TSI Exemptions

Are You TSI Exempt?

If you have already taken the TSI Assessment, completing the authorization form will allow UT Tyler to access your official scores online. Send the form to tsi@uttyler.edu using your Patriot email account.  

A student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards is TSI exempt. Test scores are only valid if they are within a five-year period of the testing date.

The following scores make a student Reading Exempt:

  • TAKS (Exit Level) : 2200 - ELA with 3 Essay
  • STAAR (EOC): Minimum Level 2 score of 4000-English III*
  • ACT: A composite of 23 with a 19 in English
  • SAT: EBRW 480+

The following scores make a student Writing Exempt:

  • TAKS (Exit Level) : 2000- ELA with 3 Essay
  • STAAR (EOC) : Minimum Level 2 score of 4000 - English III*
  • ACT: A composite of 23 with a 19 in English
  • SAT: EBRW 480+

The following scores make a student Math Exempt

  • TAKS (Exit Level) : 2200 - Math
  • STAAR (EOC) : Minimum Level 2 score of 4000 - Algebra II
  • ACT: A composite of 23 with a 19 in Math
  • SAT: 530+

*English II and Algebra I STAAR scores will not satisfy requirement.

Other Exemptions

Out-of-State Transfer Students

  •  A student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework (evaluation required).

In-State Transfer Students

  •  A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

Certificate Programs

  •  A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute or a public state college.

Active Military

  •  A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

Discharged Military

  • 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 service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

Non Degree Seeking

  • An institution may exempt a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

A TSI exemption does not exempt a student from the university's admission requirements.