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Exemptions, Exceptions & Waivers

TSI Exemptions

All students taking college-level courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment requirements, unless they qualify for a TSI exemption, exception or waiver.

Official documents must be submitted to the Admissions and Registrar Office for determining exemption. Exemptions are permanent and do not need to be renewed each semester.

Score Exempt

Students who meet qualifying standards on the SAT, ACT or STAAR test may be eligible for an exemption.

Test Exemption Requirements Expiration
SAT There is no combined score, but you need:
  • At least 530 on math for an exemption in math

and/or

  • At least 480 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing for an exemption in reading and writing
Valid for 5 years
ACT A composite score of 23 with:
  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math

and/or

  • At least 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing
Valid for 5 years
STAAR End-of-Course Assessment:
  • Algebra II–Level 2
  • English III Reading–Level 2
Valid for 5 years
GED
(Effective May 12, 2021)
  • At least 165 on math for an exemption in math
  • At least 165 on Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) for an exemption in ELAR
Valid for 5 years
HiSET
(Effective May 12, 2021 until August 31, 2021)
  • At least 15 on math for an exemption in math
  • At least 15 on reading subtest and a minimum score of 15 on writing subtest (including a minimum score of 4 on the essay) for an exemption in ELAR
Valid for 5 years

Degree Exempt

Students who have earned an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or from a recognized international institution are exempt from all Texas Success Initiative requirements.

Transfer Exempt/Passed

Students whose previous Texas public college or university has determined that they have met minimum passing standards in reading, writing, and/or math are exempt in the curricular area/s indicated, but must develop and pursue an Academic Success Plan in any remaining area/s.

An official transcript or other appropriate documentation of status must be submitted.

Private/Out-of-State Transfer Exempt

Students who transfer from a regionally accredited college or university and have earned a grade of C in specific courses are exempt in the related TSI component.

An official transcript must be submitted.

Exempt for TSI Math

To be considered exempt for TSI Math, the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with grade of C or better:

  • MATH-1314 College Algebra
  • MATH-1316 Trigonometry
  • MATH-1324 Math for Business & Social Sciences
  • MATH-1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences
  • MATH-1350 Mathematics for Teachers I
  • MATH-1351 Mathematics for Teachers II
  • MATH-2305 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH-2318 Linear Algebra
  • MATH-2320 Differential Equations
  • MATH-2412 Pre-Calculus Math
  • MATH-2413 Calculus I
  • MATH-2414 Calculus II
  • MATH-2415 Calculus III

Exempt on the Non-Algebraic Pathway for TSI Math

To be considered exempt on the Non-Algebraic Pathway for TSI Math, the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with a grade of C or better:

  • MATH-1332 Contemporary Math (Quantitative Reasoning)
  • MATH-1342 Elementary Statistical Methods

Exempt for TSI English Language Arts and Reading

To be considered exempt for TSI English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR; formerly known as Reading and Writing, now one status), the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with grade of C or better:

  • ENGL-1301 Composition I
  • ENGL-1302 Composition II
  • ENGL-2322 British Literature I
  • ENGL-2323 British Literature II
  • ENGL-2327 American Literature I
  • ENGL-2328 American Literature II
  • ENGL-2332 World Literature I
  • ENGL-2333 World Literature II
  • GOVT-2305 Federal Government
  • GOVT-2306 Texas Government
  • HIST-1301 US History I
  • HIST-1302 US History II
  • PHIL-1301 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PSYC-2301 General Psychology
  • SOCI-1301 Introduction to Sociology

Course Exempt

Students who have completed a restricted course from a regionally accredited college or university earning a grade of C or higher are exempt in the curricular area of that course, but must develop and pursue an academic success plan with an advisor in any remaining area/s.

Veteran Exempt

Students who were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component of the armed forces, on or after August 1, 1990 may be exempt.

A DD214 form showing honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge status is required.

Military Waiver

Students on active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component may be exempt. A letter from the commanding officer is required.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides more details about exemptions, exceptions and waivers. (Link will open in a new window)

TSI Waivers and Exceptions

Waivers must be renewed each semester.

Certificate Waiver

Students who are pursuing a one-year certificate of completion of no more than 42 hours are temporarily relieved of remediation requirements of the TSI.

Students with certificate waivers may enroll only in courses included in their certificate program. There may be courses in the certificate program that require placement testing.

Casual Student Waiver

Students who are not seeking a degree or certificate from a Texas public institution of higher education may qualify for a casual student waiver.

Students enrolling with a casual student waiver cannot enroll for any TSI restricted course and are ineligible for federal or state financial aid.

Exceptions

In certain instances, a campus administrator can approve a delay in or change of a student's academic success plan, but TCC is still responsible for the outcomes of those decisions. Such decisions must include written justification recorded on the academic success plan.

Delays will not exceed one semester, and a copy must be retained with the student's academic success plan in the counseling center. The administrator who approved the delay or change should monitor the student's progress to ensure timely completion of requirements of the TSI.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides more details about exemptions, exceptions and waivers. (Link will open in a new window)

Updated October 18, 2021