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Available Testing

Students may seek exemption from the TSI based on:

  • SAT scores (less than 5 years old) with an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher and a Math score of 530 or higher.   (College Code 1951)
  • ACT (less than 5 years old) composite score of 23 or higher with at least 19 English and at least 19 Math. (College Code 4046)
  • STAAR (less than 5 years old) English III Level 2 score of 4000 or higher. Algebra II Level 2 score of 4000 or higher.
  • Meeting the college readiness benchmark on either of the state's approved High School Equivalency (HSE) tests (less than 5 years old):
    • GED scores of 165 or higher on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test and 165 or higher on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) subject test
    • HiSET* scores of 15 or higher on the Mathematics subtest and a score of 15 or higher on the Reading subtest and a score of 15 or higher on the Writing subtest (that includes a minimum score of 4 on the essay)
  • TSI exemption given by another Texas public institution. Official transcript must be on file to document exemption.
  • Completion of an associate degree or higher from a United States regionally accredited institution.
  • Transfer student from a U.S. private or out-of-state regionally accredited institution with three or more credit level hours (D or better).
  • Documentation for a student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.  Must provide a copy of DD214 to document exemption.
  • A student who is enrolled in a workforce certificate program of one year or less (42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent)
  • A non-degree-seeking student 

*HiSET will no longer be administered after 8/31/2021; however, HiSET scores are valid up to five (5) years from date of testing.

May I register for classes pending the arrival of my official scores?


Once your application has been processed by Admissions, you may submit a Conditional TSI Compliance Contract and an unofficial copy of your qualifying scores to: 

  • The Director of Testing Office (by email to or fax at 972.548.6577)
  • Academic Planning/Advising (in person)
  • Admissions (in person)

This contract will allow 30 days for your OFFICIAL TSI documentation to arrive!  CLICK HERE  for the contract and complete details!