What Is the TSIA Assessment?
The TSIA Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet a students needs to help them become better prepared for college-level coursework if they are not ready. If you are an entering college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSIA—unless you are already exempt (read below)—to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches your skill level and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.
Do I Have to Take the TSIA Assessment?
Not all incoming students need to take the TSIA. There are many ways a student can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI exemption means that you can enroll in any entry-level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in entry-level college courses. In most cases, exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area such as reading but not in another area like mathematics or writing. You may be exempt if you: Have met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT®, ACT, or the English III/Algebra II STAAR End-of-Course high school tests; Have successfully completed college-level course(s); Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours); Are not seeking a degree; or Have been, or currently are, in the military. If you think you may be exempt, please contact an advisor at your college or university. For more information, visit the Accuplacer website at thecb.state.tx.us/tsi (See #2 and click on TSI/Exemptions).
TSIA in GISD
GISD offers the TSIA exam to students multiple times throughout the year. Please consult with the College Career and Military Readiness Specialist (CCMR) at your student's home campus.