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Texas Success Initiative

The State of Texas requires all incoming undergraduate students to demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics as defined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program. Students can satisfy this requirement in various ways. All students must have documentation for each area on file before the start of the semester.

TSI Assessment

There are multiple ways you can complete your TSI Assessment Requirement. The most common are:

  1. Register and complete TSI Assessment at your local community college
  2. Register and complete TSI Assessment through the Tarleton Testing Center (in-person and virtual options available)

TSI Assessment Benchmark

To satisfy the TSI requirement with the TSI exam, the following minimum scores are required:

Writing340 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 January 11, 2021: Reading and Writing objectives are combined into one exam, English Language Arts Reading (ELAR).

English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)945 5
English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)>94555

Submit Your Assessment Results

If you completed your TSI Assessment at a local community college or location other than Tarleton’s Testing Center, complete the score release form below to give Tarleton access to your results.

Submit Score Release Form to give Tarleton access to your TSI Assessment

Complete Your TSI Assessment at Tarleton

Schedule an appointment at our Stephenville campus testing center. The TSI assessment is offered daily at our Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses with both morning and afternoon times available. You may also sign up to complete your assessment online with a virtual proctor!

Schedule an exam at the Stephenville Testing Center

Schedule an exam at the Fort Worth Testing Center

When scheduling an exam, make sure you select “Placement Exams” as exam type and “TSIA2” as exam.

Texas College Bridge Program

The Texas College Bridge program is a program that prepares high school juniors and seniors for college with free, self-paced, online courses to strengthen English and Math skills. Students that successfully complete the program will earn their TSI exemption at Tarleton.

Speak with your high school counselor to see if the Texas College Bridge program could be an option for you!

Submit Your Texas College Bridge Certificate of Completion

Request your certificate sent to us from Texas College Bridge.

SAT, ACT, or STAAR Exams

To satisfy the TSI requirement with SAT, ACT, or STAAR exams, the following minimum scores are required:

ACT (pre-February 15, 2023)Math 19 and Composite 23English 19 and Composite 23English 19 and Composite 23
ACT (February 15, 2023-present)Math 22Combined 40 English and ReadingCombined 40 English and Reading
SAT (pre-2016)Math 500 and Combined 1070Combined 1070 and Verbal 500Combined 1070 and Verbal 500
SAT (2016-present)Math 530Evidence Based 480Evidence Based 480
STAARAlgebra II 4000English III 2000English III 2000

Submit Your SAT, ACT, or STAAR Scores

  • Request your SAT scores sent to us from College Board.
  • Request your ACT scores sent to us from ACT.
  • STAAR scores will be on your official high school transcript.

AP or CLEP Exams

To satisfy the TSI requirement from AP or CLEP exams, the following minimum scores are required:

CLEP – American Government 50 
CLEP – Calculus50  
CLEP – College Algebra50  
CLEP – College Composition 5050
CLEP – Introductory Psychology 5050
CLEP – Precalculus50  
CLEP – U.S. History I 50 
CLEP – U.S. History II 50 
CLEP – Western Civilization I 50 
CLEP – Western Civilization II 50 
AP – Language and Composition 33
AP – Literature and Composition 3 
AP – Government and Politics: US 3 
AP – World History 3 
AP – European History 3 
AP – American/US History 3 
AP – Calculus AB4  
AP – Calculus BC3 and AB Subscore 4 or 4  
AP – Statistics3  

Submit Your AP or CLEP Scores

Request your AP or CLEP scores sent to us from College Board.

College Coursework

The following courses transferring from a regionally accredited institution will satisfy the TSI requirement:

Course (minimum 3 credits)MathematicsReadingWriting
Any college-level Math courseX  
English Composition I XX
English Composition II XX
General Psychology XX
Introduction to Philosophy X 
Any History Course X 
Any Literature Course X 
Any Government Course X 

If you have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, the TSI requirement will be satisfied.

Order Your Official College Transcript

Contact the college you attended and order an official college transcript sent to us.

Military Service

If you are currently serving (or have previously served) in the military, your TSI requirement is satisfied:

  • Active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard
  • Service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States (excludes reserves of Texas National Guard).

Complete and return the Military TSI Form. The form must be submitted every semester until coursework or scores satisfy the requirement.

General Education Diploma (GED)

If you completed a GED, the following scores are required:

  • Reading and Writing: 165 Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
  • Math: 165 Mathematical Reasoning

Submit Your Official GED Transcript

Order an official GED transcript sent to us.

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