The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was implemented to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities possess the necessary academic skills to succeed. The state of Texas requires each student to complete the TSI Pre-Assessment activity prior to taking the TSI Assessment test. The TSI Assessment test is a diagnostic assessment used to determine college readiness in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing and must be taken by all entering undergraduate students without exempt or waived statuses.
TSI test scores are not used to determine admissions status; however, entering students must test before enrolling in college-level courses at any Texas public institution of higher education. Students who have tested but have not attained the established minimum scores on one or more sections of the test are required by Texas Law to obtain TSI advising and to enroll in a formal program of skills development each semester until they have passed all sections of the test. Assigned skills development must be completed as a condition of enrollment.