TSI Information & Requirements


What is the TSI?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a State mandated program designed to help students be successful in college. It includes an assessment, Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA2), of students before entering a state-supported college or university advisement and an individual plan designed to prepare students to meet college-readiness skills.

Am I Exempt?

Students pursuing a level 1 certificate are not required to test or provide scores. Students may only take courses on their certificate plan. For additional information, please check with your pathways advisor.

Any Student

The following scores will exempt any student on one or more of sections of the TSIA2. Test scores are valid for up to 5 years following the date the test was taken.


reading/writing Exempt

Math Exempt


40 on English and Reading

(Prior to February 15, 2023:
23 composite with minimum 19
on English)

22 on Math

(Prior to February 15, 2023:
minimum 19 on mathematics)


165 Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) 165 Mathematical Reasoning

(after March 5, 2016)

480 Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) 530 Math
STAAR Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III (EOC)
Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II (EOC)


Dual Credit Students

In addition to the above, Dual Credit students may also be eligible to enroll in academic dual credit courses based on the following:


Reading/Writing Exempt

Math Exempt 


English II - Level 2  Algebra I - Level 2 and a passing grade in the Algebra 2 course      
PSAT (after October 15, 2015) 460 on EBRW 510 on Mathematics
PLAN Composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in English
Composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in Mathematics

ACT-Aspire 435 on English
431 on Mathematics


Students are exempt from the TSIA2 if they:
  • have an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education
  • transfer from an out-of-state, private or independent institution of higher education and completed a listed academically restricted course in each area from that institution
  • transfer from an in-state public institution of higher education and deemed college ready by that institution
  • are enrolling in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer total hours)
  • are serving on active duty and have been serving three years prior to enrollment
  • were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990
  • are a casual/non-degree seeking student

Need to take the test?

If the exemptions above do not apply, visit the Testing Service page to learn more about signing up, test scores, and how to get started!
Testing Services

Score Requirements

Passing the TSI Assessment (TSIA2) is not required to become a student at Midland College. However, the scores determine college readiness and may impact class selection in the first semester.

Minimum Passing Scores

TSIA2 (with Diagnostics)
Score Range:
CRC 910-990, Essay 0-8
Score Range:
CRC 910-990, Diagnostic 2-6, Essay 0-8
Math: 950
ELAR: 945
Essay: 5
Math: 910-949 AND Diagnostic Level 6
ELAR: 910-944 AND Diagnostic Level 5
Essay: 5

MC Testing Center

Scharbauer Student Center
Room 260

(432) 685-4504