TSI Requirements for Dual Credit Students

TSI Requirements

To be eligible to enroll into dual credit courses, students must meet TSI course requirements for their specific dual credit course load.

What is TSI?

TSI stands for the Texas Success Initiative. The TSI assessment (TSIA) is a test designed to determine if a student is ready for college level course work in reading, writing, and math.

Why are dual credit students required to be TSI Complete?

Dual credit courses are college level courses. Students must meet the same TSI requirements to ensure they are ready for college level coursework.

TSI Policies and Examples:

  • We will not require students be TSI complete for subjects/courses that they will not be taking during their dual credit career.

  • Dual Credit Students will always be checked for exemptions first before being counseled to take the TSI test.

  • Once the student graduates and attends a Texas public higher education institution, they are required to be TSI complete or exempt in math, reading and writing.

  • For example:

    • If a student is exempt in reading/writing they will not have to take the TSI for courses that require reading/writing completion.
    • If they do not plan on taking any math or science courses that requires the math TSI, then they will not have to be complete in math while they are a dual credit student.
    • However, if they do decide to take a math or science course that requires the math TSI, they will then have to take the math portion of the TSI if they are not eligible for exemption. 

For students with previous TSI scores:

Students who have already taken the TSI test at another institution will need to have their high school counselor send those TSI scores to the Dual Credit Coordinator or complete the authorization form that will allow UT Tyler to access your official scores online.  

 

The following approved scores can be used to exempt students from taking TSI and allow them to be eligible to enroll in specific dual credit courses:

 

TSI Exemptions for Dual Credit
Exemption In:
Reading Exempt
Writing Exempt
Math Exempt
STAAR (EOC)

English III Reading Level 2: 2000+

or

STAAR (EOC) ENG II Reading Level 2: Minimum score of 2000 if score is combined 4000+.

English III Writing Level 2: 2000+

or

STAAR (EOC) ENG II Writing Level 2: Minimum score of 2000 if score is combined 4000+.

Algebra II Level 2: 4000+

 or

STAAR (EOC) Algebra I Level 2: 4000+ with passing grade in Algebra II.

ACT/PLAN

19 - English with 23 Composite

19 - English with 23 Composite

19 - Math with 23 Composite

PSAT

460 English

460 English

510 Math

ACT-Aspire

435 English

435 English

431 Math

Old SAT
(prior March 2016

500 - Critical Reading With 1070 Composite

500 - Critical Reading With 1070 Composite

500 - Math With 1070 Composite

New SAT 
(after March 2016)

480 EBRW

480 EBRW

530 MATH

 

 

TSI Requirements for Dual Credit

If student does not meet TSI exemptions, they must receive the following scores:

TSI Complete-Reading TSI Complete-Writing TSI Complete-Math

 

351 Reading

 

A placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or

A placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5.

 

350 Math

 

 

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