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. Scores must be no older than 5 years.


Minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test is exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Minimum score of 480 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test is exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.
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 5 years from the date of testing).
STAAR End-of-Course Minimum score of Level 2 (4000) on the English III and minimum score of Level II (4000) of the Algebra II. Scores must be no older than 5 years.
Military Veterans who have been honorably discharged or active duty personnel who has been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.
Transfer Transfer form a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactory completed college-level-coursework as determined by the receiving institution.


Transfer Course Exemptions*
Reading Writing Math

ENGL 1302 - Research and Rhetoric (English Composition II)

ONLY course accepted for reading and writing

MATH 1314 - College Algebra
MATH 1324 - Mathematics for Business and Economics I
**OR courses for which these are prerequisites

Non-Algebraic Options:
MATH 1332 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts
MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Methods

*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 may be waived on equivalent End of Course scores for Grade 10, or by meeting minimum TSI standards.
  • 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.
  • Active Military
    Students currently on active duty in military, reserves or Texas National Guard will be waived until honorably discharged.


TSI requirements must be satisfied by an exemption or assessment for the appropriate TSI area for a student to be eligible to enroll in courses in the following subject areas.
TSI Area Subject Area

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




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

Advising Services

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

Testing Services