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Texas Success Initiative

Students planning to attend Tarleton State University must take the TSI Assessment test prior to enrolling their first semester unless they are exempt under Texas Success Initiative (TSI) guidelines.  Exemptions are listed below.  Test scores or exemptions must be received in our office before you will be allowed to register for classes.  If you will be attending a Texan Orientation, test scores and exemptions must be on file before you will receive an invitation.  You do not have to pass all sections.  Scores will be used for placement in your courses.

Please refer to Tarleton State University's TSI Plan


If you have any TSI related questions or to verify which section(s) you need to complete (Reading, Writing and/or Math) please contact the Student Assessment Coordinator at 254-968-9269 or email us for more information.

TSI Score Release Form

Please complete TSI Score Release Form so that we can download your scores from the online system.

If you test at your high school we are not always able to access those scores so counselors must fax, email, or mail the scores to us.  We will email you if we cannot access the scores.

TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment

Students must take the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity prior to taking the initial TSI Assessment.  Please contact Testing at 254-968-9423 for more information.

TSI Exemptions

There are certain conditions that may exempt students from requirements of the TSI law.

  1. Students performing at or above the following levels are exempt (Scores must be no more than 5 years old.):

Test Fully Exempt Partially Exempt
ACT
Composite = 23 AND
English = 19 and Mathematics = 19
Composite = 23 AND
English = 19 and/or Mathematics = 19
Old SAT Combined = 1070 AND
Verbal = 500 and Mathematics = 500
Combined = 1070 AND
Verbal = 500 and/or Mathematics = 500
New SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 480 AND
Mathematics = 530
Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 480 or
Mathematics = 530
TAKS Mathematics = 2200 AND
English/Language Arts (ELA) = 2200 and Writing = 3
Mathematics = 2200 OR
English/Language Arts (ELA) = 2200 and Writing = 3
STAAR EOC - Algebra II = 4000, English III (Reading) = 2000,
English III (Writing) = 2000
EOC - Algebra II = 4000 or English III (Reading) = 2000 or
English III (Writing) = 2000
  1. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution of higher education.

  2. A student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of high education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.

  3. Military exemptions and waivers:

    • A student is waived if he/she is a student who is serving on active duty as a member of:
      • the armed forces of the United States; or **
      • the Texas National Guard; **
    • A student is waived if he/she is a student who is currently serving as and, for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States (excludes reserves of Texas National Guard); or **
    • A student is exempt if he/she is 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 (excludes reserves of Texas National Guard).

**Students must show proof each academic year. i.e., each Fall semester**

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