Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Exemptions

Everyone is not requred to take the TSI Assesssment. If you qualify for an exemption or waiver, you have met the TSI Requirement! You can be exempt from or receive a waiver for the TSI in one of the following ways. You can be: Degree Exempt, Transfer Exempt/Passed, Private/Out-of-state Transfer Exempt, Course Exempt, Veteran Exempt, Military Waiver, or Score Exempt

Degree Exempt

Students who have earned an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or from a recognized international institution are exempt from all Texas Success Initiative requirements.

Transfer Exempt/Passed

Students whose previous Texas public college or university has determined that they have met minimum passing standards in reading, writing, and/or math are exempt in the curricular area/s indicated. An official transcript or other appropriate documentation of status must be submitted.

Private/Out-of-state Transfer Exempt

Students who transfer from a regionally accredited college or university and have earned at least three semester hours of college level credit (any course) are exempt at entry. An official transcript must be submitted.

Course Exempt

Students who have satisfactorily completed college –level coursework in a related field using AP scores, IB scores, or dual enrollment grades, as determined by the receiving institution.

Veteran Exempt

Students who were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component of the armed forces, on or after August 1, 1990 may be exempt. A DD214 form showing honorable discharge status is required.

Military Waiver

Students on active duty in the armed forces, the Texas National Guard or any reserve component may be exempt. A letter from the commanding officer is required.

Score Exempt

Students who meet qualifying standards on the SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR test may be eligible for an exemption.

Test

Exemption Requirements

Expiration

SAT

A combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with:

  • At least 500 on math for an exemption in math 

    and/or 
  • At least 500 on critical reading for an exemption in reading and writing

Valid for 5 years

ACT

A composite score of 23 with:

  • At least 19 on math for an exemption in math 

    and/or 
  • At least 19 on English for an exemption in reading and writing

Valid for 5 years

TAKS

  • A minimum score of 2200 in math for an exemption in math 

    and/or 
  • 2200 in English Language Arts–with a writing sub-score of 3–for an exemption in reading and writing.

Valid for 5 years

STAAR

End-of-Course Assessment:

  • Algebra II–Level 2 (score of at least 4000)
  • English III–Level 2 (score of at least 2000)

N/A

 

DeAnna Hamblin, TSI Coordinator, 361-593-4584 or Rebeka Silvas, Director of Graduation Pathway Success Center,  361-593-2168

This page was last updated on: April 29, 2014