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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The TSI Assessment is taken prior to enrolling in your first semester to determine your levels in Reading, Math, and Writing.

TSI Score Release Form

TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment

You will be required to take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in courses at Tarleton State University unless you qualify for an exemption.

TSIA scores are not required to register for a Texan Orientation. It is in your best interest to provide TSIA scores or exemptions prior to your advising/registration appointment.

  • The TSI scores are a valuable tool to help us accurately place you in Math and/or English/Reading classes to ensure you have the level of support you need to be successful.
  • Without scores you will be placed into developmental support or intervention classes that you may not need which could cost additional time and money.

To schedule your TSI Assessment test, please schedule an appointment.

Detailed information along with the pre-assessment can be found when scheduling your exam.

You may email the Student Assessment Coordinator or call 254-968-9269 to verify what sections of the TSI Assessment you need to take (Reading, Writing and/or Math).

In order for students to enroll in college level courses, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board established the following minimum placement scores (effective Fall 2017) for each of the TSI sections:

TSI must be satisfied in all areas if you are attending any campus except Stephenville; these campuses do not offer developmental support classes.

Reading 351
Mathematics 350
Writing 340 and an essay score of 4 (if less than a 340 is scored, an essay score of 5 and an ABE Diagnostic level of 4) 


Effective Fall 2021: Reading and Writing objectives are combined into one exam, English Language Arts Reading (ELAR).

Mathematics 950
English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) 945
Essay 5


TSI Exemptions

Some conditions may exempt students from requirements of the TSI law, please refer to Tarleton State University's TSI Plan:

Students meeting or exceeding performance levels on SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR
Students with an associate or baccalaureate degree
Students transferring from an out-of-state or private institution
Students transferring from a Texas public institution
Military exemptions and waivers

Additional Information

If you have any TSI related questions or to verify which section(s) you need to complete (Reading/Writing and/or Math), please email the Student Assessment Coordinator or call 254-968-9269 for more information.