Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and Advising

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state law requiring all Texas public institutions, including UT Arlington, to determine college readiness in Reading, Writing, and Math for all degree-seeking undergraduate students, both on campus and online.

Your TSI Status

You can view your TSI status in your MyMav account (MyMav Student Center -> TSI Status).

TSI Status Definitions

  • TSI Complete = you have met all TSI requirements and do not need to take further action
  • TSI Not Complete = you have attempted the TSI Assessment and have failed one or more sections; developmental coursework is required
  • TSI Liable = you will be required to take the TSI Assessment in the area(s) for which you do not have an exemption; you must take the assessment or provide proof of exemption before you can enroll in classes

TSI Exemptions

A list of TSI exemptions can be found here.

If you believe that you qualify for an exemption or have questions about exemptions, please email tsi@uta.edu for a review of your TSI status. Make sure to send the email from your UTA email account and provide your full name and UTA ID number.

Please ensure that you have submitted all test scores, transcripts, or other documentation that you believe may exempt you from taking the assessment, as the TSI Advisors will not be able to advise you without that documentation.

TSI Assessment Test

If you are TSI Liable and do not have exemptions, you will need to take the TSI Assessment sections for the area(s) in which you are Liable (Math, Reading, and/or Writing). If you are not sure what sections you need to take, you must email a TSI Advisor at tsi@uta.edu for advising on the TSI Assessment.  Once you know what sections you need to take, please go to the Testing Services website to register for the test.

Passing Scores for the TSI Assessment Test

  • Mathematics - 350
  • Reading - 351
  • Writing - 340 and 4+ on essay

Restricted Courses Based on TSI Not Complete Status

TSI Not Complete in Mathematics - Any Mathematics course at the level of MATH 1301 or higher; all PHYS and CHEM; ECON 2305 and 2306.

TSI Not Complete in Reading and/or Writing - Any of the following courses: ENGL 1301 and 1302, HIST 1301 and 1302, POLS 2311 and 2312, PSYC 1315, SOCI 1311, SOCI 2312, ECON 2305 and 2306.