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Exemptions

Students may be exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions.*

Exemption by Test Scores

Old SAT: Prior to March 2016

  • A student must achieve a minimum SAT critical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the math section for a TSI exemption in math
  • A student must achieve a minimum SAT critical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the critical reading section for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing
  • New SAT: On or after March 2016

  • Mathematics test: 530
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW): 480
  • Note: There is no combined minimum score for the new SAT

    ACT

  • A student must achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with at least a 19 on the math section for an exemption in math
  • A student must achieve a minimum composite score of 23 with at least a 19 on the English section for an exemption in reading and writing
  • TAKS

  • A student with an exit-level TAKS math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the math requirement
  • A student with an exit-level TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements
  • STAAR End-of-Course

  • A student with a score of at least Level 2 on the STAAR Algebra II end-of-course (EOC) is exempt from the math requirement (Algebra I scores are not admissible)
  • A student with a score of at least Level 2 on the STAAR English III end-of-course (EOC) is exempt from the reading and writing requirements (English II scores are not admissible)
  • *Note: SAT, ACT, TAKS, and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old. The writing section of the SAT test is not considered. Finally, mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to Match 2016 and the SAT administered on or after Math 5, 2016 is not permissible.

    Exemption by Course Credit

    The following courses from another institution may exempt you from certain sections of the TSI Assessment:

    Credit for these courses May exempt you from
    History, Psychology, Government Reading
    Rhetoric, Writing, Composition Writing
    College Algebra Math

    Note: You must submit a copy of your college transcript to the TSI office to be evaluated. You may submit an unofficial transcript. Make sure your full name is visible on the transcript. A high school transcript listing dual credit courses will not be accepted.

    Additional TSI Exemptions

  • The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree
  • The student is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment
  • The student 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after Aug. 1, 1990
  • The student is a non-degree-seeking or a non-certificate-seeking student
  • The student has attended another institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution
  • The student has transferred coursework determined by the university to be appropriate from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education and has completed college-level coursework