Texas Tech University

TSI Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about TSI. For more information, contact the TSI Skills Development Office at tsi@ttu.edu or (806) 742-3242.

What is TSI?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-mandated developmental education program that provides support to students who have not demonstrated college-readiness in reading, writing, or mathematics. TSI at Texas Tech University creates customized academic support plans for developmental coursework in these key areas to ensure students will be successful in their selected academic majors and beyond.

Who can I talk to about TSI?

Find out if you are TSI Complete, if you need to take the TSI Assessment, and turn in TSI test scores and exemptions:
TSI Compliance Office
West Hall 103A
(806) 834-3491
registrar.tsi@ttu.edu

Take the TSI Assessment or learn more about taking the TSI Assessment at TTU or where you live:
Academic Testing Center
West Hall 214
(806) 742-3671
testing@ttu.edu

Schedule TSI Advising, get help registering for TSI courses, and learn more about TSI coursework:
TSI Skills Development Office
Holden Hall 78
(806) 742-3242
tsi@ttu.edu

Why do I have to take TSI?

The State of Texas requires that all students who do not pass one or more areas of the TSI Assessment to be placed into an academic support program to improve individual skill sets in reading, writing and/or mathematics. Proper placement into entry-level coursework increases a student's ability to graduate in four years from 30% to 60%. TSI advisors use multiple measures of placement to create a customized plan for academic success. TSI coursework helps students fill knowledge and skill gaps to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed in college.

What is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI assessment determines whether a student knows key prerequisite skills for college-level coursework. All students enrolling in Texas colleges and universities are required to take the TSI assessment unless they are exempt.

Am I exempt from TSI?

Visit www.tsi.ttu.edu and click on TSI Exemptions or contact the TSI Compliance Office at (806) 834-3491 to determine if you are exempt from TSI.

Where can I take the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment can be taken at any university, college, or testing center that administers the test. 

If you would like to take the TSI Assessment on the Texas Tech University campus, the Academic Testing Center administers the assessment in West Hall Room 214 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. No appointment is required. 


If you would like to take the TSI Assessment at a different college, university, or testing center, please contact the Academic Testing Center at (806) 742-3671 to learn more.

Can I retake the TSI Assessement? How many times can I take the TSI Assessment?

There is no limit to the number of times the TSI Assessment may be taken. However, the TSI Assessment fee of $50 must be paid each time the TSI Assessment is taken. 

Do I have to retake all three sections of the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment is composed of three sections: math, reading, and writing. Students are allowed to take one section, two sections, or all three sections at the time of testing. A student must be exempt or have taken the TSI Assessment in all three areas before the student can be advised by a TSI Advisor.

How much does it cost to take the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment fee is $50 each time the TSI Assessment is taken. The Academic Testing Center accepts check, money order, VISA or Mastercard as payment. A photo ID is required.

I just took the TSI Assessment. What do I do next?

After you have taken the TSI Assessment, you will need to turn your scores in to the TSI Compliance Office. Their office is located in West Hall Room 103A and they can be contacted at (806) 834-3491 or by email at registrar.tsi@ttu.edu.

If I re-take the TSI Assessment and pass it, can I drop my TSI course?

Students who pass the TSI Assessment or submit an exemption can drop the TSI course until the "Last Day to Drop a Course without 'Academic/Financial Penalty' (TTU Academic Calendar). After the 'Last Day to Drop a Course without Academic/Financial Penalty,' students cannot drop the course (unless they apply for an exception using the Exception Form) but are no longer required to attend their TSI Course. The student will receive the grade they earned as of the day of testing out of TSI. The TSI grade does not affect the student's GPA. If extenuating circumstances exist, a student may request an Exception Form from the TSI Office.

I have a TSI hold preventing me from registering for classes or updating my schedule. What should I do?

If the TSI hold is from the Registrar's Office, please contact the TSI Compliance Office at 806-742-3661. If your hold is from the TSI Skills Development Office, please contact us at 806-742-3242.

I have been advised and I am enrolled in my TSI course. Why do I still have a hold?

You will always have a TSI Hold until you have successfully completed all of your TSI coursework and your subsequent college-level coursework in the area of remediation. The TSI Hold protects you from dropping your required TSI coursework and being withdrawn from Texas Tech University for TSI Non-Compliance. If you need to make a change to your schedule, contact the TSI Office at 806-742-3242 to have your hold temporarily lifted.

How many absences am I allowed? What happens if I miss class?

You are allowed five (5) absences in your TSI class per semester. If you exceed your five (5) allotted absences you can be withdrawn from Texas Tech University.

It is your responsibility to keep track of your absences and to be absent only when absolutely necessary. Anytime you are marked absent, you will receive a courtesy email to your TTU email address.

If you elect to observe a religious holy day or miss class for illness or family emergency, you must do so within the confines of your five absences. Documentation (e.g., doctor's note, pamphlet, program, note from religious leader, etc.) is required.

I have exceeded the number of allowed absences for my TSI course. How can I avoid withdrawal from Texas Tech University?

If you exceed your five (5) allotted absences, you will have five (5) business days (Monday-Friday) from the date of your sixth absence to file an appeal of withdrawal with documentation for your absences to the TSI Office. Instructions will be sent to your TTU email address.

Students with extenuating circumstances can complete the TSI Appeal Form and turn it to the TSI Office (Holden Hall 78). 

If your appeal of withdrawal is not approved, you will have 48 hours to test out of TSI or be withdrawn from Texas Tech University.

How much is the TSI course fee?

The TSI course fee is $50.

What happens if I fail my TSI course or am withdrawn from the university?

If you fail your TSI course or withdraw from Texas Tech University for any reason, you will be required to re-take the TSI course during your next semester of enrollment.

What is the "Steps to Success?"

The "Steps to Success" is a program developed jointly with Programs for Academic Development and Retention, designed to help students take an active role to ensure their academic success. The Steps to Success requires students to engage with their professors, advisors, and a learning specialist in order to identify and overcome areas of opportunity. Students who complete the Steps to Success can earn an additional absence in their TSI course.

When do I have to meet with my advisor?

Until you are "TSI Complete" you are required to meet with your TSI advisor before registering for the subsequent term to update your contract and move your TSI hold.

Additionally, if your grade falls below a "C" at any point in the semester, you will be required to meet with a TSI advisor until you raise your average to a "C" or higher.

Your TSI Advisor will contact you at your TTU email address and at strive.ttu.edu when it is time for you to meet with your TSI Advisor.

How do I make an appointment with my TSI Advisor?

1. Visit www.strive.ttu.edu
2. Enter your eRaider information
3. Click on "Get Academic Advising & Support" (top right).
4. Use the drop-down menu to choose "Academic Advising - Majors"
5. Select "Texas Success Initiative (TSI)" and press "Next"
6. Choose "Texas Success Initiative – 078 Holden Hall" as location
7. Select your TSI advisor and press "Next"

  • Bonnie Cordell: If you are a student athlete, a distance student, or are part of the Upward Bound Bridge Program, your advisor is Bonnie Cordell 
  • Serena Sosa: If your last name begins with the letters A – J, your advisor is Serena Sosa
  • Ashley Ross: If your last name begins with the letters K – Z,  your advisor is Ashley Ross

8. Choose your appointment (time and date) and press "Next"
9. Come to the TSI Office, Holden Hall 078, for your appointment

You can also visit the TSI Office (Holden Hall 78) or call the TSI Office at (806) 742-3242.

What are the courses restrictions and requirements for TSI?

If you are not TSI Complete for reading and/or writing, you may be restricted from taking English, History, and Political Science or you may be REQUIRED to enroll in ENGL 1301. If you are not TSI Complete for mathematics, you may restricted from taking any college-level MATH course and PHIL 2310 or you may be REQUIRED to enroll in MATH 1300 or MATH 1320. 

Your TSI Advisor will determine your course restrictions and requirements based on your TSI placement. 

If you are enrolled in a restricted course, a TSI advisor will drop you from that course. If you are required to enroll in a college-level course, a TSI advisor may add it to your schedule.