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TSI Assessment Scores

The minimum passing standard for each TSI-approved exam is listed below.

TSI Assessment Scores

Mathematics

Reading

Writing

350

351

Essay score of 5
or
Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice 340

If you meet the TSI Assessment scores listed above, you are eligible for college-level courses.

Students Who Do Not Meet Passing Standards

Students must enroll in a developmental course for the subject in which they did not meet state standards. You must enroll in developmental coursework until a grade of “D” or higher is achieved. As a condition of enrollment, you must be registered for the assigned developmental courses until they have been completed.

  • If you have not met the math TSI standards, you need to enroll in a developmental math program.
  • If you have not met the reading and/or writing TSI standards, you need to enroll in a developmental English program.

TSI Exemptions

Students may be exempt from meeting TSI standards if they have met one of the criteria listed below.

  • ACT

    A composite score of 23 or higher AND at least a 19 on the English and/or math sections is required for the ACT TSI Exemption.  If the student does not satisfy the composite requirement first, then he/she will not be eligible for this exemption.

  • SAT

    SAT administered prior to March 2016:  A combined score of 1070 or higher AND at least a 500 on the Critical Reading and/or Math tests is required for the SAT TSI Exemption.  If the student does not satisfy the combined requirement first, then he/she will not be eligible for this exemption.

    SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016:  A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing test shall be exempt for both TSI reading and writing.  A minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test shall be exempt for TSI math.

  • TAKS

    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

    STAAR end of course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 (2000) on the English III Reading and English III Writing shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for reading and/or writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 (4000) on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for the mathematics section.

  • Transfer

    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 

  • Military

    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.

  • Degree

    A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.