TSI & Accuplacer

What is the TSI?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to help ensure that all students enrolled in a Texas public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to be successful in college-level course work.  The TSI Assessment will determine readiness for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  Students who do not meet the minimum standard in one or more areas will be advised regarding TSI compliance and given options on necessary interventions and courses that will meet your needs and help you become better prepared for college-level work.

All incoming college students in Texas who are not already exempt are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine readiness for college-level courses and success in those courses.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides more details about exemptions, exceptions, and waivers


Texas A&M-San Antonio Testing Center is now an open testing site for the TSI Assessment.  We administer the TSI Assessment to A&M-SA admitted students and will administer the TSI Assessment and Accuplacer for students from other schools that have a remote voucher.


What are the TSI Assessment scores that determine college readiness?

Mathematics - Placement score of 350

Reading - Placement score of 351

Writing -A placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; OR A placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5

For more information on the Texas Success Initiative and A&M-SA, please visit our TSI Frequently Asked Questions.


Exemptions

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment.  There are many ways you can be exempt.  Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in some or all entry-level college courses without restrictions.  In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment.  You may be exempt if you:

  • Have met the minimum college readiness standard on SAT, ACT, or a statewide high school test.  For specific tests and scores, please speak with a success coach or the Testing Center;
  • Have successfully completed college-level course work;
  • Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours);
  • Have been, or currently are in the military, please complete the Request for Military Exemption Form.

If you think you may be exempt, please contact a Texas A&M-San Antonio TSI Coordinator.


What if I Have Already Taken the TSI Assessment?

If you have previously taken the TSI Assessment at another Institution or testing site, please complete the online Score Report Request Form.  The Testing Center will be able to access your score report and update your student account.  Score report requests are processed within 1 to 3 business days.