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Placement Tests

ALL UNDERGRADUATE students, including international students, who attend a state-supported college or university in the state of Texas must meet TSI Requirements. TSI ensures that students enrolled in all Texas public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college-level course work. TSI tests cover three sections: reading, mathematics and writing skills. For undergraduate students whose native language is not English, this test is still required even though TOEFL scores may show proficiency in the English language. 

  The following exemptions apply:

  • SAT - Verbal 500 with Composite of 1070 / Math 500 with Composite of 1070
  • ACT - English 19 with Composite of 23 / Math 19 with Composite of 23
  • TAKS - Verbal 2200 with a 3 or higher on the essay / Math 2200
  • Military honorable discharge, retired or released after 1990*
  • Transfer from an accredited (private or out-of-state) institution at which the student has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by TWU
  • Academic Associate's or Bachelor's degree (from a Texas public institution)
  • Transfer from an institution at which the student has met readiness standards by that institution (Texas public)
  • Enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less at a public junior college, public technical institute, or public state college.
  • Currently serving and, for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States

Students who feel that they are exempt from TSI based on one of these exemptions will need to bring proof of exemption to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (link to prior to registering for classes.

In addition to the TOEFL and TSI tests, certain students (primarily freshmen students) may be required to take the Math and English placement test after arrival on campus. All students, with science majors, that are undergraduate take the Science placement test after arrival on campus. If you are required to take these brief, on-campus assessment tests, you will be notified during your advising session prior to registration.

For more information visit Academic Advising website.


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