Stephen F. Austin State University


Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI is a program mandated by Texas law and its requirements apply to all students in Texas public colleges and universities.

In order to help students be successful in their academic careers, the TSI program evaluates each student's abilities in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students are then assigned into the appropriate developmental coursework as necessary.

You may view your current/updated TSI Status online by logging on to your mySFA account. At the top of the page click on the Advising tab. Under the College Readiness section, click on "View TSI Status" link. You may also view what testing scores SFA currently has on file for you by clicking on the "View Your Test Scores" link.

Freshman Orientation -- It is your responsibility to have any required testing scores on file before attending orientation. Please fax any scores to 936-468-7611. Be sure to indicate on the score results your SFA ID number to make sure the scores are posted to your account; reports without a verifiable identification number will not be processed.

Transfer Students -- If you have not completed your TSI requirements in one or more areas, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s) at SFA during the first semester of your enrollment.

If the transcript that SFA has on file does not have your most recent TSI status, then be sure to either fax us the correct information or bring a copy of your updated transcript with you when you come to campus to be advised.

Please be aware that developmental courses do not transfer between colleges and universities, it is your TSI status which will be reviewed.

Exemptions from TSI

Using ACT and/or SAT scores

ACT (Composite, Math and English scores only)

SAT (Math and Critical Reading scores only) tests taken before March 2016


SAT beginning March 2016



Other Exemptions

  1. Your TSI status must be resolved BEFORE you will be allowed to register for courses at SFA. If you are transferring from an accredited Texas public college or university you must supply a transcript with your TSI status clearly indicated. Please be aware that many electronic transcripts sent between institutions may not have all information needed; a printed official transcript is preferred. If this transcript does not state that you are TSI Complete or Exempt in one or more areas, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course at SFA. Any TSI area deemed Not Complete must also be accompanied with TSI testing scores.
  2. If you want to be considered exempt from TSI testing in any of the above conditions, it is YOUR responsibility to provide official documentation to SFA's Office of Admissions. Most the exemptions require a transcript, while the military exemptions required the form DD214. STAAR scores may be sent directly to the Academic Advising Center. All exemptions are subject to verification by the Academic Advising Center.

TSI Testing

If you are not completely exempt from testing, it is your responsibility to arrange for testing and submit your results prior to being allowed to register for any classes at SFA.

Passing TSI Scores

*Prior to August 1, 2017 the passing Writing score was 363 + 4 essay; however, starting the fall 2017 semester, if you are enrolling in classes, you will be TSI Complete for Writing as long as you meet the new scores, even if you tested before August 1, 2017.

There is a two-step process to obtaining TSI Assessment scores:
  1. You must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)
    Go to to take the PAA specifically designed for SFA. Once you finish the Pre-Assessment Activity you will receive a Completion Certificate by email. PRINT OUT this certificate and put it in a safe place. You cannot test without this certificate! It is suggested that you do not delete the email you received containing the certificate. If you misplace your certificate and delete the email, you will have to take the PAA again to obtain another certificate. Testing centers cannot print out your Completion Certificate.
  2. Take the TSI Assessment

Completing TSI Requirements With Coursework

If your current TSI Assessment score is below passing you must enroll in the required developmental course(s). These courses are designed to help students improve their proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students must remain enrolled in the course(s) until they prove college readiness by earning a grade of C or higher in IRW 099 or MTH 099.

Note: Developmental courses do not transfer between schools; it is your TSI status which will be reviewed.

TSI Completion will only be determined after grades are posted for the current semester. If you want to pre-register for the upcoming semester then you will be required to register again for the not complete TSI area. Once grades are posted, if you are TSI complete, you will need to contact the Academic Advising Center to have the course dropped from your schedule.

Other factors that affect your TSI status and enrollment

Students who are required to take the TSI Assessment do NOT have the option to register for developmental coursework without testing first.

Students who are NOT college ready must be enrolled in the appropriate developmental coursework beginning the first semester of enrollment and must continue in developmental courses each proceeding semester until they demonstrate college readiness.

You may not register for any credit-bearing course in English or Math until you have been designated as College Ready in the discipline. Also, some college-level courses require your completion in ALL TSI requirements as a pre-requisite.

If you have any questions or concerns about TSI, please contact the Academic Advising Center.

Contact Information

Phone number: 936-468-5803

Fax number: 936-468-7611

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