TSI Assessment Information for Dual Credit

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A high school student interested in earning dual credit must demontrate that he or she is college ready - just as any entering freshman would.  The Texas Success Initiative - a Texas state law - requires that all college students be assessed for college readiness.  Students may be exempt from this assessment requirement.


  • Exit TAKS ELA/Writing 2200/3, Math 2200
  • STAAR EOC English III Reading and Writing 4000, EOC Algebra II 4000
  • STAAR EOC English II Reading 2000, Writing 2000, EOC Algebra II 4000 (cannot use English II EOC scores to demonstrate eligibility as a senior if student was not enrolled in dual credit as a junior with English II scores)
  • SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing 480, Math 530
  • ACT Composite 23, English 19, Math 19
  • PSAT Combined 107, ELA 50, Math 50 (must demonstrate eligibility by other means as a senior) (not valid if taken after September, 2015)
  • PLAN Composite 23, English 19, Math 19 (must demonstrate eligibility by other means as a senior)
  • ASPIRE (English 435, Math 431)

If not exempt from the assessment requirement, the TSI assessment (TSIA) must be taken.  Prior to taking the TSIA, all students are required to complete a pre-assessment activity (PAA).

Pre-Assessment Activity

The Sul Ross PAA can be found here:  http://www.sulross.edu/page/2559/why-placement-testing.  Reading the information on this page is the PAA, so it is important that all the information on this page then follow the link found at the bottom for certification of PAA completion. 

The first question asked on the TSIA is if you have participated in a PAA.  You will not be permitted to proceed if you answer "no" to this question.

Take the Test

Sul Ross State University offers the TSIA on the Alpine campus.  Call Testing Services at (432) 837-8178 to schedule an appointment.  You may also e-mail them at testing@sulross.edu or visit them on the Web at http://www.sulross.edu/page/113/testing-services for more information.  Testing Services will verify that you have completed the PAA prior to administering the test.  If you have not done so, you will have an opportunity to complete the activity before taking the test.

Check Your Scores

The minimum scores for college readiness are as follows:

Reading - 351 or higher
Writing - a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5
Math - 350 or higher

For more information on how to interpret your scores, go to TSI Interpreting Your Score.