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Texas Success Initiative Assessment(TSIA)

To help prepare students for post-secondary success, Texas Empowerment administers the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) on school campus.  Typically taken as part of admissions at Austin Community College, the administration of the TSIA helps students determine post-secondary readiness levels in reading & math in order to be eligible to take dual credit courses.

The TSIA is a computer adaptive assessment, and the specific questions that appear on any given test administration varies based on each individual student’s performance on each item. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how a student responds.

The assessments are untimed. As students complete the assessment and score report are generated immediately.

TSIA Scores needed in order to take dual credit courses at Austin Community College:

  • Mathematics – 350  
  • Reading – 351  
  • Writing
    • Multiple choice score of 350 and essay score of 5; or
    • Multiple choice score of 363 and essay score of 4; or
    • Multiple choice score below 350, ABE Diagnostic score of 4, and essay score of 5.



Math Exemption

Reading/Writing Exemption

SAT (March 2016 and later)

530 Math

480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)

SAT (prior to March 2016)

1070 Combined with 500 Math

1070 Combined with 500 Critical Reading


23 Composite with 19 English

23 Composite with 19 English


220 ELA (English Language Arts) with 3+ Writing Sub-score

2200 Math


4000 on the English III (EOC)

4000 on the Algebra II (EOC)

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