Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The purpose of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is to grant institutions of higher education the flexibility and responsibility to improve individualized programs and ensure the success of students in higher education.

New-to-college students are required to take a placement test to determine if developmental courses are needed in reading, writing or mathematics.

All students must meet the following requirements before enrolling in restricted courses:

  • Take a state-approved placement test in reading, writing and math, unless the student qualifies for an exemption, waiver or exception; or,
  • Successfully complete non credit developmental courses to enroll in restricted courses.

The TSI Assessment is the state-approved placement test offered at TCC. To satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and course prerequisite requirements, you must meet or exceed the following minimum passing standards:

TSI Assessment College Readiness Standards

Subject Area Minimum Passing Score
Mathematics 350
Reading 351

Placement score of at least 350 and an essay score of at least 5
Placement score of at at least 363 and an essay score of 4
Placement score of less than 350 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4 and an essay score of at least 5



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Updated June 03, 2015


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