You do not have to take the TSI Assessment test if you:
  • have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education; or
  • have transferred from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution; or
  • have previously attended any institution of higher education and have been determined to have met college readiness standards by that institution; or
  • are student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college; or
  • are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment; or
  • on or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or
  • are enrolled at TAMU on a temporary basis as a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student (must be classified as a “U0″ at TAMU)

The following tests can be used to exempt you from one or more parts of the TSI Assessment:

SAT (administered prior to March 2016):
  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math;
  • A minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on the critical reading test for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing
SAT (administered on or after March 5, 2016):
  • A minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math (no combined score required);
  • A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing (no combined score required)
Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable. 
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the SAT test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
ACT
A student must first achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with:
  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • At least 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of the test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
TAKS
  • A minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math
    and/or
  • 2200 in English Language Arts–with a writing sub-score of 3–for an exemption in reading and writing.
 Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their 11th grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.

SSTAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment
  • Algebra II – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in mathematics
  • English III – a minimum score of Level 2 (4000 for the 2016-17 academic year) for an exemption in integrated reading and writing
Students must attend college within five (5) years from the date of their STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) test in order to use the scores for an exemption.
 
For information regarding the TSI Assessment scores, view the Test Approved College Ready Cut-Scores.