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TSI Student Requirements

The TSI Assessment/ Aciculae is a program designed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help institutions determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (contact high school counselor).







5 on essay OR 4 with a 340 on multiple choice or

Less than 340 on multiple choice and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4 and an essay score of at least 5

(R/W for all non-math courses; M for all math courses)

 Score Exemptions




PSAT 10-15-15

  ACT Aspire


480 EBRW**

4000 English II

460 EBRW

435 English 

19 English

530 Math

4000 Algebra I

510 Math

431 Math 

19 Math


and passing grade in      Algebra II


Relevant to the course attempted

*Must meet all 3 sections

**English Based Reading/Writing



Counselors must submit all required documentation below before applications are processed:

  1. TSI (or exemption) scores
  2. High school transcript
  3. College/University transcript if applicable
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