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Texas Success Initiative Assessment

by Sam Petty

If you are planning to enroll at one of T3's partner college/university, don’t forget that meeting TSIA requirements by July 31st is required!

If you have taken and passed the TSIA, make sure you send your TSIA scores to the T3 partner college/university you plan to attend. You can access and learn how to send scores through your TSIA student portal.

What is the Texas Success Initiative Assessment?

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) determines a student’s readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students must receive passing scores (or be exempt from taking the TSIA) in the general areas before they are able to register for college-level classes. According to the Texas Education Agency, students scoring at or above the specified scores are considered “college ready” and eligible to enroll in any entry level college course (for example, English composition, history, government, or college algebra). For more information on TSIA and how to meet requirements, click here!

TSIA Exemptions:

If you believe you qualify for a TSIA exemption, make sure that you check your TSIA status at the college/university you plan to attend to ensure they don't need anything else from you. T3 Scholars can meet TSIA requirements in various ways:

  • If students take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, passing scores as set by the State in each of the three categories are: a minimum score of 350 in Mathematics, a minimum score of 351 in Reading, and a score of 5 on the essay portion. T3 Scholars can also meet the TSIA requirements through other standardized tests often used for college admissions, such as the SAT or ACT.
  • For students that took the SAT, they must receive a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. A minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
  • For students that took the ACT, they must receive a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or a 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

What if I miss the deadline?

Students who have not met TSIA requirements on or before July 31 will be asked to submit an academic success plan that outlines how they will meet such requirements. If a student should need to submit an academic success plan, eligible students will still receive ongoing T3 scholarships and support. Check-in with your college and career counselor or check out our FAQ page here to learn more about this requirement. For a list of additional program deadlines & extensions, click here.

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