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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI is a program mandated by Texas law and its requirements apply to all students in Texas public colleges and universities.

In order to help students be successful in their academic careers, the TSI program evaluates each student's abilities in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Students are then assigned into the appropriate developmental coursework as necessary.

You may view your current TSI Status online by logging on to your mySFA account, click on the Self-Service link, click on the Student tab, click on the Student Records link and click on the View Student Information link. Choose the most current term (if applicable) and click the Submit button. Your TSI Status is located at the bottom of the page. You may also view what testing scores that SFA currently has on file for you: after clicking on the Student Records link, click on the View Your Test Scores link.

Freshman Orientation
-- It is your responsibility to have any required testing scores on file before attending orientation. Please fax any scores to 936-468-7611.
Be sure to indicate on the score results your SFA ID number to make sure the scores are posted to your account; reports without a verifiable identification number will not be processed.

Transfer Students
-- If you have not completed your TSI requirements in one or more areas, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s) at SFA during the first semester of your enrollment.

If the transcript that SFA has on file does not have your most recent TSI status, then be sure to either fax us the correct information or be sure to bring a copy of your updated transcript with you when you come to campus to be advised.

Please be aware that developmental courses do not transfer between colleges and universities, it is your TSI status which will be reviewed.

Exemptions from TSI using ACT, SAT, and STAAR tests:


  • The Writing sections of the ACT/SAT are not used in determining TSI exemption.
  • Must meet both the subject score and the combined/composite score on the same testing date for exemption.


You may earn partial exemption from TSI testing by meeting both the combined or composite score AND the subject score from the same testing date. For example:

  • ACT 23 composite + 19 math = exempt from Math.

  • SAT 1070 combined + 500 verbal = exempt from Reading and Writing.

It is possible to be totally exempt from TSI testing by combining partial exemptions.

If you meet the score requirements for English/Verbal, then you are exempt from testing in both writing and reading.


Other exemptions: (applies to transfer students, active/former military and non-degree seeking students)

  • You possess an associate or baccalaureate degree (must be verified by Admissions) from an accredited institution of higher education as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • You are not a degree-seeking student.

  • You have met collegiate readiness standards at another public college or university in Texas (must be documented on transcript or addendum).

    NOTE: Your TSI status must be resolved BEFORE you will be allowed to register for courses at SFA. If you are transferring from an accredited Texas public college or university you must supply a transcript with your TSI status clearly indicated. Please be aware that many electronic transcripts sent between institutions may not have all information needed, a printed official transcript is preferred. If this transcript does not state that you are TSI Complete or Exempt in one or more areas, you will be required to enroll in developmental courses at SFA regardless of earn college-credit.

  • You have earned college-level credit from a private or out-of-state accredited higher education institution in Reading, Writing and Mathematics with a grade of "C" or higher in each course. Note: Only certain courses may be used for this exemption, contact the Academic Advising Center to see if any of your courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.

  • You are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces, Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces and have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

  • You have been honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces or the Texas National Guard on or after August 1, 1990.

If you want to be considered exempt from testing by any of the above conditions, it is YOUR responsibility to provide official documentation to SFA's Office of Admissions. Most of the mentioned exemptions require a transcript, while the military exemptions require the form DD214. All exemptions are subject to verification by SFA's Academic Advising Center.


Please note: regardless of exemption, testing is required of students seeking admission into a teacher education program. Contact the College of Education for details.


If you are not completely exempt from testing,
it is your responsibility to arrange for testing and submit your results prior to being allowed to register for any classes at SFA.

There is a two-step process to obtaining TSI Assessment scores:

Step 1: You must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).

Go to to take the PAA specifically designed for SFA. Once you finish the Pre-Assessment Activity you will receive a Completion Certificate by email. PRINT OUT this certificate and put it in a safe place. You cannot test without this certificate! It is suggested that you do not delete the email you received containing the certificate. If you misplace your certificate and delete the email, you will have to take the PAA again to obtain another certificate. Testing centers cannot print out your Completion Certificate.

Step 2: Take the TSI Assessment.

Contact your local college about testing availability in your area and schedule the TSI Assessment. Take your PRINTED Pre-Assessment Activity Completion Certificate to your testing appointment. You cannot test without this certificate. You will get a score report when you finish testing.

  • You may submit your scores by fax 936-468-7611 or take a picture of your score report and email it to  Be sure to indicate on the score results your SFA ID number to make sure the scores are posted to your account; reports without a verifiable identification number will not be processed.

  • If you are unable to schedule a testing session at your local college, you will need to contact SFA's Testing Center to arrange to test at SFA. SFA's Testing Center will accept PAAs from other schools, but you must have the Completion Certificate in your hand to show to the testing proctor when you arrive to test at SFA.

  • Testing scores are required in ALL indicated areas before your registration in classes can proceed.
  • Scores from the TSI Assessment must be verified and on file with the Academic Advising Center prior to enrolling in any coursework.

  • TSI testing does not affect your admission to SFA; it is used only for placement purposes.



Passing TSI Scores

Multiple Choice  + Essay*
TSI Assessment
    363      +        4
* If Essay score is 5 or higher, you are considered Complete in Writing regardless of Multiple Choice score.

Completing TSI Requirements with Coursework:

If your current TSI testing score is below passing you must enroll in the required developmental course(s). These courses are designed to help students improve their proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. Students must remain enrolled in these courses until they prove college readiness by earning a grade of C or higher in IRW 099 or MTH 099 as required.

NOTE: Developmental coures do not transfer between schools; it is your TSI status which will be reviewed.



TSI Completion will only be determined after grades are posted for the current semester. If you want to pre-register for the upcoming semester, then you will be required to register again for the not complete TSI area. Once grades are posted, if you are TSI complete, you will need to contact the Academic Advising Center to have the course dropped from your schedule.

Other factors that affect your TSI status and enrollment:

Students who are NOT college ready must be enrolled in developmental work immediately and continuously until they demonstrate college readiness.

You may not register for any credit-bearing course in English or Math until you have been designated as College Ready in the discipline. Also, some college-level courses require your completion of all TSI requirements as a pre-requisite.

Students who have completed 12 or more credit hours at SFA (exclusive of 098, 099) are not required to register for developmental courses during summer. Students with fewer credit hours must register for one developmental course during the first term of summer enrollment.


If you have any questions or concerns about TSI, please do not hesitate to contact the
Academic Advising Center.

Contact Information

Phone number: 936-468-5803

Fax number: 936-468-7611

Email address:


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Phone: 936-468-5803


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