Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI Testing

What Is TSI?

What is the TSI Assessment (TSIA)?
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.

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.

TSI Exemptions

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.

Student must have valid documentation for a placement test exemption (see below) on file with the University Admissions Office or must have taken and passed all sections of the current ACPE prior to enrolling in college-level classes. A student is exempt from taking the TSI Assessment based on the following test scores (minimum):

Exemption 1:

   Combined or Composite Score Verbal Math
SAT (Prior to March 5, 2016) 1070 AND a 500 500
ACT 23  AND a 19 19
  Evidence Based Reading & Writing Math
SAT (After March 5, 2016) 480 530
   Reading Writing Math
STAAR  ENGL 3 - 2200 ENGL 3 - 2200 ALG 2 - 4000
TAKS 2200 AND a 3 Essay 2200

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.

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.

Exemption 4:
You are exempt if you have a college degree. If you have a college degree (associate degree or higher) you are exempt from taking the assessment test.

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 Waver Students on active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component may be exempt. A letter from the commanding officer is required.

These exemptions are from the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C, Rule §4.54

Enrolled prior to August 26, 2013:

  Reading Mathematics Writing
THEA 230 230 220
COMPASS 81 Algebra - 39 Written Skills 59 w/5 Essay
ACCUPLACER 78 Elementary Algebra - 63 Written Skills 80 w/5 Essay
ASSET 41 Elementary Algebra - 38 Written Skills 80 w/5 Essay

Enrolled after August 26, 2013:

  Reading Mathematics Writing
TSI Assessment 351 350 340 Multiple Choice w/4 Essay OR 5 Essay

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


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 enrolling in any college level classes.

All students who were not exempt before the first day of classes as of Fall 2013, will be required to take the TSI Assessment exam. Students who were exempt prior to this day will NOT be required to take the TSI Assessment exam. If you wish to have your scores sent from another Texas institution, please fill out the Cross Institutional Reporting form by going to pvamu.edu/CIR. 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 AP scores that need to be added to your transcripts, please note that we DO NOT accept copies from students. We only accept the score reports from the College Board. If you did not request to have your AP scores sent to Prairie View, we will not have them. You will need to log into your College Board account and request that a copy is sent directly to us. Our school code is 6580.

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

Transfer Student

In-State Transfer Student Information
Students transferring from any Texas public institution must provide official transcripts showing their current TSI status.  Transfer students meeting a TSI requirement must have their status documented on an official transcript (Transferring grades in certain classes does not guarantee that the student has met the TSI requirement). Please note that developmental courses do not transfer into PVAMU. Transfer students who have not met all of the TSI requirements will be placed in the PVAMU developmental sequence based upon test scores provided until all TSI requirements are met.

Out-of-State Transfer Student Information
Students transferring from out-of-state are still liable for meeting the TSI testing requirement before enrollment can occur. Out-of-state transfer students can meet TSI requirements by transferring in a grade of "C or better" in the following courses (or institutional equivalent courses):

HIST 1313 (U.S. History to 1876)
HIST 1323 (US History 1876 to present)
POSC 1113 (American Government I)
POSC 1123 (American Government II)
ENGL 2153 (Intro to Literature)
PSYC 1113 (General Psychology)
MATH 1113 (College Algebra) or higher
ENGL 1123 (Freshman Composition I)
ENGL 1133 (Freshman Composition II)

Any students failing to meet all requirements must take one of the following placement tests in the appropriate subject area prior to enrollment. The following tests are accepted with passing scores:





TSI Assessment



5   Essay OR 4 Essay AND 340 Multiple Choice


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

TSI Hold

Please note that ALL new students (freshmen and transfer) and returning students who have not successfully completed the last developmental education course with a "C or better" will have a TSI Hold on their account until they have taken the TSI Assessment, provided documentation for an exemption or filled out the TSI Compliance Form.

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

Cross Institutional Report & Dual Credit Forms

Cross Institutional Reporting Form - Use this link if you need our office to pull your TSI Assessment scores electronically from another institution

Dual Credit Form - Use this link if you need our office to look up your Dual Credit scores.

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

TSI Assessment Study Materials

TSI Testing Options

Walk-In Testing (PVAMU Main Campus Only)

Testing Information:

  • All students must register online prior to there arrival for testing.
  • Walk-In Testing is only available on the PVAMU main campus, Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 AM - 3 PM.
  • Exams are administered starting at 9 AM in the Wilhelmina Delco Building, Ground Floor, Room 101.
  • No Student will be admitted for testing after 3 PM.
  • Anyone testing CANNOT take the same section TWICE in one day.
  • Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

In order to take the exam, you will be required to present one form of identification. The ID 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
  • PVAMU Student ID
  • Current Year High School ID

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


Remote Testing (Off Campus or Out of State)

What is Remote Testing?

Remote testing allows PVAMU students to take the TSI Assessment at a college or university 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 main campus and is especially useful for out-of-state students.

Remote Testing Sites

How the Remote Testing Process Works?

  1. Register and pay for remote voucher through PVAMU Testing Center.
  2. Remote Voucher is sent via email from Accuplacer to the remote institution and student.
  3. After receiving Remote Voucher, student makes the appointment with remote institution and pays any administration fees.*
  4. Student takes the exam
  5. Upon Completion, TSI results are inputted into the PVAMU system by the TSI office.

*BE AWARE that in addition to the PVAMU cost for the exam ($10/section), the institution administering the exam may charge an additional administration (proctoring) fee that students are responsible to pay.

What are my options if I do not see a Remote Testing location on the Pre-Approved Remote Testing Site List?

  • If there is NOT a Pre-Approved site in your area, you will need to call a local college or university and see if they will proctor the exam for you. Please note that Remote Testing does not cost the proctoring institution any materials. ALL login information will be provided by the PVAMU Testing Center and our materials will be used. It is very important that proctoring testing centers are aware of this as it will make them more likely to allow you to test using their facilities.
  • If a proctoring institution says YES, you must obtain their contact information (University Name, Contact Name, Phone Number, and Email) and include it in the registration form.
  • If you cannot find an institution to proctor the exam, please call or email the PVAMU testing Center.

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 centers 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.


Please note, if you do not pay for your exam via the PV Marketplace, your registration form will not be processed.

Please note that Registration forms are not processed automatically. If you have not received a confirmation email within 72 hours of your registration, please check your SPAM or JUNK mail, or send an email to aetesting@pvamu.edu.

Incoming Freshman Testing (Houston Area Only)

Priority Testing is offered each Spring for Incoming Freshman in the Houston area. Exams are given at the Northwest Campus.

These exam dates are reserved for INCOMING FRESHMAN ONLY.

Test Date Location Room Time Registration Deadline
April 21, 2018 PVAMU Northwest Campus Lab 118 12 PM April 14, 2018
May 5, 2018 PVAMU Northwest Campus Lab 118 12 PM April 28, 2018
June 9, 2018 PVAMU Northwest Campus Lab 118 12 PM June 2, 2018
June 16, 2018 PVAMU Northwest Campus Lab 118 12 PM June 9, 2018
June 23, 2018 PVAMU Northwest Campus Lab 118 12 PM June 16, 2018



Class Testing

Class testing is only available for students who are taking developmental courses at PVAMU. Students do not have to pay for the exam as it is included in their course fees. Students will be given only one attempt to pass the TSI exam through class testing. After the first attempt students must register and pay for walk-in testing and come in during regular walk-in testing hours.

Registering for Class Testing is mandatory and you will not be allowed to test on exam day if this activity is not completed.


This site is maintained by Jeremy E. Sample
Last updated: 3/2017