Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Education Code statute 51.3062, Success Initiative, effective September 1, 2003, requires the university to assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The fee for the completion of the assessment instrument will be paid by the student.  The university will not use the assessment or the results of the assessment as a condition of admission to the institution.

  • Is required by the Texas State Legislature for identifying and preparing academically those students whose basic skills in writing, reading, and/or mathematics are less than what is required to succeed in college level courses.
  • Requires constant student participation in developmental education classes if that student is deficient in the academic areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics.
  • Requires all NON EXEMPT (TSI Exemptions) incoming students to complete the mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity and then to take the TSI assessment test before registering for classes.

Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)

Before taking the TSI Assessment, students must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. Texas A&M University-Texarkana is required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very important that you complete this activity before you take the test. In addition, you will not be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity. The activity includes the following:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment
  • Practice test questions and feedback
  • An explanation of your developmental education options, if you do not meet the minimum passing standard; and
  • Information on campus and community resources to help you succeed as a college student.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for additional information and resources regarding the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  Students who have questions regarding their TSI status may contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@tamut.edu or the Registrar's Office at registrar@tamut.edu.