Texas Success Initiative General Information
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was mandated through action of the 78th Texas Legislature to replace the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). TSI requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrolling at a Texas public college or university. Institutions have the flexibility to determine the appropriate path for individual students to take so as to be considered college ready and thus ready for college-level courses.
Beginning August 26, 2013, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to begin administering the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any new student that has not completed college course work prior to 8/26/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements.
All students taking the TSI Assessment after August 26, 2013 must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. Texarkana College has partnered with Querium to provide the activity. You must complete this Pre-Assessment Activity before you can enter Texarkana College. Once you complete the assessment, Querium will email you a completion certificate that you must take to the Advising/Retention Center located in the Carl. M. Nelson Administration Building and give it to your Adviser. The adviser will then prepare a Test Ticket for you to take to the Testing Center that will allow you to take the TSI Assessment.
Please click HERE to find out more about the new TSI Assessment and how to complete the required Pre-Assessment Activity.
Texarkana College Requirements
Students can be admitted to Texarkana College without being TSI complete or exempt; however, they will not be able to register for most TC classes until they are TSI complete.
Students must obtain a TSI Ticket for Assessment & Placement from an Academic Advisor prior to visiting the Testing Center to take a TSI exam. A TSI Ticket for Assessment & Placement must be obtained for each test and/or retest. Each part of the TSI exam (Math, Reading, Writing) is $10.00 each. Exams are administered on a walk-in basis during testing center hours. Students must start TSI exams at least 2.5 hours before the testing center closes. Students must present a non-expired picture ID to take a TSI exam. Calculators are not allowed during TSI exams, the test contains a built in calculator. All other Testing Room Policies must be followed during TSI exams.
Students who are not TSI complete upon enrolling at TC must co-enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s) each semester until they become TSI complete. A TSI hold will be placed on the student’s record until appropriate TSI completion documentation (i.e., test score, course grade) is provided to the academic advisor.
Students are exempt from TSI if you meet one of the following exemption criteria and submit the appropriate documentation mentioned below by mail or fax to the Texarkana College Admissions Office.
Office of Admissions
2500 N. Robison Rd.
Texarkana, TX 75599
FAX: TC Admissions Office: (903) 823-3451
- Test Exemption – if any one of the following test scores (ACT, SAT, TAKS, TAAS) are met, students are exempt from that area and must present those official test scores, if not shown on your high school transcript, to Texarkana College
|Reading||ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): Minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing): Minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test and an 89 on the reading test (Must meet or exceed both scores)STAAR end-of-course (EOC) (within 5 years from the date of testing): minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for both reading and writing|
|Math||ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and Math 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Math 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): Math 2200TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing) (replaced by TAKS): Texas Learning Index (exit level) of 86STAAR end-of-course (EOC)(within 5 years from the date of testing): minimum score of Level 2 n the Algebra II EOC|
|Writing||ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): ELA 2200 and Writing Essay score 3 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing): 1770STAAR end-of-course (EOC): (within 5 years from the date of testing): minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for both reading and writing|
*SAT Composite = Critical Reading plus Math
**A Note about the SAT:
The name of the SAT has recently changed to “SAT Reasoning Test”; the name “New SAT” has been used for the version of the test administered after January 2005. The verbal portion of the New SAT has been renamed “critical reading.” Both old and new total, math, and verbal/critical reading scores that are less than five years old may be used to meet TSI requirements as described here. The essay section of the New SAT may not yet be used to meet TSI requirements. Information about the SAT exam may be located on the Collegeboard web pages: http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests.
- Degree Exemption– mail or fax an official transcript to Texarkana College noting either an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
- Out-of State or Private Institution Course Work Exemption – mail or fax an official transcript that shows you have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework with a C or better transferred from an out-of-state or private institution of higher education;
- Previous Exemption – mail or fax the official determination of your having met readiness standards at a previous institution of higher education;
- Certificate or Non-Degree Seeking Program Exemption – notify Texarkana College that you are not seeking a degree or are seeking a certificate that does not have TSI requirements;
- Military Service Exemption or Waiver – submit to Texarkana College a DD214 or Notice of Benefits Eligibility that shows you are on active duty as a member of the US armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces and have been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment; or honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990.
TSI and Transfer Students
Texarkana College can determine college readiness on an individual basis once students have been tested or otherwise evaluated using TSI approved testing or exemption requirements. Texarkana College may review individual coursework of students who have successfully completed developmental and/or college level work but who are not determined to be TSI complete by the transferring institution.
Students transferring to Texarkana College from regionally accredited private or out-of-state institutions with grades of “C” or better in the courses listed below in all three TSI areas (writing, reading and math) will meet TSI requirements. Students need to mail or fax to Texarkana College Admissions and Records official copies of your transcripts showing these grades.
Students who do not have grades of “C” or better in all three areas, you must take an approved TSI test in those areas.
|TSI Writing (TSI compliant in writing if you achieved a “C” or better in one of the two courses listed below)|
|ENGL 1301 (Composition I)||ENGL 1302 (Composition II)|
|TSI Reading (TSI compliant in reading if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)|
|HIST 1301, HIST 1302 (U.S. History)||ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323 (British Literature)||ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 (World Literature)||ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328 (American Literature)||PSYC 2301 (General Psychology)||GOVT 2301, GOVT 2302, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306(American Government)|
|TSI Math (TSI compliant in math if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)|
|MATH 1332 (College Mathematics)||MATH 1333 (College Mathematics)||MATH 1314 (College Algebra)||MATH 1316 (Plane Trigonometry)||More advanced mathematics course for which any of the above are prerequisites.|
Partial TSI Exemption
Students will have a partial TSI exemption and will be required to provide documentation to support your partial exemption if they have
- Obtained a composite score on the appropriate test and the required minimum score on either the math or verbal English language arts. Students will be exempt from that individual section of TSI but will have to take the others sections. For example, students who score high enough on the SAT to be exempt from the math portion (Composite 1070 and Math 500), but not the writing or reading portions will need to take just the writing or reading sections of the TSI.
- Completed college-level coursework in one or two of the three designated areas (reading, math, and writing) with a grade of “C” or better and so may be exempt from those sections of the TSI. Students will have to take the other portions of the TSI for which they are not exempt.