Hill College

Texas Success Initiative

Texas State Initiative (TSI)

The State of Texas requires that all undergraduate students entering public colleges and universities in Texas have the skills necessary to perform effectively in college-level coursework. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is the program that administers testing to measure college-level readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing.

All incoming students, unless EXEMPT, must take a TSI Assessment prior to registering for classes. You will not be allowed to enroll in college level Math, Reading or Writing intensive courses until TSI requirements have been met. Once you have met these requirements, you will be considered “TSI complete” and allowed to enroll in college level courses in these areas.

You may enroll at Hill College before you become TSI complete; however, you may be required to register for developmental coursework as condition of your enrollment.

TSI Assessments

TSI Assessment

  • TSI Assessment offered in the Testing Center at Hill College
  • Must see an advisor and take the pre-assessment to receive a testing referral
  • Must make an appointment with the Testing Center to take the TSI Assessment
  • Cost $39 and must make payment prior to taking the test
  • Consists of 4 parts: Essay, Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Elementary Algebra
  • Not timed
Study Tool:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

Passing Scores

TSI Assessment

Math: 350 or higher

Reading:  351 or higher

Writing:  Essay 5 or higher OR 4 and 340

Testing Exemptions

Students are exempt from individual areas of testing if any one of the following is met:

READING

ACT: Composite 23 and English 19

SAT: Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500

TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3

MATH

ACT: Composite 23 and Math 19

SAT: Composite 1070* and Math 500

TAKS: Math 2200

WRITING

ACT: Composite 23 and English 19

SAT: Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500

TAKS: ELA 2200 & Writing Essay score 3

*SAT Composite = Critical Reading plus Math

ACT and SAT scores are valid for a period of five (5) years from date taken. TAKS test scores are valid for a period of five (5) years from date taken.

Exemptions Due to Other Factors

Students are exempt from TSI Testing if any one of the following is met:

A student who is enrolled in a Level 1 Certificate of Completion program.

A student who has graduated with a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally accredited institution

A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

A student who transfers from a private or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by Hill College.

A student who has previously attended another Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. TSI information is often not included on transcripts, so you may need to provide proof of test scores or other documentation.

A student who is serving 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 (3) years preceding enrollment.

A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

If you are unsure of your exemption status, please contact any of the Academic Advising and Success Centers, at (254) 659-7650 (Hill County Campus), (817) 760-5650 (Johnson County Campus), or (817) 295-7392 (Burleson Center).