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Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to ensure that all students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to be successful in college-level course work. Unless exempt, all entering undergraduate students are required to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and math prior to enrolling in college-level courses. Students who do not meet the minimum standard in one or more areas will be advised regarding TSI compliance and enrolled in the appropriate developmental program.

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions

A student may be exempt from meeting Texas Success Initiative standards by meeting one of the following standards.

  • ACT
    Composite score of 23 or higher with at least a 19 on both English and Math sections
  • SAT
    Combined critical reading and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the Critical Reading and Math test
  • TAKS
    Minimum score of 2200 on both the English and/or math sections with at least a 3 on the writing component of Grade 11 TAKS (for period of 3 years from the date of testing)
  • STAAR End-of-Course
    Minimum score of Level 2 on the English III and Algebra II
  • Military
    Veterans and active duty personnel serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
  • Transfer
    Transfer from a private or independent institution or a accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.
Transfer Course Exemptions*
Reading Writing Math
HIST 1301, 1302, or 2372 ENGL 1301 MATH 1314
POSC 2305 or 2306 ENGL 1302 MATH 1324
PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301 ENGL 2311 MATH 1332
Sophomore level or higher literature   Math course which any of the above is a prerequisite
*Transfer credit completed with a C or better or completed by dual credit, AP, ACT/SAT, or CLEP

Waivers for Dual Credit, Transient, and Active Military Students

Pre-University Program Students (PUP)
Students dual enrolling prior to completing Grade 11 STAAR Exam or ACT/SAT maybe waived on equivalent End of Course scores for Grade 10.

Transient and Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students enrolled at WTAMU to fulfill a course outside of their home institution may be waived semester by semester depending on the course. Waivers are not for prerequisites, only TSI requirements. TSI requirements must be satisfied by an exemption or assessment for the appropriate TSI area for a student to enroll in courses.

TSI Area Subject Area

Heavy reading courses
(HIST, POSC, PSYC, SOCI,ENGL literature)


Active Military
Students currently on active duty in military, reserves or Texas National Guard will be waived until honorably discharged.

Approved Tests and Passing Scores

If a student has not been exempted from testing with one of the approved exemptions, they will be required to test to satisfy TSI requirements with minimum scores. If a student does not meet the minimum cut- scores, through holistic advising, the student will be placed into the appropriate developmental intervention or course to assist them. Students may retest to pass the TSI Assessment at any time.

College Readiness
WRITING 4 essay with MC 363+
or 5 essay
MATH 350


The TSI Assessment is the only approved test, effective with Fall 2013. If a student only needs to test in one area, the TSI Assessment allows for the student to only pay for that section. The entire test is untimed but generally takes about 2-3 hours.
Students from out of state can make arrangements through Educational Services to take the TSI Assessment at a local community college or university testing center, if the center agrees to proctor the assessment.. Students can make arrangements through Educational Services if the approved test is not available.

Students planning to test at WTAMU can contact WTAMU Educational Services for cost and registration.

TSI Pre-Assessment ActivityPre-Assessment Activity

Any student testing must first complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). The PAA can be located online at www.wtamu.edu/tsipaa. Upon completion, a certificate of completion will be emailed to the student. Educational Services will require proof of this document before a student is allowed to take the TSI Assessment. Once the PAA has been completed, with documentation of completion, the student will not have to repeat the PAA to retest.

Test Preparation

Students are encouraged to review test material prior to testing. Scores will determine whether the student is required to complete developmental coursework or is eligible to begin credit-bearing courses.

TSI Assessment Resource Guide
Resources for WTAMU Students
Resources for All Students
Tutoring and Testing
Student Success Center
CC 101
Learning Express Library – All Texas Students
Local Library
WTAMU Math Lab
CC 411
WTAMU Writing Center
Student Success Center
CC 107

Accommodations for Learning Disability

Students with special needs must contact Educational Services and arrange to pre-register for a testing time and date. Accommodations will not be available for walk-ins.

Developmental Education

Students not meeting TSI college readiness standards will be advised in Advising Services to evaluate whether developmental course work or other interventions would be most appropriate. Standard developmental course placement based on the TSI Assessment scores is reflected in the following table.

READING  TSI Assessment
Reading Comprehension
Student enrolled in ENGL 0302 cannot concurrently enroll in
ENGL 0302 310-350

Heavy reading courses
(HIST, POSC, PSYC, SOCI, ENGL literature))

WRITING  TSI Assessment Texas WritePlacer Student enrolled in ENGL 0302 cannot concurrently enroll in
ENGL 0302

<5 Essay
<363 Multiple Choice

ENGL 1301
MATH TSI Assessment
Elementary Algebra
Student enrolled in MATH 0302/0303 cannot concurrently enroll in
MATH 0302 310-335 MATH 1000+, CHEM, PHYS, ENGR, CS
MATH 0303 336-349
Developmental Education Pre-college, non-degree credit courses, interventions, tutorials, laboratories, and other means of assistance that are included in a plan to ensure the success of a student in performing entry-level academic coursework.  Various intervention options may vary in any given semester,  interventions will be posted for upcoming semesters as soon as the schedule becomes available.  
The following options have been defined by the Texas Higher Education Board.  A combination of options will be made every semester.  Schedules for upcoming semesters will be made available prior to registration opening. Placement will be determined by holistic advising to determine what meets the individual student’s needs when the student meets with an academic adviser.
Developmental course-  non-degree-credit coursework and/or activity designed to address a student's strengths and needs in the areas of reading, writing, integrated reading and writing (IRW), mathematics, and student success.
Non-Course Based Option (NCBO) Interventions that use learning approaches designed to address a student's identified weaknesses and effectively and efficiently prepare the student for college-level work. These interventions must be overseen by an instructor of record, must not fit traditional course frameworks, and cannot include advising or learning support activities already connected to a traditional course; interventions may include, but are not limited to, tutoring, supplemental instruction, or labs.
Individual Learning Plan A personalized plan, developed by the student and advisor, used to chart progress toward academic goals and to ensure the student is on the quickest path to graduation while determining the resources and tools they need to be prepared for a successful pathway in life after graduation.
Course Pairings– Non-course based review paired with a credit-bearing course.  Students will be provided with a review in the area of concern and supplemental support in a college-level course which has been selected to assist the student further develop the appropriate skills.

 For more information about the Texas Success Initiative, contact one of the following:

Advising Services

Admissions Office
1-800-99-WTAMU (98268)

Testing Services