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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve students’ success in college. University Extension is legally obliged to enforce TSI regulations. TSI regulations apply to all students who register in University Extension courses, except those who audit for no credit. All enrolling students must meet one of the exemptions below or pass the TSI Assessment, a basic skills test required of all students enrolling in courses for academic credit at any Texas public college or university.

You are exempt from TSI if you meet any one of the conditions listed below, in which case you must provide official documentation to the University Extension office by the deadline noted on a given semester’s calendar.

You are exempt if you:

  • have a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree.
  • have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • have previously attended any Texas public institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • have served on active military 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 for at least three years.
  • were 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 on or after August 1, 1990.
  • took the SAT I less than 5 years ago and made a qualifying score of 1070 total, with 500 verbal and/or 500 math.
  • took the ACT less than 5 years ago and made a qualifying score of 23 composite, with 19 English and/or 19 math.
  • took the TAKS test less than 3 years ago and made a minimum score of 2200 on the math, which exempts you from the math section; and/or a minimum score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, which exempts you from the reading and writing sections.

If you do not have the required official documentation stating that you are TSI exempt at the time you register, your registration form will serve as a temporary affidavit that you have satisfied this requirement. Official documentation, such as a diploma or transcript from an accredited institution, must be provided by the date listed in the calendar for the semester. We cannot make exceptions to this date. No refunds will be given if you register and are withdrawn because you fail to provide official TSI documentation. Therefore, it is best to provide this documentation when you register.

If you have not passed one or more sections of the TSI Assessment, you must be enrolled in a Developmental Studies Program (DSP). If you are currently in DSP elsewhere, you must provide official documentation of enrollment. Please notify the University Extension office as soon as possible if you will be required to enroll in a DSP while taking extension courses. Failure to provide University Extension with appropriate documentation by the deadline will result in your withdrawal from any course(s) without a refund.

If you register for University Extension courses contingent upon attending a Developmental Program and fail to honor the terms of that Program, you will be withdrawn without a refund.

If you are unsure of your TSI status, contact the University Extension office. Information about the TSI Assessment may be obtained at the University Extension office or at the Texas Success Initiative Office (512-232-7146) or from the TSI website.