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 exemptions require a transcript; military exemptions require the DD214 form. STAAR scores may be sent directly to the Academic Advising Center. All exemptions are subject to verification by the TSI Coordinator.

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


Want to practice before taking the TSI Assessment? Here are a few websites you may find helpful:

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 successful completion of developmental coursework.

Note: Developmental courses do not transfer between schools. If you completed your developmental coursework at another institution, the college transcript must state that you are TSI Complete. If you took developmental coursework at another institution but did not finish, your coursework will be reviewed in determining your next level of developmental coursework you need to take at SFA.

MATH - There is an algebra track and a non-algebra track dependent upon your major. Each track has its own entry-level requirement that is determined by your highest TSI Assessment math score and/or completion of prior developmental coursework. Subsequent developmental or non-developmental math coursework is decided by your completion of this entry-level course. Both the algebra and non-algebra tracks have MTH 098, MTH 099, and combo-course components. Math and Majors

Math 098 courses are 3 hours and placement is dependent upon intended math track.

Math combo courses are 6 hours and meet four or five days a week (MTWR or MTWRF) depending on time of day classes are offered. These courses allow you to earn TSI math completion as well as credit for your college-level course in just one semester. The four / five day a week schedule provides you twice as much time to work but not twice the amount of work. There are specific times when these courses are offered and take priority over other classes offered at the same time.

-- IRW and ENG 131 Combo Tracks

IRW 099 - Integrated Reading and Writing is a 3 hour course for students needing developmental coursework for reading and/or writing.

IRW 099 / ENG 131 combo courses are 6 hours designed specifically for student who need developmental coursework for writing. The IRW 099 portion will meet the first half of the term and the ENG 131 portion will meet the second half of the term.

will only be determined after grades are posted for the current semester. If you want to register for the upcoming term before final grades are posted, your mid-term grades will be reviewed in determining developmental coursework pre-registration and you may be required to register again for developmental coursework. Once grades are posted, if you are TSI complete, you will need to contact the TSI office to have the course dropped from your schedule.

COST OF DEVELOPMENTAL COURSEWORK is the same as a regular class. 3-peat rules do apply for students repeating a course 3 or more times.

HOURS FOR DEVELOPMENTAL COURSEWORK are not calculated into your GPA; however, some majors may review these grades as part of acceptance into programs. Developmental coursework does not count toward graduation hours but does count toward attempted hours. The college-level class of the combo course does count in GPA, attempted and graduation hours.

Other factors that affect your TSI status and enrollment

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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