Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)

What is TSI?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program that provides assistance with reading, writing and mathematics skills of students entering Texas public colleges and universities. The program consists of testing, placement and developmental education for students who do not pass one or more sections of the assessment. There are several testing options as well as exemptions and waivers outlined by the state mandate. Effective August 26, 2013 (based on House Bill 3468 – Texas College-Readiness Assessment and Placement) the new TSI Assessment WILL BE THE ONLY accepted placement exam and all prior test scores for students not enrolled will no longer be valid.

Prairie View A&M University will use the state approved TSI Assessment as the campus assessment tool for TSI. Before students are allowed to enroll at PVAMU they must have valid documentation on file for an exemption or they must have taken an appropriate placement test PRIOR to registering for New Student orientation and/or enrolling in any college level classes.

What Does TSI Mean For Me?

All incoming students who enroll in a Texas public institution are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics college level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to prepare you for success in college-level courses.

Do I Have To Take The TSI Assessment?

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. Several exemptions can be used to satisfy the TSI requirement. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions.

If you have a question please contact us at (936) 261-3610 or via email at tsi@pvamu.edu.

If you have Prior Learning Assessment (Advance Placement, College Level Examination Program, DSST, and International Baccaulraute) credit, you would need to ensure that your transcripts for those PLA programs have been sent to the university. For more information on PLA, please visit the Prior Learning Assessment webpage.

If you have taken the TSI assessment at another Texas institution, you would need to complete the Cross Institutional Reporting FormIf TSI Assessment was taken at different locations, a form needs to be filled out for each location.

If you have taken dual credit courses in high school, please complete the Dual Credit FormYou must have submitted an official college transcript to the university before this form can be processed by the TSI office.

Prairie View A&M University does not accept scores from students or institutions. ALL scores must be verified by the Testing Center or TSI Office before they go in the system.

If you have a question please contact us at (936) 261-3610 or via email at tsi@pvamu.edu.

All students entering PVAMU must complete the assessment test unless they meet one of the approved exemptions. A test exemption is a criteria that excuses you from taking the assessment test. These exemptions are from the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C, Rule §4.54. Student must have valid documentation for a placement test exemption (see below) on file with the University Admissions Office.

ACT
College Ready Reading College Ready Writing College Ready Math
Composite 23
English 19
Composite 23
English 19
Composite 23
Math 19
STAAR EOC
College Ready Reading College Ready Writing College Ready Math
English III: 2000 English III: 2000 Algebra II: 4000
SAT (After March 2016)
College Ready Reading College Ready Writing College Ready Math
EBRW 480 EBRW 480 MATH 530
SAT (Prior to March 2016)
College Ready Reading College Ready Writing College Ready Math
Composite 1070
Verbal 500
Composite 1070
Verbal 500
Composite 1070
Math 500

TSI Assessment Exemptions Graphic

Dual Credit/Transfer Courses

College Ready Reading College Ready Writing College Ready Math
Freshman Composition I or II
HIST, GOVT, or PSYC
Freshman Composition I or II Any College Level Math

Holds a Degree or Certificate

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate program of 1 year or less (level-one certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college)

Military

  • Serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, Texas National Guard, or a member of the reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment. A letter from the commanding officer is needed.
  • Student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably dischared, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or services as a member of the reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. A DD214 is needed.

If you have a question please contact the TSI Office at (936) 261-3610 or via email at tsi@pvamu.edu.

The TSI Hold is a hold that delays registration for the upcoming semester. If a student has not either passed the TSI Assessment or successfully completed the co-requisite courses than this hold will remain on your account for every semester that these actions are not completed. All incoming and current students must contact their advisor in order to have the hold removed. Information on who you advisor is can be found on the Academic Advising Services’ Meet Our Advisors webpage.

If a student would like a copy of their TSI results, they can obtain them through one of the following three options:

  1. Have a copy email to them from Accuplacer by going to https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/studentisr and filling out the boxes in the “Find your Test Results” section. Search for your scores and if they are in the system, you can have a copy of them emailed to the email address associated with your Accuplacer account.
  2. Student(s) must come in person to the Prairie View A&M University-Main Campus in Prairie View, Texas, and retrieve their results from the Office of Testing Services. Student(s) must make an appointment and bring valid photo identification that has their full name and date of birth on it. Students can make an appointment by sending an email to aetesting@pvamu.edu.
  3. Student can go to their PV portal, sign in, and click on “Panthertracks”. Go to the “Student Tab”, then “Student Records”, and then “View Test Scores”.

If a student is transferring to another institution: the student should contact the Testing Services office (Testing or Assessment center) at the other institution and have them pull their TSI scores through Cross Institutional Reporting in Accuplacer.

If a student took the TSIA at another institution: the student should contact the Testing or Assessment center at that institution to ask how they can retrieve a physical copy of their scores.

Math Corequisite Courses
Greater than or equal to 350 College Level Math
Less than or equal to 349 MATH 1103 and MATH 0321 or MATH 1113 and MATH 0341 or PSYC 2613 and MATH 0331
Reading Corequisite Courses
Greater than or equal to 351 College Level English
Less than or equal to 350 ENGL 1123 and ENGL 0111
Writing Corequisite Courses
Greater than or equal to 340 on the Multiple Choice and a 4 on the Essay or Greater than or equal to a 5 on the Essay College Level English
Less than 339 on the Multiple Choice and Less than a 4 on the Essay ENGL 1123 and ENGL 0111

Understanding TSI Scores Graphic

Non-Passing TSI Scores

Students who did not pass the TSI Assessment in one or more sections will be instructed to enroll in developmental co-requisite courses. These courses allow students to take college-level English or Math courses along with a 1-credit developmental course that aims to support students in their college English or Math course. With a final grade of “C” or higher in the college-level course, a student’s TSI status will be marked as complete and they will be able to enroll in courses that required a passing TSI status in that section.

If you have a question please contact us at (936) 261-3610 or via email at tsi@pvamu.edu.

TSIA Testing Options

Directions & Parking
Pay for Exams
Register for TSI

Main Campus

Exam is administer on selected dates at the PVAMU Main Campus in Prairie View, Texas. You must register and pay prior to your arrival for testing. No walk-ins are allowed and no one will be admitted before 10 AM or after 2 PM. Seating is limited.

PVAMU Northwest/Nursing Campus

Exam is administer on selected Saturdays during the Spring and Summer I semester at either the PVAMU Northwest and Nursing campus for ONLY incoming PVAMU freshman entering that upcoming Fall semester.

Remote

Remote testing allows PVAMU students to take the TSIA at an institution close to their homes and is especially useful for out-of-state students. Test voucher is sent by the Office of Testing Services to a college, university, or institution closer to the student’s home. Students must pay an exam fee to PVAMU Testing Services for the voucher as well as an administration fee to the proctoring site. Students can choose a remote site from our Pre-approved Remote Testing Sites List or they may locate one of their own. If a student chooses a non-preapproved site, they must complete a Test Proctoring Agreement for Non-Preapproved Sites form and upload it with their TSI registration form.

Virtual Online Proctoring (Examity)

Examity is a secure remote online proctoring service that allows you to take the TSIA when it’s most convenient. The exam is taken through PVAMU Testing services remotely on a computer at home as long as that computer and test environment meets the Examity Testing and Technical requirements. Students will pay an exam fee to PVAMU Testing Services and a $25 dollars administration fee to Examity.

Summer Bridge Programs

The exam is administered to students participating in Summer Bridge Programs occurring in Summer I or II. There is no cost to the student to take the exam with their summer program.