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Exemptions

You can demonstrate college readiness through a list of approved exemptions. Students can qualify for an exemption by subject area in several ways, including:

  • Meet college readiness benchmarks on the SAT or ACT or the English III/Algebra II STAAR End-of-Course high school tests
  • Completed college-level course(s)
  • Have been, or currently are, in the military

When you applied to Texas State University, the documents you submit are automatically evaluated to determine any possible exemptions. 

Exemption by Test Scores

Test Reading and Writing Exemption Math Exemption
SAT (prior to March 2016) A student must achieve a minimum SAT critical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the critical reading section for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing A student must achieve a minimum SAT critical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the math section for a TSI exemption in math
SAT (March 2016 and after) 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) 530 Math
ACT 23 Composite with a score of 19 in English 23 Composite with a score 19 in Math
STAAR 4000+ (Level II) on the English III (EOC) 4000+ (Level II) on the Algebra II (EOC)

  • SAT, ACT, and STAAR scores used to request an exemption must be less than five years old. 
  • The writing section of the SAT is not considered.
  • Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016, and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016, is not allowable.

If you believe you meet the above exemption, please get in touch with our office.

Exemption by Course Credit

The following courses from another college/university may exempt you from certain sections of the TSI Assessment if you have received a passing grade. Please note: courses that transfer as elective non-advanced (ELNA) or elective advanced (ELADV) may not be used to meet the TSI requirements.

Credit from these courses: May exempt you from:
English 1310, 1320, 2310, 2320, 2330, 2340, 2359, or 2360 Writing
History 1310 or 1320
Political Science 2310 or 2320
Psychology 1300
Reading
Math 1312,1315, 1316, or 1319 Mathematics

A TSI staff member can evaluate your college/university transcript(s) to determine if you completed courses that can qualify you for an exemption. To have our office review your courses:

  • Submit an unofficial transcript. We will not accept a high school transcript listing dual credit courses.
  • Make sure your full name is visible on the transcript.

If you believe you meet the above exemption, please get in touch with our office.

Other TSI Exemptions

  • You earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree.
  • You are 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 have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  • You were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the United States armed forces 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 Aug. 1, 1990.
  • You are a non-degree-seeking or a non-certificate-seeking student.
  • You attended another institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • ESOL Waiver: Students with demonstrated limited English proficiency may receive a temporary waiver appropriate to ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions.

If you believe you meet one of the above exemptions, please get in touch with our office.