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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI Assessment) - UT Arlington students only

If you were not enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education prior to August 22, 2013 or are not exempt from TSI, you MUST take this exam.  Prior TSI exams are no longer accepted.

The purpose of this test is to measure a student’s readiness for college-level course work.  The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program is mandated by state law and requires all students attending a public institution of higher education to prove they are ready to take entry-level college courses which require reading, writing and math skills.  By law, the TSI Assessment, exemptions, and passing scores are the same at every public institution of higher education in Texas.  Please make sure you are prepared to take this TSI Assessment.  

The test is computer-based and must be administered in a proctored environment at a college testing center.  

For In-State students who are outside of the DFW area or for Out-of-State Students who are planning to attend UT Arlington: Please go to our TSI Remote page

More information about the TSI Assessment can be found in the Student Informative Brochure from The College Board.


You MUST complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity before you schedule your exam.  This is required by state law. 

  • Approximate testing time for each section of the TSI Assessment is two hours. All three sections can take up to 5 hours.
  • Fee:  Each section is $18.
  • Test is offered Monday - Friday throughout the year. 
  • Advance Registration and Payment is Required.

Register/Schedule at You must have your 10-digit UTA ID number to register.  If you are attending Orientation - DO NOT schedule your TSI Assessment during Orientation.  The TSI Assessment should be completed before you arrive at Orientation.  The TSI Assessment is offered Monday through Friday and on at least 1 Saturday a month.

Score Report:  Scores are available at the end of the testing session.  If you need your scores for another school, UT Arlington students must obtain a certified copy of the TSI score report from the Registrar's Office.


Must change/modify at least 24 hours in advance.

Sign in to Timetrade with your user name & password that you previously created.

"View Test Appointment"

Click on Modify Test Appointment

Click on Next (located on the bottom right of screen)

Pick new date & time

Click Next

Verify information

Click Make Test Appointment (located on the bottom right of screen)

As long as you modify your appointment your payment will be current.  If you CANCEL your appointment your will need to repay the fee.



To find out if you need to take a test to meet the TSI requirement, check your status in MyMav first, then check the TSI Webpage.


Students must take a Pre-Assessment Activity before they can take the TSI Assessment test. NO EXCEPTIONS. To take the Pre-Assessment Activity click HERE .  The University of Texas at Arlington is required by state law 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.

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 all your developmental education options, if you don’t meet the minimum passing standard; and
  • Information on campus and community resources that will help you succeed as a college student.

Prepare for the TSI Assessment

It is strongly recommended that you practice before taking the exam.  The following links below will help you prepare for your test assessment:

There is a TSI Assessment study information at The CollegeBoard as well


The TSI Assessment test cut scores are listed below based on when students enter UT Arlington:

Phase 1 – Students entering higher education Fall 2013

  • Mathematics - 350
  • Reading - 351
  • Writing – Essay Score of 5 and Multiple Choice of 350; Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

Phase 2 – Students entering higher education Fall 2017

  • Mathematics - 356
  • Reading - 355
  • Writing - Essay Score of 5 and Multiple Choice of 350; Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

Final – Students entering higher education Fall 2019

  • Mathematics - 369
  • Reading - 359
  • Writing - Essay Score of 5 and Multiple Choice of 350; Essay Score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

Information on what your score means can be found in the Interpreting Your Score brochure provided by The College Board

Diagnostic Tests:  If you do not pass a section of the TSI Assessment, you will be required to take the diagnostic test in that section.  The results of the Diagnostic Test will help you and your advisor know what skills need to be developed.

Test Dates*

Monday: 11am-7pm
Tuesday: 1pm-7pm
Wednesday: 1pm-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Select Saturdays: 9am-2pm

Saturday dates include:

  • January 31, 2015
  • March 7, 2015
  • March 28, 2015
  • April 25, 2015
  • May 30, 2015
  • Additional dates to be determined

*Date Availability varies depending on how many other examinees may have already selected the date.