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.
Composite score of 23 or higher with at least a 19 on both English and Math sections
Combined critical reading and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the Critical Reading and Math test
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)
Minimum score of Level 2 on the English III and Algebra II
Veterans and active duty personnel serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
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 |
|READING || |
Heavy reading courses
(HIST, POSC, PSYC, SOCI,ENGL literature)
|WRITING ||ENGL |
|MATH ||MATH, CHEM, PHYS, ENGR, CS |
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.
| TSI ASSESSMENT |
|READING ||351 |
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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 |
|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 || |
<363 Multiple Choice
|ENGL 1301 |
|MATH ||TSI Assessment |
|Student enrolled in MATH 0302/0303 cannot concurrently enroll in |
|MATH 0302 ||310-335 ||MATH 1000+, CHEM, PHYS, ENGR, CS |
|MATH 0302 NCBO ||310-335 |
|MATH 0303 ||336-349 |
|MATH 0303 NCBO ||347+ |