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Purpose and Importance

The TSI Assessment is a placement test designed to assist Texas higher education institutions in determining student readiness for college level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. All incoming college students attending a public higher education institution in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless exempt via an alternate approved method. (See below)

If you are not exempt from taking the TSI Assessment, you will take the TSI Assessment which covers three subject areas: reading, mathematics, and writing. If you have an exemption in one area, you will only take the test in the remaining subject area(s). Students that do not meet the minimum score indicating college readiness are required to enroll in Developmental Education coursework – in the area in which they are not TSI complete. (See Section III for Developmental Education information)

Students are not permitted to enter college-level courses without evidence that they possess the basic skills necessary to have a reasonable chance of success; as such, students are not permitted to be enrolled in college-level and developmental work in the same content area simultaneously. The student will not be TSI complete until the developmental coursework sequence is completed in the necessary area or until the student obtains a college-ready score on the TSI Assessment.

It is important you take the test seriously and take your time – as all three subject areas are not timed. This assessment will determine your readiness in college level coursework and achieving a college-level score will exempt you from having to enroll in developmental coursework. Use the practice links listed in Section II and familiarize yourself with the subject areas.

After you have completed the test, your scores will be printed and delivered to you on site.

Please see your academic advisor after taking the test regarding placement, registration, and next steps. GOOD LUCK!

TSI Assessment College Ready Cut-Scores

Assessment College Ready Score
Mathematics 350
Reading 351
Writing Essay 5 or 363 Multiple Choice and 4 Essay

STUDENT INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE from the Texas Higher Education College Board.

TSI Exemptions

For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing a student who performs at or above the minimum required scores (per subject area) on one of the following assessments will not require TSI testing:

Minimum Required Scores:

ACT 19 Math and 23 Composite 19 Verbal and 23 Composite 19 Verbal and 23 Composite
SAT 500 Math and 1070 Composite 500 Verbal and 1070 Composite
(Composite Score = Critical Reading [formerly "Verbal"] + Mathematics)
500 Verbal and 1070 Composite
(Composite Score = Critical Reading [formerly "Verbal"] + Mathematics)
11th Grade
2200 Math 2200 ELA and 3 Essay 2200 ELA and 3 Essay
STAAR Level 2 (3750) Algebra II Level 2 (1950) English III Level 2 (1950) English III

Example: Jill Pioneer's ACT scores are 20 Math, 17 Verbal and 22 Composite. Jill will be required to complete TSI testing for the following subject areas:

  • Math - while Jill's math score of 20 is acceptable, she does not meet the required 23 composite.
  • Reading - Jill's scores are below the minimum on both verbal and composite.
  • Writing - Jill's scores are below the minimum on both verbval and composite.

Or, a student meeting any one of the criteria below will not require TSI testing:

  1. A non-degree or non-certificate seeking student.
  2. Holds an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Transcripts must be filed with the Office of Admissions Processing for verification purposes.
  3. Determined TSI complete by any Texas public institution of higher education.
  4. Enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.
  5. Serves on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Students must file a Verification of Active Duty form each semester with the TWU Veteran’s Program Office.
  6. Holds an honorable discharge, retirement, or release from active duty (on or after August 1, 1990) as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. A copy of the DD214 form showing this status is required and must be filed with the TWU Veteran’s Program Office.
  7. Satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in courses that are recognized as requiring college-level reading, writing and/or mathematical skills as approved by Texas Woman's University.

II. Developmental Education

Students required to take the TSI must pass developmental education courses for each area in which they do not reach college-ready cut scores. Students who need to take developmental writing may complete that requirement by passing ENGL 1003 (Introduction to Writing) at Texas Woman’s University or by passing the highest level of developmental coursework in writing at a community college. Students who score below college ready in writing may, if their domain scores are at least Limited Proficient in all areas (Sentence Structure, Agreement, Sentence Logic, and Essay Revision), be provided the option of taking an ENGL 1013 “S” course. The “S” course earns students credit for Composition I course, but the class has smaller class sizes and supplemental instruction outside of class time, including required Write Site appointments and office-hour visits.

Texas Woman’s University provides options to prepare students that have not demonstrated readiness for college level mathematics for future success in those courses. These options include a two course developmental mathematics sequence, Math 1113 and Math 1123, with placement in these courses based on TSIA scores. Students successfully completing the second course will be eligible to register for college level mathematics courses. For students whose TSIA score is not at the college readiness level, but is within an acceptable range, the university also offers a non-course based option allowing students to register for a specific core mathematics course by signing a contract committing the student to a planned program of supplemental instruction and tutoring.

III. Campus and Community Resources

Mathematics and Technology Success Center provides individual and group tutoring for undergraduate courses involving mathematics and/or technology. Tutoring is provided for TWU students who are enrolled in math and technology courses or enrolled in any courses with math or technology components.
The Science Learning Resource Center serves students enrolled in science courses with tutoring, self-help, and a variety of free resources including:
  • Supplemental handouts and study guides
  • Assistance with improving study skills and problem-solving techniques
  • Assistance with working example problems from the text, and/or class notes
  • Access to models, flashcards, kits, videos and science reference material
  • Access to selected textbooks
The Write Site assists individual students who need to improve their writing skills with guidance through the writing process, assistance in writing, and a variety of tools and techniques for improving written work including:
  • Individualized or group face-to-face writing instruction
  • Online writing instruction through the Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  • Workshops or seminars related to thesis development, documentation, plagiarism, and other topics
  • Resource materials and software programs in support of writing instruction.
The Office of Career Services assists students by functioning as a liaison between the University and the world of work. The mission is to provide career-planning activities and programs to educate, develop, and assist students, both on-campus and at a distance, to successfully meet the challenges of an ever-changing world of work.
The Counseling Center is designated to provide psychological services solely to students. These services are designed to help students achieve their educational goals, learn the process of problem solving and decision making, develop the capacity for satisfying relationships, and learn to make full use of their potential for continued growth beyond their educational experience.
There are no additional costs to students for counseling services. Currently enrolled students are eligible for 12 individual therapy sessions each academic year. Because counseling is a personal matter, the Counseling Center maintains strict confidentiality to the limits provided by law. Immediate assistance is also available on a walk-in basis for students experiencing crisis situations and an on-call therapist is available after hours.
In addition to clinical services, the Counseling Center offers workshops and training seminars for faculty, residence hall groups, campus organizations and the campus community. A variety of printed material is available for students. To assist TWU’s distance education students, the Counseling Center also offers an extensive website that contains self-help materials, current group offerings, and more.
Disability Support Services (DSS) is designated to respond to the specific needs of students with disabilities. The Office acts as the centralized clearing house for those academic adjustments that will most appropriately meet each student’s needs. DSS facilitates services that ensure students will have access to academic programs and services while providing the assistance and encouragement needed to meet the challenges of university life. DSS assists students with disabilities by providing:
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Carbonless note taking paper
  • Testing accommodations
  • Services to ensure equal access to university programs
  • Recommendations for appropriate academic support services
  • Referrals for other services on campus and in the community
The Clubhouse is a recreational program designed for school age children between the ages of 5 and 12 of enrolled TWU students with priority given to TWU students living on campus in family housing. Non-students affiliated with TWU will be considered on a space available basis. Clubhouse hours vary by semester. Please visit their web site for more information.
Transportation is important to all students. Utilize TWU’s Commuter Services Transportation site to find information about campus parking, public transportation (DCTA, A-Train, and transportation maps), maps to local airports, carpooling and more.

V. TWU TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you attempt the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. Texas Woman's University is required by state law to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation; therefore, it is very important that you complete this activity prior to your test date.
You will not be allowed to register for the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity.
I certify that I have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity. I have prepared by doing sample questions and understand the consequences of not preparing for the TSI Assessment