Incoming Freshmen TSI

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You may be exempt from taking the TSI by test scores or other exemptions (complete the form). If you're not exempt, get information about testing the TSI assessment

If you are a transfer student (completed college-level coursework in mathematics, English, philosophy, political science, or history (including dual-credit or AP tests), get more information on our transfer page.

Test Score Exemption

You may be exempt due
to your test scores.

See Test Scores

Need Help?

Phone: (409) 880-7217
Email: tsi@lamar.edu 

Find your TSI Status

Complete the form to check your
TSI status/other exemptions.

Am I Exempt?

Need Help?

Phone: (409) 880-7217
Email: tsi@lamar.edu 

Taking the TSI

Learn more information about
taking the TSI Assessment.

TSI Assessment


Need Help?

Phone: (409) 880-7217
Email: tsi@lamar.edu

Exemptions Due to Test Scores

Choose test type to see the scores meriting exemption.  There is a 5 year expiration on the following exams.

  • ACT
    ACT Composite English Math
    23+ 19+ 19+

    Determining exemption based upon the ACT exam is a two step process; you must first meet the Composite minimum.  If you earn the minimum Composite score, then you must also meet the minimum for each section to be exempt in that area.  You are NOT exempt by earning a 19 in each section, the Composite must be at least 23.  

            Example:    24 Composite              

                                17 English     

                                22 Math      

    This student would be exempt in math, but would need to take both the reading and writing portions of the TSI Assessment.  

  • SAT
    Redesigned SAT Reading and Writing Math
    480+ 530+

    This exam does not require students to first earn a minimum Overall score.  Earning the minimum score in each section will exempt students from taking the TSI Assessment in that area. 

  • STAAR
    STARR English III Algebra II
    Level II (4000) Level II (4000)

    This exam does not require students to first earn a minimum Overall score.  Earning the minimum score in each section will exempt students from taking the TSI Assessment in that area. 

  • 11th Grade TAKS
    11th Grade TAKS ENLA and Writing Sample Math
    2200+ AND 3+ 2200+

    This exam does not require students to first earn a minimum Overall score.  Earning the minimum score in each section will exempt students from taking the TSI Assessment in that area. 

If Your Test Scores Exempt You From TSI

  1. Check your Self-Service Banner account to ensure that we have received and evaluated any transcripts.
    Self-Service Banner>Student Tab>Student Records>Academic Transcript
  2. If you have any transcripts, once you see them listed, check your holds and address any that would prevent your advising session.
    Self-Service Banner>Student Tab>Student Records>View Holds
    1. Common holds that must be addressed prior to making your advising appointment:
      • Meningitis Requirement 
      • TB Requirement
      • International Holds
      • Title IX Training Required
    2. Common holds that will be addressed during your advising session (you do not need these lifted prior to making an appointment): 
      • UAC Advising
      • Mandatory Advising
      • TSI (If you are an LU Online Accelerated Program student, contact the UAC to adjust this hold prior to your advising session).
      • Academic Probation
      • Pre-Professional Advising
      • State Drops Remaining
  3. After you complete the above steps, you are eligible to make your advising appointment.   

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