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Placement Testing

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to ensure that students have the skills in Reading, Writing, and Math to be successful with college level work. There are two major components of the program:

  • An assessment to diagnose students' basic skill in reading, mathematics, and writing, and

  • Developmental instruction, to strengthen academic skill that need improvement.

A student is exempt from all TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:

  • The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited Texas institution.

  • The student is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

  • The student 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990.

  • The student is a non-degree-seeking (up to 9 credit hours of transferable coursework) or a certificate-seeking student.

*Students claiming one of the above exemptions still must meet departmental prerequisites.

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A student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions:

SAT and ACT scores

SAT and ACT scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old; TAKS scores must be less than three years old. (ACT & SAT scores are not required for admissions into Weatherford College; however, scores can be used to exempt a student from placement testing if standard is met.)

  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a math score of at least 500 is exempt from the math requirement.

  • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 and a verbal score of at least 500 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.

  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a math score of at least 19 is exempt from the math requirement.

  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.

TAKS Testing  (11th grade or higher):

  • TAKS math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the math requirement.

  • TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.

STARR Testing:

  • STARR Algebra II End of Course Exam with a level II score (4000)/

  • STARR Reading or Writing III End of Course Exam with a level II score (2000).

Transfer Students

  • A student who has completed a TSI restricted course at another regionally accredited institution.

  • A student has attended another Texas institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

 Resources to prepare for the TSI Assessment:

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