Texas Success Initiative
Beginning Aug. 26, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to administer the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any new student who has not completed college coursework prior to Aug. 26 or met a state-approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements.
The TSI Assessment tests are for basic reading, math and writing skills. Angelo State University administers these tests for those who need TSI compliance.
TSI was implemented to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities possess the necessary academic skills to succeed. TSI test scores are not used to determine admission status; however, entering students must test before enrolling in college-level courses at any Texas public institution of higher education.
Important: Students who do not have test scores on file will not be allowed to register for classes, unless they are exempt. Prospective students should provide proof of an exemption or schedule to take an approved TSI test as soon as possible so that scores will be available in time for orientation and registration.
Students may be exempt from meeting TSI standards if they have met one of the criteria listed below.
Composite score of 23 or higher with at least a 19 on the English test and/or math sections
Combined verbal and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test and/or math test
Minimum score of 2200 on both the English and/or math sections with at least a 3 on the writing component of the 11th grade TAKS (applicable for a period of five years from the date of testing)
Note: Students must supply the TAKS essay score to the ASU Admissions Office as this score is not included on all high school transcripts.
STAAR end of course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for the mathematics section.
Transferred from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by ASU
Reserve: A student who is currently serving and, for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
Veteran: A student who on or after Aug. 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard, or was released from service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
If you believe this exemption applies to you, please fill out the TSI Military Exemption Affidavit form.
A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.