to claim. On this Exemptions page, you will also learn how to submit supporting documentation.

What if I do not qualify for an exemption?

You will need to take the TSI Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) if you do not qualify for a TSI exemption requirement for Math or ELAR (English Langauage Arts and Reading). 

Before you can complete the TSIA, you must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity. The Pre-Assessment Activity covers the following topics:

  • Importance of assessment
  • Assessment process and components (including sample questions)
  • Developmental Education options
  • Institutional and community resources

At the end of the assessment, you will receive a certificate stating that you completed the Pre-Assessment Activity. 


The English and Math departments have created free study modules for you to prepare to take the TSIA exam. We highly recommend that you use these resources before taking the exams.


Please review these other helpful links.

Take the TSI Assessment 2.0

Register to take the TSIA2 remotely or in-person at Texas State by following the link below.

Submit your TSIA Scores to Texas State

Option 1

Texas State students can submit TSIA2 scores to the TSI office by completing the Submit Scores form below.

Option 2

Current and prospective students can submit TSIA2 scores to Texas State through the “Share Score Report” option on the Accuplacer website. Follow the guide below for detailed instructions.

Passing Scores for the TSI Assessment 2.0

Passing scores for TSIA2 taken after January 11, 2021

SubjectPassing Score Option 1Passing Score Option 2
English, Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)945 and an Essay of 5 or moreLess than 945 and a Diagnostic Level of 5 or more and an Essay of 5 or more
Math950Less than 950 and Diagnostic Level of 6

Passing scores for TSIA taken before January 11, 2021

SubjectPassing Score
WritingEssay score of 5 or an Essay Score of 4/340