TSI Assessment

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules require that all students in Texas public colleges and universities complete the TSI Assessment. The purpose is to determine a student’s degree of college readiness.

Who must complete the TSI Assessment?

All students seeking an Associate’s Degree or a certificate program that is 43 semester credit hours or more are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless they meet exemptions. Certificate programs with less than 43 semester credit hours that require math and/or writing will require a student to take certain parts of the TSI Assessment as a prerequisite, unless exemptions are met. Students must complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity before taking the TSI Assessment.

How do I register for the TSI Assessment?

  • Obtain a Testing Form (neon pink) at the Cashier’s Office, located in the Cecil Beeson Building. Complete required information and pay at the Cashier’s Office.
  • Proceed to Testing Center (Technology Center Room 112, inside the Learning Lab) with receipt and Testing Form to schedule or take exam.

For TSI, appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are accepted when there is sufficient time to complete the exam, when we have available computers, and when the examinee has completed the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) prior to test time. We recommend calling before you walk in, as we tend to book days in advance during peak testing times. The PAA also provides links to study material. All examinees should review the material well in advance of the exam. The TSI Assessment is a non-timed test and may take four hours or longer. Students should meet with an advisor prior to testing, to determine which sections they will need to take. Testing staff will not advise.


  • All (Math, Reading, Writing) $27
  • Math only $6
  • Reading Only $6
  • Writing Only $15
  • Math/Reading $12
  • Math/Writing $21
  • Reading/Writing $21

(NO REFUNDS FOR ASSESSMENTS once they have started.)
You must complete your TSI within 13 days.
Students who do not show up for an exam or do not call to reschedule will be required to pay for the exam again. We will gladly refund fees for cancellations with receipt and within 30 days of the scheduled exam date or payment transaction.

If you cannot finish in one day, you may complete exam within 14 business days of beginning assessment. Retests are allowed with no limit or waiting period. For additional information, call the Testing Center at 409-839-2027 or email tsi@lit.edu.

What are the exemptions for the TSI Assessment?

  • A graduate with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • A student who transfers from a private or independent institution of higher education, or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, and who has satisfactorily completed college-level course work of at least six equivalent credit hours (three algebra, three designated writing/reading course ) with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Partial Exemption: At least three credit hours of College Algebra exempts a student from the developmental math requirement. At least three college hours of approved designated reading/writing classes exempts a student from developmental reading AND developmental writing.
  • Transfer from any public Texas institution of higher education with completed requirements for Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Transcript must be evaluated by the transcript evaluator.
  • A student who is 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 has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Documentation is required.
  • A student who, on or after August 1, 1990, was 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.
  • A 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.
  • An ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test is exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. And/or 19 on the mathematics test is exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Scores are valid for five years.
  • SAT: For scores prior to March 2016, a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070, with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test, is exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. And/or 500 on the mathematics test is exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. For scores March 2016 and after, a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test is exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. A minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test is exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score needed. Scores are valid for five years.
  • TAKS (exit-level): A 2200 in Math and/or 2200 in English/Language Arts (ELA) with a Writing sub score of at least 3. Scores are valid for five years.
  • STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of 4000 on Level 2 on the English III is exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing. A minimum score of 4000 on Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC is exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section. Scores are valid for five years.
  • Rules related to the Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 28.014, College Preparatory Course (CPC), Rule 4.54 Exemptions, Exceptions and Waivers: A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code 28.014 is exempt for a period of 12 months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. (We highly recommend the first semester.) This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.

Minimum TSI Assessment scores that demonstrate college readiness:

Reading  351
Writing 340 or higher AND a 4 or higher on essay or Below 340 AND ABE 4 or higher AND 5 or higher on essay
Math 350

TSI Pricing:

All three sections (Writing, Math and Reading): $27
Writing: $15
Math: $6
Reading: $6

Website Resources for Additional TSI Assessment Information:

Below, see free and for-fee websites to study TSI-related content. Some are from former retired TSI exams such as the THEA, TASP, COMPASS and ASSET. These tests are no longer around, but they tested the same content as the current TSI. These are unofficial study guides. The official study guides can be found in the Pre-Assessment Activity.

TSI Content:

TSI Informational Brochure (before testing)
TSI Interpreting Your Score (after testing)


Test Practice Test (Bittinger/Beecher - PDF)
Additional Problems (PDF)
and answer key http://www.thea.nesinc.com/ptanskey.htm





Website Resources for Additional TSI Assessment Information:

TSI Assessment Sample Questions
WritePlacer Sample Essays
TSI Web-Based Study App
http://www.college-placement-test.com/texassuccessinitiativetsi (fee)