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Exemptions

A student is exempt from all TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions.

  • The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree
  • The student 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
  • The student 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990
  • The student is a non-degree-seeking or a non-certificate-seeking student
  • The student has attended another institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution
  • The student has transferred to the university from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education and has completed college-level coursework

A student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions. SAT, ACT, TAKS, and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old.

  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a math score of at least 500 is exempt from the math requirement
  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a critical reading score of at least 500 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a math score of at least 19 is exempt from the math requirement
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements
  • A student with an exit-level TAKS math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the math requirement
  • A student with an exit-level TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements
  • A student with a score of at least Level 2 on the STAAR English III end-of-course (EOC) is exempt from the reading and writing requirements
  • A student with a score of at least Level 2 on the STAAR Algebra II end-of-course (EOC) is exempt from the math requirement

Note
The writing section of the SAT cannot be used to fulfill TSI requirements. The TSI program can only use critical reading and math scores to make evaluations based on the SAT.