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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is 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. Midland College offers the TSI Assessment on a walk-in basis in the Testing Center located in the Scharbauer Student Center. The cost is $29.00 for the TSI Assessment. Students should allow for at least four (4) hours to complete the TSI Assessment. Results are printed immediately upon completion and are used by college advisors to place a student into appropriate course work to help him/her achieve academic success at Midland College.
The following minimum passing standards are established to determine a student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework:
Students entering higher education for the first time beginning Fall 2013:
Mathematics - 350
Reading - 351
Writing - Essay Score of 5; or Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice Score of 363
Additionally, students are now required to do the Pre-Assessment Activity before attempting the TSI Assessment located at this link:
For additional Testing information, please call (432) 685-4504 or visit our website:
Special testing accommodations can be made for a student with a diagnosed learning disability or other disability, such as a visual or hearing impairment. Students should contact Dale Williams at (432) 685-5598 for more information.
The following students are exempt from the TSI Assessment:
(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: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections and/or 19 on the mathematics test;
(B) SAT: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment; or
(2) 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) 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 scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt for those corresponding sections; or
(B) STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt for the mathematics section.
(3) A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
(4) A student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.
(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 is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.