Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

What is TSI?

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.

Texas College Bridge – certificate of completion earned for English and/or Math should be sent from GreenLight to UTA

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, please email the TSI Advisors at tsi@uta.edu

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

Complete Pre-Assessment Activity


Register for TSI


Send your TSI Scores

Contact Academic Testing Services at testing@uta.edu or 817-272-2362 if you need assistance with registering for the test or sending your scores.

Passing Scores for the TSI Assessment Test



(test date on or after January 11, 2021 – scores must be less than 5 years old)


Passing Score Option 1

Passing Score Option 2

English (Reading and Writing)

ELAR: 945 or higher and Essay:5 or higher

ELAR: less than 945 and Diagnostic: 5 or higher and Essay: 5 or higher


Math: 950 or higher

Math: less than 950 and Diagnostic: 6



(test date prior to January 11, 2021 – scores must be less than 5 years old)


Passing Score


351 or higher


340 or higher and Essay: 4 or higher


350 or higher

Restricted Courses Based on TSI Not Complete Status

TSI Not Complete Area

Restricted Courses


CHEM (any course), ECON 2305, ECON 2306, MATH 1301 or higher (except for required TSI Math course), PHYS (any course)

English (Reading &/or Writing)

ECON 2305, ECON 2306, ECON 2337, ENGL 1301 (except when taking as required TSI English course), ENGL 1302, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 1331, HIST 1332, POLS 2311, POLS 2312, PSYC 1315, SOCI 1311, SOCI 2312


TSI Frequently Asked Questions

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