Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI Testing

What Is TSI?

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.

Incoming Students

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.

TSI Exemptions

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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.

Exemption 1:

A student is exempt from taking the TSI Assessment based on the following test scores (minimum) .SAT and ACT scores are only valid for 5 years from the date of testing and all requirements listed above must be met on the same test date. Students wishing to be exempt from the TSI Assessment must have the minimum SAT/ACT Combined/Composite scores above. You may be partially exempt if you meet the minimum Combined or Composite score AND the minimum Verbal or Math scores.

Reading Writing Math
STAAR (EOC) ENG III (2200) ENG III (2200) ALG II (4000)
Combined/Composite Verbal Math
SAT (Prior to March 2016) 1070 500 500
ACT 23 19 19
New SAT (On or after March 2016) 480 530

Exemption 2:
You are exempt if you have met TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Requirements. If you have a transcript from an in‐state public institution that shows you met TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements, you do not need to take the assessment test.

Exemption 3:
You may be exempt based on previous college work. If you are transferring to PVAMU and have earned a grade of "C" or higher in certain college courses from an accredited college or University, you do not need to test.

Reading Writing Math
HIST 1313
HIST 1323
POSC 1113
POSC 1123
PSYC 1113
ENGL 1123
ENGL 1133
MATH 1113 or higher

Exemption 4: You are exempt if you have a college degree or certificate. If you have a college degree (associate degree or higher) or if you have taken a certificate program you are exempt from taking the exam.

Exemption 5:
You may be exempt if you are a veteran. Students who were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component of the armed forces, on or after August 1, 1990 may be exempt. A DD214 form showing honorable discharge status is required.

Military Waiver Students 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.

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

Submitting Scores & Exemptions

If you have taken the TSI assessment at another Texas institution, you would need to complete the Cross Institutional Reporting Form. If 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 Form. You 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.

Understanding TSI Scores

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Passing TSI Scores:

Reading Writing Math
351 5 Essay OR 4 Essay w/ 340 MC 350

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.

Corequisite Courses:

Non-passing Math: MATH 1103 and Math 0321  or MATH 1113 and Math 0341 or PSYC 2613 and Math 0331

Non-Passing Reading and/or Writing:   ENGL 1123 and ENGL 0111

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

TSI Hold

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 Student-Success/Advising page.

Retrieving TSI Results

The following are the options for students to retrieve their TSI scores:

  • 1) TSI scores can be found on the students PVAMU transcript that they can order through Banner.
  • 2) If student is transferring to another university: they 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.
  • 3) Student must make an appointment and come in person to the Prairie View A&M University – Main Campus in Prairie View, Texas and retrieve the scores from the Testing Services office. Student must 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.
Prior Learning Assessment Information

If you have Prior Learning Assessment (Advance Placement, College Level Examination Program, DSST, and International Baccaulaurte) credit, you would need to ensure that your transcripts for those PLA programs have been sent to the university. For more information on PLA, click on this link: Prior Learning Assessment page.


TSI Testing Options

Main Campus Testing

Testing Guidelines

  • Testing is only available on the Prairie View A&M UniversityMain Campus in Prairie View, Texas.
  • Student must register for a test date and pay before they arrive for testing.
  • Anyone testing CANNOT take the same section TWICE in one day
  • Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Identification Requirement

In order to take the exam, you are REQUIRED to present ONE form of identification. This Identification must be current OR have expired within 90 DAYS of your test date AND must contain a recent and recognizable photo of you.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Driver's License
  • Passport Book or Card
  • State-Issued ID Card
  • US Military ID Card (Common Access Card or CAC)
  • US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • PVAMU Student ID
  • Current Year High School ID (2017-2018)

All students must pay prior to their arrival for testing. No student will be allowed to test without paying for their exam.

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Remote (Off-Campus) Testing

What is Remote Testing?

Remote testing allows PVAMU students to take the TSI Assessment at an institution close to their homes. Remote Testing is available for all students who are located outside of the Prairie View Area and cannot take the TSI Assessment on the PVAMU Main Campus and is especially useful for out-of-state students.

Remote Testing Guidelines

  • Out of state students are only permitted to test at a community college, technical/vocational school, or four year university. Students will NOT BE permitted to test at any of the following: high schools, public libraries, for-profit testing center or any other location not approved by the PVAMU Testing Office.
  • Students who are out of the country living on US military bases may contact us about testing with the DOD testing centers located on your base and approval will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Anyone testing CANNOT take the same section TWICE in one day.

What is the Remote Testing process?

  1. You register and pay for a remote voucher through our PVAMU Testing Services, and in your registration form you will choose one of the Remote Testing options
  2. A remote voucher is sent via email from Accuplacer or from the PVAMU Testing Center to the remote institution and the student
  3. Upon receiving the remote voucher, the student makes an appointment with the remote institution and pays any proctoring fees associated with their testing*
  4. Student brings a copy of the voucher with them to take the exam
  5. Student takes the exam and upon completion the TSI results are inputted into the PVAMU system by the TSI office within 48 hours

*BE AWARE that in addition to the PVAMU cost for the remote voucher ($10 per section), the remote institution administering the exam may charge a proctoring fee (because you are not a student of their university) and you are solely responsible for paying this fee.

What are my options for Remote Testing?

Option 1: Choose a Remote Institution from the Remote Testing Site List in the registration form. A copy of that list can be found here: Remote Testing Sites List

Option 2: Locate a testing center at an institution closer to your home that will proctor the exam for you. Retrieve the name, email address, and phone number of the test coordinator at that institution and place that information in your Remote Testing Registration form.

Registration forms are not processed automatically. Please check your SPAM and JUNK mail folders as vouchers are known to be found there on occasion. Please note, if you do not pay for your exam via the PV Marketplace, your registration form will not be processed. If you do not receive your remote voucher via Accuplacer or the PVAMU testing center within 48 hours AFTER paying for your exam send an email to aetesting@pvamu.edu with your 5 or 6 digit receipt number.

Last updated: 3/2019