Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
TSI Compliance Office
What is TSI?The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) took the place of TASP as of September 1, 2003. Under the Texas Success Initiative, any student who is not exempt is required to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), the Compass, Accuplacer, or Asset test to test for basic skills in the areas of reading, math, and writing.
TSI was implemented to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities possess the necessary academic skills to succeed. The THEA, Accuplacer, Asset or Compass tests are diagnostic assessments of reading, mathematics, and writing skills 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 in 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.