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TSI and Approved Assessment Scores

TSI Assessment

If a high school student is not TSI exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment, then the student will be required to take the TSI Assessment. High school students awarded partial TSI exemption or placement based upon sections of STAAR EOC, SAT, ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PLAN may be required to take sections of the TSI Assessment relevant to course selections.

The TSI Assessment is divided into three component areas for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Based upon course selections for Dual Credit and after completing the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), the student may be asked to take the TSI Assessment in each component area. Where necessary, the student may be given an additional diagnostic test in a particular subject area. The TSI Assessment is designed to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses.

A high school student is eligible to enroll in Dual Credit with the following TSI Assessment Scores:

  • Reading: score of 351
  • Writing: score of 340 and 4+ on essay or a score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5
  • Math: score of 350

TSI Exemptions and other approved scores for Dual Credit

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state program designed to help colleges and universities determine students’ preparedness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The TSI program is designed to promote the success of students in college by assessing students’ academic skills through a state approved examination called the TSI Assessment.

All students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment unless the student qualifies for a TSI exemption. In addition, high school students can be waived from taking the TSI Assessment by submitting approved placement scores, typically taken in the 10th grade, for 11th grade Dual Credit eligibility. A high school student may be exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment by meeting one of the following requirements.

Assessment Reading Writing Mathematics
TSI Assessment 351+

340 & 4 Essay OR

<340, ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5

STARR English III Level II 2000+  on Reading and Writing  Algera II:  Level II 4000+
Assessment Composite English Mathematics
ACT 23 19 19
Assessment Composite Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) Mathematics
(Taken after March 5, 2016)
Not Required 480 530
(Taken before March 5, 2016)
1070 500 500
Assessment Composite English Mathematics
ACT-Aspire   435 431
PLAN 23 19 19


(Taken before October 1, 2015)








(Taken after October 15, 2015)

*PSAT 8/9 does not qualify students for dual credit.

  460 510

Level-One Certificate: A student may be TSI exempt to enroll in eligible Level One certificate workforce (i.e., Career & Continuing Education) dual credit courses.


Approval for Dual Credit Registration

A high school student is eligible to register in dual credit course selected on the Exceptional Admissions form if the student meets the course prerequisites outlined in the Description of Courses in the Lone Star College catalog. A Dual Credit Advisor will use the results of college placement scores to determine if the high school student meets prerequisite requirements for enrollment in the Dual Credit program.

Most Dual Credit courses require students to demonstrate college readiness in Reading and Writing to register for college-level academic and workforce education courses not included in a Level-One Certificate.

Math placement scores are used for enrollment in freshman college-level Math courses, such as Math 1314, 1324, 1332, and 1342. Additional Math placement scores may be required for students requesting Math courses higher than the college-level freshman Math courses providing he/she has met the college readiness standard in Math as defined by the Texas Success Initiative. Furthermore, math placement scores may be used for enrollment in courses in other disciplines as in the Sciences.

If you have questions regarding placement scores and how the scores are used to register for college-level courses, contact a Dual Credit Advisor for more information. Finally, LSC encourages high school students to complete the application process and assessment testing early to allow time for retesting if necessary prior to the registration deadline for your high school.

Continued Enrollment in Dual Credit

Most Dual Credit students intend to transfer their coursework to a 4-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Transfer of individual Core Curriculum courses are guaranteed by state law to transfer to Texas public colleges and universities. The Core Curriculum is a set of courses designed to give students “the basics” of a college education. Most colleges and universities do not accept transferred Core Curriculum courses with grade of “D” or lower.

Therefore, eligibility for continued participation in the Dual Credit program requires satisfactory academic performance with earned grades of A, B, or C in all college level courses. Dual Credit courses are recorded on a LSC transcript. Official LSC transcripts are required for submission to 4-year colleges and universities to transfer college-level coursework.

For more information about transferring Dual Credit courses, talk to a Dual Credit advisor.

Dual Credit placement scores are based upon the Texas Administrative Codes, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C and D, Rules §4.54 and §4.85. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules are subject to new changes taking precedence.


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