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TSI Information & Requirements

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a State mandated program designed to help students be successful in college. It includes assessment of students before entering a state-supported college or university, advisement and an individual plan designed to prepare students to meet college-readiness skills.
Students pursuing a level 1 certificate are not required to test or provide scores. Students may only take courses on their certificate plan. For additional information, please check with your pathways advisor.
The following scores will exempt any student on one or more of sections of the TSI. Test scores are only good within five years of starting college.


reading/writing Exempt

Math Exempt

(after March 5, 2016)*  

480 EBRW 530 Math

(before March 5, 2016)*          

1070 combined (verbal/math) with 500 Critical Reading 1070 combined (verbal/math) with 500 Math


23 composite with 19 English 23 composite with 19 Math
STAAR Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III (EOC)

Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II (EOC)


In addition to the above, Dual Credit students may also be eligible to enroll in academic dual credit courses based on the following:


Reading/Writing Exempt

Math Exempt 


English II - Level 2  Algebra I - Level 2 and a passing grade in the Algebra 2 course      
PSAT (before October 15, 2015)* Combined score 107 with a minimum of 50 on reading Combined score  107 with a minimum of 50 on mathematics
PSAT (after October 15, 2015)* 460 on EBRW 510 on mathematics
PLAN Composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in English Composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in mathematics
ACT-Aspire 435 on English 431 on mathematics

*Cannot combine SAT scores from before March 5, 2016 and after March 5, 2016

*Cannot combine PSAT scores from before October 15, 2015 and after October 15, 2015

Students are exempt from the TSI if they:
  • have an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • transfer from an out-of-state, private or independent institution of higher education and completed a listed academically restricted course in each area from that institution.
  • transfer from an in-state public institution of higher education and deemed college ready by that institution.
  • are enrolling in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer total hours).
  • are serving on active duty and have been serving three years prior to enrollment.
  • were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990.
  • are a casual/non-degree seeking student.

Taking the TSI Assessment is required prior to being assigned to an advisor.

See information below for more information and a link to the MC Testing Center.

Need to take the TSI Assessment?

Passing the TSI Assessment (TSIA) is not required to become a student at Midland College. However, the scores determine college readiness and may impact class selection the first semester.  
Minimum passing standards:
Math:  350
Reading:  351
Writing:  340 and an essay score of at least a 4; OR a placement score of less than 340, an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5
Information for taking the TSIA can be found on the Testing Center web page.
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