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?

If you do not qualify for a TSI exemption requirement for Math, Reading, or Writing, you will need to take the TSI Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2).

Before you can complete the TSIA, you are required by Texas law to 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. 

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

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

Passing scores for TSIA taken before January 11, 2021

Subject Passing Score
Reading 351
Writing Essay score of 5 or an Essay Score of 4/340
Math 350