TSI Exemptions (Scores are valid for five years.)
ACT - a composite score of 23 with:
a minimum of 19 on math for an exemption in math and/or
a minimum of 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing
SAT - (Taken prior to 3/5/16) A combined critical reading and math score of 1070 with:
a minimum of 500 on math for an exemption in math and/or
a minimum score of 500 on critical reading for an exemption in reading and writing
SAT - (Taken 3/5/16 or after)
a minimum of 480 on evidence-based reading and writing (EBRW) for an exemption in reading and writing
a minimum of 530 on math for an exemption in math
NOTE: Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable.
a minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math and/or
a minimum score of 2200 in English Language Arts, with an essay score of three (3) for an exemption in reading and writing
STAAR end-of-course assessment
STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI
Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
- Degree Exempt - Students who have an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally
accredited post-secondary institution or from a college recognized international institution
are exempt from all Texas Success Initiative requirements.
- Transfer Exempt/Passed - A student who has previously attended any institution and
has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. For students
meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics as defined in 4.59(d)(1)(B)
of the Texas Administrative Code (relating to Determination of Readiness to Perform
Entry-Level Freshman Coursework), institutions may choose to require additional preparatory
coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1314/1324.
It is the institution's responsibility to ensure that students are clearly informed
of the consequences of successful completion of a mathematics pathways model which
results in meeting the mathematics college readiness standard only for specific courses.
- Private/Out-of-State Transfer Exempt - Students who transfer from a regionally accredited
college or university and have earned at least three (3) semester hours of college
level credit in a designated college core class, are exempt upon entry. These credits
must be verified by an official transcript.
- Veteran Exempt - Students who were honorably discharged, retired or released from
active duty in the armed forces, Texas National Guard or any reserve component of
the armed forces on or after August 1, 1990 may be exempt. A DD214 showing discharge
status and date is required.
- Military Waiver - Students on active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National
Guard, or any reserve component of the armed forces and have been serving for at least
three (3) years preceding enrollment may be exempt.
- ESOL - Students in ESOL programs may be granted an ESOL waiver from TSI testing. The
ESOL waiver must be removed after the student attempts 15 hours of ESOL coursework/interventions,
or attempts entry level freshman coursework.
- Level One Certificate Waiver - A student who is enrolled in a certificate program
one year or less (Level One certificates are 42 or fewer semester credit hours or
- Students enrolled in any waived program are waived from TSI Assessment and any developmental
education. Course prerequisites will still apply, however. Students concurrently enrolled
in an active Associate Degree or Level Two Certificate program are not eligible for
The waiver applies only while pursuing the Level One certificates. See the ACC Catalog for a list of waived certificates.