TSIA2 Testing Information

  • The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA or TSIA2) is the state-mandated placement test (Texas Education Code §51.333) that Texas public institutions of higher education must use to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses.
    Based on how a student performs on the TSIA2, they may either be enrolled in a college level course or be placed in the appropriate developmental course to improve their skills and prepare them for success in the college level course.
    High school graduates and dual credit students may have to provide TSIA2 scores to Texas colleges to show college readiness in the areas of reading, writing and math.
    Students can be exempt from the TSIA2 by scoring high enough on the SAT or ACT exam. Due to COVID 19, colleges may adjust their policy regarding TSIA2. Check with specific schools regarding their requirements.

TSIA2 Exemptions

  • Students meeting the following criteria can be exempt from the corresponding TSIA2 section.


    PSAT*For dual credit only.

    EBRW(Evidence Based Reading & Writing) Section Score: 460   

    Math Section Score: 510


    EBRW(Evidence Based Reading & Writing)Section Score: 480     

    Math Section Score: 530


    Test Taken Before February 15, 2023:

    *Composite Score: 23, -AND-                                   

    *English Section Score: 19                                           

    *Math Section Score: 19

    Test Taken On/After February 15, 2023

    *Combined score of 40 on the English & Reading tests for an exemption in reading & writing

    *At least 22 on Math for an exemption in math

    *Special Note: PSAT scores can only be used as an exemption for dual credit courses. Once a student scores a "C" or higher in ENGL 1301, HIST 1301, or GOVT 2305 for dual credit, students will receive a permanent TSIA2 exemption in that subject area. 

    *For exemptions, students must send their official scores through the College Board or ACT to their college.

TSIA2 Required Scores

  • For students not meeting the exemption criteria, the following scores are required on the TSIA2.


    (Reading & Writing)

    CRC 945-990 AND Essay 5-8   -OR-                         

    CRC 910-944 AND Diagnostic Level 5-6 AND Essay 5-8


    CRC 950-990 -OR-

    CRC 910-949 AND Diagnostic Level 6

Sending TSIA2 Scores to Colleges

  • Option #1

    Click here to request your TSIA2 scores from Accuplacer. You will need to fill in the requested information on this page and Accuplacer will send your scores to the email that was entered on your test day. You will need to use the institution where you took the exam when requesting your scores (Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD or Tarrant County College).  

    Option #2

    Colleges have the ability to pull TSIA2 scores directly from the Accuplacer database. Please communicate with your college on the steps required to request the college pull your scores from the EMS ISD system. Schools will need your consent before they are able to pull your score, so it is necessary for you to follow their procedure. Below are links for several common colleges attended by CTHS students. Click the link to access the form required for the college to automatically retrieve your score report from EMS ISD.

    Tarrant County College

    University of North Texas

    University of Texas Arlington

    Tarleton State University

    For forms from other colleges, explore the specific college websites. Most colleges post information concerning testing and TSIA2 and have the request forms included on their sites.

    Option #3

    If you are having difficulty and have been unable to send your scores to colleges using the previous two options, please complete the following online form to request a copy of your score report. A PDF copy of the TSIA2 score report will be sent to the email address you identify on the form. Students will still have the responsibility of submitting the information received to their college of choice.

    CTHS TSIA2 Score Request Form

Scheduling the TSIA2

  • Students will have the opportunity to take the TSIA2 on the CTHS campus if they meet one of the following criteria for the 2023-24 school year:

    • Enrolled in Algebra 2  (Math section only)
    • Enrolled in English III (ELAR & Math section)
    • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior student completing the required enrollment steps for TCC dual credit courses
    • Senior student seeking enrollment at TCC (for at least one class, must have TCC ID number)

    Students that miss the campus testing date, or need to re-take a portion of the TSIA2, must schedule the exam through TCC. Click this link for information on how to schedule the exam with TCC.

Study for the TSIA2

  • Use the resources below to study for the TSIA2.

    TSIA2 Resources from Accuplacer: Access study guides and practice questions for the TSIA2.

    TSIA2 Study App: Sign up for interactive test prep, practice questions, and question of the day.

TSIA2 Scores Required for Enrollment

  • Academic Core Courses - TSIA2 Requirements

    TCC Course

    High School Equivalent Course

    Qualifying TSIA2 Score/Exemption Required

    ENGL 1301

    ENGL 1302

    English III or English IV

    ELAR Section Only

    ENGL 2323

    ENGL 2327

    English IV

    Completion of ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302 with a “C” or higher

    HIST 1301

    HIST 1302

    US History

    ELAR Section Only


    GOVT 2305


    ELAR Section Only

    ECON 2301


    Must take TSIA2 - No Minimum Score

    Career & Technical Courses (HCTC Campus) - TSIA2 Requirements

    TCC Course

    High School Equivalent Course

    Qualifying TSIA2 Score/Exemption Required

    AUMT 1405

    AUMT 1407

    Automotive Technology 1

    Must take TSIA 2 - No Minimum Score

    AUMT 1410

    AUMT 2417

    Automotive Technology 2

    Completion of AUMT 1405/1407 with a “C” or higher


    ITNW 1309

    Computer Maintenance & Lab

    Must take TSIA 2 - No Minimum Score

    ITNW 1425

    ITSY 1300

    Networking & Security & Lab

    Completion of ITSC 1425/1305 with a “C” or higher

    WLDG 1428

    WLDG 1430

    Welding 1

    Must take TSIA 2 - No Minimum Score

    WLDG 1312

    WLDG 1434

    Welding 2

    Completion of WLDG 1428/1430 with a “C” or higher

    CHEF 1301

    CHEF 1305

    Culinary Arts

    Must take TSIA 2 - No Minimum Score  

    HAGM 2301

    Advanced Culinary Arts

    Completion of CHEF 1301/1305 with a “C” or higher 

    EMSP 1501

    EMSP 1160

    Emergency Medical Technician

    ELAR & Math Sections

    Career & Technical Courses (TCC Campus) - TSIA2 Requirements

    TCC Course

    High School Equivalent Course

    Qualifying TSIA2 Score/Exemption Required

    FIRT 1301/1329

    FIRT 1311/1371

    Firefighter I

    ELAR & Math Recommended, Not Required

    AERM 1310/1205 AERM 1310/1208

    Advanced Aircraft Technology 1

    ELAR & Math Recommended, Not Required

    AERM 1314/1303

    Advanced Aircraft Technology 2

    Completion of Aircraft Technology I with a “C” or higher

    HALT 1301

    AGCR 2418

    Greenhouse Operations & Lab

    Must take TSIA2 - No Minimum Score

    HALT 2308/2323

    Horticultural Science & Advanced Plant and Soil Science

    Completion of Greenhouse Operations & Lab with a “C” or higher