The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program which was developed by the 78th Texas State Legislature (and modified in 2013) under which all undergraduate students, who are not exempt, are required to take the TSI Assessment.

The basic skills tested are reading, writing and mathematics. The writing component includes an essay. Students who fail a section of the TSI Assessment may be required to enroll in a developmental course(s) in that area.

Already taken the TSI or TSIA2 Assessment elsewhere?  Send an email with your full name, MSU ID number, and date of birth to and we will search the online database for your scores.  (NOTE: Do not send this email if you tested at Midwestern State University.)

IMPORTANT!  Students who do not have test scores on file will not be allowed to register for classes, unless they are exempt. Therefore, prospective students should provide proof of an exemption or schedule to take the TSI Assessment as soon as possible so that scores will be available in time for orientation and registration.

Check your specific TSI status on WebWorld:  Current MSU students and newly admitted students can check their TSI status on WebWorld through the MSU Portal.  Login and then on the left side under QuickLaunch Navigation, click on Student Records, then TSI, Drop Limit and Core Curriculum.

Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA):  Students who must take the TSI Assessment are first required to complete the online Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).  The PAA gives information about the TSI Assessment, what to expect, sample questions, and resources which MSU offers.  Before taking the PAA, make sure you know your TSI status and if you are required to test and for which sections. When you are ready, you may take it at The PAA is required prior to taking the TSI Assessment.

Students who were officially enrolled in a Texas public college or university prior to Fall 2013 or those who registered prior to late registration for Fall 2013: Students under the former TSI rules were allowed to take the following assessment tests to demonstrate their level of college readiness in math and English:  TSI PrviewTHEA (formerly TASP), Accuplacer, Asset, or Compass.  Students transferring to MSU from a Texas public college or university, having already completed TSI, will be coded as TSI complete at MSU.  Any student wanting to retest must use the new TSI Assessment.

  • Score interpretation – passing levels
  • Exemptions
  • TSI Assessment Dates
  • Developmental Requirements
  • Retesting Rules – Who must retest?

  • Midwestern State University is an official testing site for the TSI Assessment.
  • Students taking the TSI Assessment at MSU should ask the Testing Office to send their scores to the MSU Registrar's Office.
  • Students taking the TSI Assessment at any other Texas college or university will have to request through that institution that an official copy of their scores be mailed to the MSU Registrar's Office.  (Student copies and faxes are not considered official.  Scores must be mailed directly to MSU from the issuing institution.)

The TSI Assessment is administered via appointment during regular office hours in the MSU Testing Office. To schedule an appointment, call 940-397-4676.