Stephen F. Austin High School

College Ready

TSI and the College Prep Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (also known as Texas Success Initiative Assessment) is an assessment created to measure a student’s college readiness in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. It is a 3 part test and will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet the student's needs and assist in becoming better prepared for college-level coursework. More information on the TSI can be found here.

College ready students may begin taking courses that count towards a degree. If a student shows they are TSI exempt, they are not required to take developmental courses when starting college coursework. Developmental courses do not count towards a degree and are not covered by financial aid. Read more about the College Prep Initiative at Austin High here.

How do you determine if you are TSI (college ready)?

Check the chart below to see if you meet the exemption test scores, if not, then you will need to schedule a TSI test with our TSI test coordinator Diana Clawson.

State-Approved Minimum Scores
to be TSI Complete (TSI Testing)

Minimum Scores Eligible for TSI Exemption 

 *ACT/SAT scores not older than 5 years and from same test date only.
Do I have to take all 3 parts of the exam?
Not necessarily. Students must test only in the area they are not exempted, so partial exemptions apply.
How do I sign up for the TSI TEST?
To sign up for the TSI exam test click: HERE

TSI Test Details
All Testing will be in Computer Lab 264 at 9:00 AM.  Arrive early. Every student will do a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking the TSI Assessment, this is done on your testing day. The test is un-timed. Students cannot bring calculators - they'll only be allowed to use the calculator app provided by the test. Please contact Ms. Clawson at with any questions, changes or cancellations about the test.

What if I don’t pass one or more sections of the TSI?
Students may retest if they do not pass, however, between testing sessions, students MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF PREPARATION for the re-test.  This can be in the form of online test prep or in-person tutoring.  Visit Diana Clawson in the tutoring center for details and to learn more about this.

Why is it important to be TSI ready when I graduate from Austin High?
College is expensive and takes time to complete a degree.  If you are not college ready based on TSI when you enroll as a freshman, you are beginning college in a deficit.  Meaning, you are not going to start earning college credit until you are TSI ready. This costs money too, you pay for the developmental courses without getting college credit for them. You must enroll in a developmental course every semester (Fall/Spring/Summer I/Summer II) until you clear all three sections of TSI. Dropping a developmental course may result in a TSI violation. Talk to the adviser at your college before dropping any developmental course.  Financial Aid does not pay for developmental courses. We want to help you avoid this.

Please contact Diana Clawson (512) 414-7288