General Information • Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Legislature in June 2003 approved the Texas Success Initiative as a program designed to help students be successful in college. It includes assessment of students before entering a state-supported college or university, advisement and an individual plan designed to prepare students to meet college-readiness skills.

All students must take the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college for the first time, unless they are specifically exempt by law. The following minimum passing standards are established to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework.

TSI Assessment:

            Mathematics         350
            Reading                351
            Writing                  Essay Score of 5; or Essay Score of 4 with Multiple Choice Score of 363

The TSI Assessment is offered at the Midland College Testing Center located in the Scharbauer Student Center, Room 260. Please call (432) 685-4504 or visit our website at www.midland.edu. A pre-assessment is required before testing. Go to www.midland.edu/pre-assessment. The cost is $29.00 for each testing session.

Exemptions/Exceptions

Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements:

1)  For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards:

     a.   ACT with a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

     b.   SAT with a combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

2)  For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who tests and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.

3)  Students who will be juniors (11th grade) are also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if:

     a.   The student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the critical reading and/or mathematics test relevant to the courses to be attempted. An eligible high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in twelfth grade; or

      b.   The student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics and English. An eligible high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in twelfth grade.

4)  A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a public institution of higher education.

5)  A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

6)  A student who transfers to Midland College from other accredited institutions of higher education with appropriate college-level work in the areas of writing, reading and/or mathematics (Grades of C or higher) may be deemed as college ready after review by the Registrar’s Office. Students not meeting college readiness in writing, reading or mathematics will be required to take the TSI Assessment for that area.

7)  A student who enrolls in a certificate program of one year or less (level one certificate, 42 or fewer credit hours).

8)  A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Written documentation from the appropriate branch of the military is required.

9)  A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. Written documentation (DD214) is required.

10)  A casual/enrichment student who is taking courses for personal interest only and who is not seeking a degree or          certificate will be allowed to defer development course work and may enroll under the following conditions:

      a.   take a maximum of two courses per semester that are not academically restricted courses;
      b.   may not declare a major; and
      c.   may not receive financial aid. Consult with a Midland College counselor or advisor for a list of academically restricted courses.

Students who have not yet tested should contact the Midland College Testing Center (432) 685-4504. Remember, test scores must be available before you are permitted to register for classes.