Test TypeReadingWritingMath
ACT*23 Composite with 19 English23 Composite with 19 Math
SAT* (scores valid prior to March 2016)1070 combine with 500 Verbal/Critical Reading1070 with 500 Math
SAT* (scores valid after March 2016)EBRW: 480MATH: 530
STAAR****English III: Level II: 4000+Algebra II: Level II 4000+
High School Equivalency*
GED (effective May 12, 2021)
Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA): 165Math: 165
HiSET(effective May 12, 2021)
Reading: 15Writing: 15Math: 15

Scores must be no more than 5yrs. old

*ACT - a combined score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on English and math grants a full exemption. A combined score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on English grants a partial exemption in English; a combined score of 23 or higher with a minimum score of 19 on math grants a partial exemption in math. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

*SAT - Scores valid prior to March 2016: A combined score of 1070 or higher with a minimum of 500 on both CriticalReading and math grants a full exemption. A combined score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on Critical Reading grants a partial exemption in English; a combined score of 1070 or higher with a minimum score of 500 on math grants a partial exemption in math. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

          Scores valid after March 2016- A minimum score of 480 on the EBRW with a minimum of a 530 on MATH.

****STAAR end-of-course (EOC)- with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for the math section for a period of 5 years from the date of testing.

*High School Equivalency (effective May 12, 2021)- Students who meet the college readiness benchmarks on the state’s approved high school equivalency (HSE) tests will qualify for a TSI exemption. The high school equivalency test exemptions are valid up to five (5) years from date of testing. While the date of testing can be anytime within the five (5) year time frame, applicability for TSI purposes and placements starts May 12, 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE: HiSET has informed the Texas Education Agency that it will no longer administer its test after 8/31/21. Therefore, HiSET scores with test administration dates after August 31, 2021 will no longer be useable for the TSI exemption.

GED
  • A minimum score of 165 on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test shall be exempt for mathematics.
  • A minimum score of 165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) subject test shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR).

HiSET

  • A minimum score of 15 on the Mathematics subtest shall be exempt for mathematics.
  • A minimum score of 15 on the Reading subtest and a minimum score of 15 on the Writing subtest, including a minimum score of 4 on the essay, shall be exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR).

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