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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 Texas Orientation, test scores and exemptions must be on file before you will receive an invitation.

Please refer to Tarleton State University's TSI Plan


If you have any TSI related questions please contact the Student Assessment Coordinator at 254-968-9269 or email us for more information.

You may contact Student Assessment Services regarding testing for the TSI Assessment.

   If you test at another institution, please confirm that the institution will release your test scores to Tarleton State University.  Official proof can either be an official transcript or an official score sheet with signature from the sending institution.

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:

Test Exempt Partially Exempt
ACT
(Scores must be no more than five years old.)
Composite = 23
English = 19 and Mathematics = 19
Composite = 23
English = 19 and/or Mathematics = 19
SAT
(Scores must be no more than five years old.)
Combined = 1070
Verbal = 500 and Mathematics = 500
Combined = 1070
Verbal = 500 and/or Mathematics = 500
Eleventh grade exit-level TAKS
(Scores must be no more than five years old.)
Mathematics = 2200 and English/Language Arts (ELA) = 2200
Writing = 3
Mathematics = 2200 and/or English/Language Arts (ELA) = 2200
Writing = 3
STAAR
(Scores must be no more than five years old.)
EOC - Algebra II = 4000, English III (Reading) = 2000,
English III (Writing) = 2000
EOC - Algebra II = 4000, English III (Reading) = 2000,
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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