The Texas Success Initiative

WELCOME TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, NEW AGGIE! Now that you have decided that Texas A&M University is the school for you, and to insure that your new experience will be the best it can be, there are a few details that you should understand before registering for classes. One of these details is the TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (TSI).

The Texas Success Initiative
  • Is required by the Texas State Legislature for identifying and preparing academically those students whose basic skills in reading, writing and/or mathematics are less than what is required to succeed college level courses.
  • Requires continuous student participation in developmental education classes if that student is deficient in the academic areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics.
  • Requires all NON-EXEMPT (TSI Exemptions) incoming students to complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then to take the TSI Assessment test before registering for classes.

You can find the mandatory TSI Pre-assessment Activity (including the practice test) on either the “Applicant” or “My Record” tab on the Howdy Portal. You will need to activate your NetID and then login to Howdy to access the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity .

For more general information about the TSI, view the TSI Assessment Student Informational Brochure.