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Exemptions

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TSI Exemptions / Waivers

Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt or partially exempt from taking an initial assessment test. In each case, Texas State must receive official proof in order to process the exemption. ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR scores must be part of the student's Texas State record. Official score reports must be submitted to the Office of Admissions (these scores may be submitted on your official high school transcript). Previous course work must have been transferred to Texas State.

► For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who performs at or above the following standards:

  • ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirements) and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt from those corresponding sections;
  • SAT: a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test (will satisfy both reading and writing TSI requirements) and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt from those corresponding sections.

► For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student performs at or above the following standards:

(A) an eleventh-grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a  minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of 3 will be exempt from TSI Assessment.

(B) STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing. A minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment.

►  A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning whose accreditation is recognized by SACS(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

►  A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-one certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent).

►  A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

► A non-degree seeking student.

► A student who 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.

► 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 United States.

► ESOL Waiver: Students with demonstrated limited English proficiency may receive a temporary waiver appropriate to ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions.