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.

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

PVAMU Main Campus Testing
  • Testing is only available on the Prairie View A&M UniversityMain Campus
  • Exams are administered starting at 9 AM in the W.R. Banks Building, 2nd Floor, Room 210
  • No Student will be admitted for testing after 3 PM
  • Anyone testing CANNOT take the same section TWICE in one day
  • NO ONE may walk-in and take the exam
  • Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Summer 2018 Testing Dates

  • June 27, 2018
  • June 28, 2018
  • July 11, 2018
  • July 12, 2018
  • July 18, 2018
  • August 1, 2018
  • August 8, 2018
  • August 9, 2018

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 Testing (Off-Campus)


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.

What is the Remote Testing process?

  1. You register and pay for a remote voucher through our Testing Center, 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.

Examity (Online Proctoring)

What is Examity?

Examity is a secure remote online proctoring service that allows you to take your TSI test(s) when it is most convenient (24/7/365), helping you perform your best on test day.

Examity Testing Procedures

  1. Register for Examity by registering and paying for Remote Testing, choose Option 3 for your Remote Testing Option.
  2. The Remote voucher will be email to you from ACCUPLACER with your voucher code. This voucher code will allow you to schedule and take your exam.
  3. Click the Examity link in the email which will bring you to the Examity registration page. Enter your first name, last name, email and hit register.
  4. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with login credentials from Examity. You will then log into the Examity dashboard.  From here, you will set up a profile and schedule your exam using the voucher code provided. You can schedule to take your test on the same day or you can schedule in advance.  Once scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email with login credentials. This student guide and video tour will provide you with more information.
  5. Return to the Examity dashboard at the day/time you scheduled to meet your proctor and take the test(s).

Examity Technical Requirements

  • TSI tests taken with Examity can only be administered on a desktop computer or laptop (Chromebook, tablets, and smartphones are not allowed)
  • Your device must have a webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload
  • Operating systems: Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v47 or later, Mozilla Firefox v41 or later, Internet Explorer v10 or later, Microsoft Edge v12 or later, Apple Safari v6 or later
  • Test your computer requirements HERE to verify that your computer has all the features needed to take the test in the Accuplacer platform.

Examity Testing Requirements

  • When setting up your profile, you must upload a photo ID. During the authentication process, you will be asked to show the same photo ID. Acceptable IDs include:
    • Current driver’s license
    • State approved ID
    • College ID
    • Current state or federal ID card
    • Current passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  •  You must have a voucher number provided by ACCUPLACER from PVAMU Testing Services.
  • You must test alone in a quiet room without disruptions.
  • Food and drink are not allowed while testing.
  • Scratch paper is allowed along with a standard pen/pencil. You will be asked to show both sides of your scratch paper to the proctor at the beginning and end of your test session.
  • Calculators are not allowed
  • Breaks are not allowed.
  • Test duration varies based on the number of tests your institution requires you take.


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.

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Last updated: 3/2017