Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

What Is TSI?

What is the TSI Assessment (TSIA)? 

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.

What Does TSI Mean For Me? 
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.

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

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:

 Writing or Other Verbal Math
SAT (Prior to March 5, 2016) 1070 (Combined)AND a 500 500
ACT 23 Composite  AND a 19 19
Evidence Based Reading & Writing Math
SAT (After March 5, 2016) 480 530
 Reading Writing Math
STARR  ENGL 3 AND a ENGL 3 ALG 2
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. 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.

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

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

Freshmen

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 Office or TSI Compliance before they go in the system.

Please call our office at 936-261-3630 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.

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):

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

line

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 Reporting Form

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

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


Last updated: 2/2017

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