Success Initiative (TSI)
is a program mandated by Texas law
and its requirements apply to all students in Texas
public colleges and universities.
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.
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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
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.
be aware that developmental courses do not transfer
between colleges and universities, it is your TSI
status which will be reviewed.
exit-level TAKS, SAT and ACT tests:
Writing sections of the SAT/ACT are not
used in determining TSI exemption.
scores must be from the same testing date.
meet both the subject score and
the combined/composite score for exemption.
scores expire 3 years from test date; SAT, ACT
scores expire five years from test date.
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:
23 composite + 19 math = exempt from Math.
1070 combined + 500 verbal = exempt from Reading
is possible to be totally exempt from TSI testing
by combining partial exemptions.
you meet the score requirements for English/Verbal,
then you are exempt from testing in both writing and
exemptions: (applies to transfer students,
active/former military and non-degree seeking students)
possess an associate or baccalaureate degree (must
be verified by Admissions).
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
is a two-step process to obtaining TSI Assessment
You must complete a Pre-Assessment
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.
Take the TSI Assessment.
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.
may submit your scores by
fax 936-468-7611 or take a picture of your score
report and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
scores are required in ALL indicated areas
before your registration in classes can proceed.
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.
Choice + Essay*
If Essay score is 5 or higher, you are considered
Complete in Writing regardless of Multiple Choice
TSI Requirements with Coursework:
your current TSI testing score is below passing you
must enroll in the required developmental course(s).
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 above
in RDG 098, ENG 099 or MTH 099 as required.
Developmental coures do not transfer between
schools; it is your TSI status which will be reviewed.
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.
factors that affect your TSI status and enrollment:
who are not college ready must be enrolled in developmental
work immediately and continuously until they demonstrate
may not register for any credit-bearing course in
English or Math until you have been designated as
college ready in the discipline or are exempt from
TSI. Also some college-level courses require your
completion of all TSI requirements as a pre-requisite.
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.
you have any questions or concerns about TSI, please
do not hesitate to contact the
Academic Advising Center.