TSI Eligibility for Dual Credit Students
Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 4.85, a high school student is eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if the student:
Demonstrates college readiness by achieving the minimum passing standard under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI):
For a period of 5 years from the date of testing a student who performs at or above the minimum required scores on one of the following assessments will not require additional college readiness testing:
Minimum Required Scores
|ACT||19 Math and 23 Composite||19 Verbal and 23 Composite||19 Verbal and 23 Composite|
|SAT (prior to March 5, 2016)||500 Math and 1070 Composite*||500 Verbal and 1070 Composite*||500 Verbal and 1070 Composite|
|SAT (on/after March 5, 2016)||530 Math||480 Evidenced Based Read/Write||480 Evidenced Based Read/Write|
|TAKS (11th Grade)||2200 Math||2200 ELA and 3 Essay||2200 ELA and 3 Essay|
|STAAR||Level 2 (4000) Algebra II||Level 2 (4000) English III||Level 2 (4000) English III|
|TSI Assessment||350 Math||351 Read||340 M/C and 4 Essay; or less than 340 M/C and ABE LVL 4, and 5 Essay|
*SAT Composite Score = Critical Reading score [formerly Verbal] + Mathematics score.
Or, demonstrates that he/she may be exempt under one of the following provisions:
- A non-degree or non-certificate seeking student.
- 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.
- Determined TSI complete by any Texas public institution of higher education.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Successfully completed a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code 28.014 is exempt for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course.
A high school student is also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses via an applied waiver under the following conditions:
- Courses that require reading/writing TSI complete:
- if the student achieves a Level II final recommended score (4000) on the English II STAAR; or
- if the student achieves a combined score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on the reading test on a PSAT/NMSQT exam administered prior to October 15, 2015; or
- if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an English score of 435 on the ACT-Aspire.
- Courses that require mathematics TSI complete:
- if the student achieves a Level II final recommended score (4000) on the Algebra I STAAR and a passing grade in the Algebra II course; or
- if the student achieves one of the following scores on the (mixing or combining scores from the PSAT/NMSQT administered prior to October 15, 2015 and the PSAT/NMSQT administered on or after October 15, 2015 is not allowable.):
- a combined score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on the mathematics test on a PSAT/NMSQT exam administered prior to October 15, 2015; or
- a score of 510 on the mathematics test on a PSAT/NMSQT exam administered on or after October 15, 2015; or
- if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or a mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire.
- An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course via an applied waiver and does not earn a grade of C or better must re-demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses within the same subject area.
Students who are enrolled in private or non-accredited secondary schools or who are home-schooled must satisfy TSI requirements.
To be eligible for enrollment in a dual credit course offered by a public college, students must meet all the college's regular prerequisite requirements designated for that course.
An institution may impose additional requirements for enrollment in courses for dual credit that do not conflict with the aforementioned rules.