TSI Compliance

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Texas Success Initiative (TSI) 

Effective September 1, 2003, the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) law was repealed and replaced by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). The TSI requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics skills PRIOR to enrolling in college and to be advised based on the results of the assessment. Please review the following Prairie View A&M University incoming student information. Prairie View A&M University uses the TSI Assessment as the tool for TSI. 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):

 Writing or Other Verbal Math
SAT (SAT II scores are not acceptable) 1070 (Combined)  AND a 500 500
ACT 23 Composite  AND a 19 19

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.

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 351 350 363 Multiple Choice w/4 Essay OR 5 Essay

Other exemptions include:

  • A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. A certified copy of orders or documentation showing length of service is required.
  • A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. A certified copy of the certificate of release is required.

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

Please call our office at 936-261-3699 if you have any inquiries regarding remote testing.

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 do 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.

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):

Reading
HIST 1313, 1323 (US History to 1876, US History 1876 to present);
POSC 1113, 1123 (American Government I, American Government II);
ENGL 2153 (Intro to Literature); or PSYC 1113 (General Psychology)
Math
MATH 1113 (College Algebra) or higher
English
ENGL 1123 or 1133 (Freshman Composition I, 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:

Reading

Mathematics

Writing

TSI Assessment

351

350

5   Essay OR 4 Essay AND 363 Multiple Choice

Please contact the office of Testing, Tracking, Assessment & Evaluation at 936-261-3699 if you are interested in Remote Testing.

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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

Exemption 1:
You may be exempt based on previous test scores.
Certain scores from these tests will exempt you from taking the assessment test.

SAT - A combined Writing/Math score of 1070 AND an individual Verbal score of 500 AND an individual Math score of 500.
ACT - A composite score of 23 AND an individual Verbal score of 19 AND an individual Math score of 19.

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

All students wishing to be exempt from testing must have the minimum SAT/ACT Combined/Composite scores above.

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. Please call 936-261-3610 to see if your previously taken courses will exempt you.

Exemption 4:
You may be exempt based on previous developmental coursework or programs. If you have completed PVAMU's developmental course sequence or a PVAMU non-course based module successfully, you are exempt from taking the assessment test.

Exemption 5:
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 6:
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.

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. Please note that the TSI Compliance Form is only for RETURNING students.

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

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