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The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program which was developed by the 78th Texas State Legislature (and modified in 2013) under which all undergraduate students, who are not exempt, are required to take the TSI Assessment.
The basic skills tested are reading, writing and mathematics. The writing component includes an essay. Students who fail a section of the TSI Assessment may be required to enroll in a developmental course(s) in that area.
IMPORTANT! Students who do not have test scores on file will not be allowed to register for classes, unless they are exempt. Therefore, prospective students should provide proof of an exemption or schedule to take the TSI Assessment as soon as possible so that scores will be available in time for orientation and registration.
Check your specific TSI status on WebWorld: Current MSU students and newly admitted students can check their TSI status on WebWorld through the MSU Portal. Login and then on the left side under QuickLaunch Navigation, click on Student Records, then TSI, Drop Limit and Core Curriculum.
Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA): Students who must take the TSI Assessment are first required to complete the online Pre-Assessment Activity. The PAA gives information about the TSI Assessment, what to expect, sample questions, and resources which MSU offers. Before taking the PAA, make sure you know your TSI status and if you are required to test and for which sections. When ready to take the PAA, open either a Firefox or Google Chrome browser and go to: https://secure.mwsu.edu/registrar/paa/slides.asp (For formatting purposes, it is important to only use the web browser of Firefox or Google Chrome.) The PAA is required prior to taking the TSI Assessment.
Students who were officially enrolled in a Texas public college or university prior to Fall 2013 or those who registered prior to late registration for Fall 2013: Students under the former TSI rules were allowed to take the following assessment tests to demonstrate their level of college readiness in math and English: THEA (formerly TASP), Accuplacer, Asset, or Compass. Students transferring to MSU from a Texas public college or university, having already completed TSI, will be coded as TSI complete at MSU. Any student wanting to retest must use the new TSI Assessment.
|TEST||PASSING SCORE LEVELS|
Phase I (Fall 2013-Summer 2017):
Reading - 351
Writing score of at least 350 and an essay of at least 5; OR
The following former TSI tests are no longer given. This reference is left for any currently enrolled or transfer students from Texas public colleges or universities who may have previously taken one of these tests:
(Texas Higher Education Assessment)
|Reading - 230|
Mathematics - 230*
Writing - 220
*270 or higher required for college-level math. Scoring between 230-269 will require MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite.
|ACCUPLACER||Reading - 78|
Elementary Algebra - 63*
Written Essay - 6 (or 5 essay with an 80 on Sentence Skills)
*90 or higher required for college-level math. Scoring between 63-89 will require MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite.
|ASSET||Reading - 41|
Elementary Algebra - 38*
Written Essay - 6 (or 5 essay with 40 on Writing Skills)
*MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra required as a prerequisite.
|COMPASS||Reading - 81|
Algebra - 39*
Written Essay - 6 (or 5 essay with 59 on Writing Skills)
*MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra required as a prerequisite.
Students are exempt from TSI requirements if they meet any of the following:
The TSI Assessment is administered via appointment (regular office hours) in the MSU Testing Office. To schedule an appointment, call 940-397-4676. For additional TSI Assessment information, please visit the Testing website.
Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA): Students who must take the TSI Assessment are first required to complete the online Pre-Assessment Activity. Before taking the PAA, make sure you know your TSI status and if you are required to test and for which sections. When ready to take the PAA, open either a Firefox or Google Chrome brower and go to: https://secure.mwsu.edu/registrar/paa/slides.asp (For formatting purposes, it is important to only use the web browser of Firefox or Google Chrome.) The PAA is required prior to taking the TSI Assessment.
Taking the TSI Assessment during the week of orientation may require late registration and/or schedule changes. There is no guarantee that you will be allowed to add additional courses once the designated registration dates have passed. Please check with the Registrar's Office if you have questions.
courses required if a section of a TSI test is failing:
Reading*: ENGL 1013 - Introduction to College Reading
Writing*: ENGL 1003 - Introduction to College Composition
*Beginning Spring 2014: new English developmental course for students who fail Reading, Writing, or both:
ENGL 1014 - Integrated Reading and Writing
Mathematics: Math 0003 - Beginning Algebra, then MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra.
Developmental enrollment in the deficient area(s) is required each semester and summer term, if offered. If a student has failed more than one section, it is recommended that developmental courses be taken in all respective areas; however, enrollment in at least one is required.
Once the student has passed the required developmental course(s) with a grade of C or better, they will have completed the requirements for the Texas Success Initiative.
Who must retest?
A student may retake the TSI Assessment at any time, subject to availability, to determine the student's readiness to perform freshman-level academic course work.
If students pass a retest, then they have completed that section of the TSI requirements. If they do not pass or do not attempt a retest, then the grades in their required developmental courses are reviewed. When students have passed the respective developmental course work with a grade of "C" or better, they will have completed that section of the Texas Success Initiative and will be released for college-level work in that area.
If you have questions or need additional information regarding the Texas Success Initiative requirements, please contact the MSU Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-397-4320.