How do I meet TSI?

What is TSI?

TSI stands for Texas Success Initiative and is the standard by which Texas public post-secondary institutions evaluate a student's college readiness in reading, writing, and math. In a nutshell, if a student is not what we deem as TSI complete, the college will assume a student is not ready to take on college-level coursework. In turn, the college will require the student to take developmental coursework to build knowledge and skills. This required developmental coursework costs money and prevents students from jumping right into courses that will apply toward the completion of a college degree. If we can avoid this coursework by proving students are TSI complete, we most certainly want to!

Preparing for the TSI test

Students must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) prior to testing:

Visit the ACC TSI website for helpful tips in preparing for the test:

How do I meet TSI?

There are several paths to meeting the TSI requirement. Note: Students can be partially complete; on ACT the composite requirement must be met first.

You can meet TSI in one of three ways:


23+ Composite

19+ English

19+ Math

*Students can meet TSI in one area as long as the composite is at least a 23.

SAT (March 2016 to present)

480+ Evidence-based Reading & Writing

530+ Math

TSI Assessment

351+ Reading

340-390 on TSI Writing Placement and minimum 4 on WritePlacer essay OR

310-339 on TSI Writing Placement and levels 4-6 on ABE Diagnostic and 5+ on WritePlacer Essay

350+ Math

*Students can take all or a portion of the TSI assessment in order to meet TSI.

*Students must report official scores to CPHS in order to prove TSI completion.

TSI Exemptions (for Dual Credit purposes only)

Reading & Writing: English II STAAR - 4000+

Math: Algebra 1 STAAR - 4000+ AND Algebra 2 final grade of 70+


Take the TSI Assessment

This is a test offered at LISD high school campuses and year round at ACC. You will only need to test in the area(s) in which you are not TSI complete. All students qualify for one free test administration through LISD.

To test on an LISD campus:


    1. Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity
    2. Complete the TSI PAA Completion form to document completion of the PAA (for CPHS records)
    3. Register via (Follow steps outlined below.)


Reference the Dual Credit Enrollment Steps and complete step 4.

To test on an ACC campus:

Test at an ACC Assessment Center and follow their processes and applicable fees.

Take (or re-take) the SAT or ACT

Let me know if you have updated SAT or ACT scores that will qualify you as TSI complete. Then, be sure to send these scores to the college you plan to attend.