Exemptions & College Ready Scores

For a period of 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:

Assessment  Mathematics  Reading  Writing 
ACT (prior to Feb. 15, 2023) 19 Math and 23 Composite  19 Verbal and 23 Composite  19 Verbal and 23 Composite 
ACT (post Feb. 15, 2023) 22 Math 40 Combined ENG/READ 40 Combined ENG/READ
SAT 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
GED 165 Math 165 RLA 165 RLA
HiSet 15 Math 15 Read 15 M/C and 4 Essay
STAAR  Level 2 (4000) Algebra II  Level 2 (4000) English III  Level 2 (4000) English III 
TSIA  350 Math  351 Read  340 M/C and 4 Essay; or less than 340 M/C and ABE LVL 4, and 5 Essay 


950; or less than 950 and Diagnostic Level 6

English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)

945 M/C and 5 Essay; or less than 945 M/C and Diagnostic Level 5, and 5 Essay

*SAT Composite Score - Critical Reading score [formerly Verbal] + Mathematics score.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides this brochure for interpreting your TSI Assessment Scores.

For a period of 3 years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, at Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and an 89 on the reading test will not require testing.

Or, a student meeting any one of the following criteria below may 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 the last 3 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.
  8. Successfully completed a college preparatory course (including Texas College Bridge) under Texas Education Code §28.014 is exempt for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student's first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. 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. 

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