Stephen F. Austin State University


Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI testing is MANDATORY testing unless you qualify for an exemption.

TSI is a state-mandated program designed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help students succeed in their postsecondary studies. The program evaluates each student's abilities in the areas of mathematics, reading and writing to determine college readiness. Students are then assigned into appropriate foundational/support coursework as necessary. TSI requirements apply to all students in Texas public colleges and universities.

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 submit any required testing scores to the TSI office before attending orientation. Please fax any scores to 936-468-7611 or email to 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. Anyone not attending an orientation must still submit any required testing scores to the TSI office before being allowed to register for any classes.

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 coursework at SFA starting 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 or email the Student Success Center the correct information or bring a copy of your updated college 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.

SFA does NOT accept college-prep coursework taken at any high school or through any entity such as Texas College Bridge or Greenlight.

Exemptions from TSI

Using ACT and/or SAT scores

ACT (Composite, Math and English scores only)

new SAT beginning March 2016



Other Exemptions


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

Test prior to January 11, 2021

Test beginning January 11, 2021

TSI scores expire 5 years from testing date.

*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?

TSIA2 Learning Resources Information

Completing TSI Requirements With Coursework

If your current TSI Assessment scores are below passing, you must enroll in the required foundational/support coursework starting your first semester of enrollment. These courses are designed to help students improve their proficiency in math and reading and writing. Students must remain enrolled in the TSI coursework until they prove college readiness by successful completion of the 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 your took developmental coursework at another institution but did not finish, your coursework will be reviewed in determining the next level of TSI coursework you need to take at SFA.

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 MATH 0398 and corequisite course components. Math and Majors

If you CHANGE YOUR MAJOR, it is your responsibility to contact the TSI office to determine if you need to change the math track.

Math corequisite 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. There are specific times when these courses are offered and take priority over other classes offered at the same time. On your schedule, the math will be shown as two separate math classes which are linked together to form the co-requisite coursework. The grade in the MATH 0199 portion of the corequisite coursework is determined by the grade earned in the college-level math course.

READING/WRITING -- INRW 0399 / ENGL 1301 track

TSI COMPLETION 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 next-term schedule.

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

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 your GPA, attempted, and graduation hours.

from an accredited college or university may be used to satisfy TSI requirements.

Other factors that affect your TSI status and enrollment

If you have any questions or concerns about TSI, please contact the Student Success Center.

Contact Information

Phone number: 936-468-5803

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