UTD TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. The University of Texas at Dallas is required by state law to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation, so it is very important that you complete this activity before you take the test.

You WILL NOT be allowed to take the TSI Assessment until you have completed this activity.

UTD TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

* = all fields are required information

Personal Information 


Purpose and Importance

The TSI Assessment is a placement test designed to assist Texas higher education institutions in determining student readiness for college level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  All incoming college students attending a public higher education institution in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment, unless exempt via an alternate approved method. (See below)

If you are not exempt from taking the TSI Assessment, you will take the TSI Assessment which covers three subject areas: reading, mathematics, and writing. If you have an exemption in one area, you will only take the test in the remaining subject area(s).  Students that do not meet the minimum score indicating college readiness are required to enroll in Developmental Education coursework – in the area in which they are not TSI complete.   (See Section III for Developmental Education information)

Students are not permitted to enter college-level courses without evidence that they possess the basic skills necessary to have a reasonable chance of success; as such, students are not permitted to be enrolled in college-level and developmental work in the same content area simultaneously. The student will not be TSI complete until the developmental coursework sequence is completed in the necessary area or until the student obtains a college-ready score on the TSI Assessment.

It is important you take the test seriously and take your time – as all three subject areas are not timed. This assessment will determine your readiness in college level coursework and achieving a college-level score will exempt you from having to enroll in developmental coursework. Use the practice links listed in Section II and familiarize yourself with the subject areas.

After you have completed the test, your scores will be printed and delivered to you on site.

Please see your academic advisor after taking the test regarding placement, registration, and next steps.   GOOD LUCK!

TSI Assessment College Ready Cut-Scores

Mathematics – 350
Reading – 351
Writing – Essay score of 5  OR  Essay score of 4 and Multiple Choice of 363

STUDENT INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE from the Texas Higher Education College Board.


TSI Exemptions
  1. Students who are non-degree seeking or non-certificate-seeking.

  2. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards on the following tests:

    • ACT – Composite score of 23 or higher, with individual math, reading and English scores of no less than 19. Residual ACT cannot be used for TSI exemption.

    • SAT
    • If you took the SAT during or after March 2016:

    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 480 or higher shall be exempt for both reading and writing TSI requirements
    • Math score of 530 or higher shall be exempt for the math TSI requirements.

    • If you took the SAT prior to March 2016:

    • Combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

    • Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) — 11th grade exit-level TAKS with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section and a writing subsection score of at least 3, are TSI exempt for the corresponding sections. (Note: The writing subsection score is often not printed on high school transcripts, but can usually be found on the exit level TAKS score report.)

    • STAAR end-of-course (EOC) – A minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.

  3. Students who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Transcripts must be filed with The Office of Admission and Enrollment for verification purposes.

  4. Students who have previously attended any Texas public institution and have been determined to have met TSI requirements by that institution.

  5. A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.

  6. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.  Students must file a Verification of Active Duty form each semester with The Office of Admission and Enrollment.

  7. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.  A copy of the DD214 form showing this status is required and must be filed with The Office of Admission and Enrollment.

  8. A private or out-of-state college or university and who have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by a grade of C or better in courses that are recognized as requiring college-level reading, writing and/or mathematical skills as approved by UT Dallas.

Note: Official transcripts should be submitted to UT Dallas  The Office of Admission and Enrollment as soon as possible. Official evaluation must be completed to determine course equivalences before a TSI waiver will be granted. If you are a student with a TSI Hold on your record, it must be removed prior to registering for courses. Contact an academic advisor in your program for more information.




Policies and Procedures

Students who are required to take the TSI Assessment and do not score at the college readiness levels will be required to register for Developmental Education courses for all areas in which they did not achieve the stated cut-score. Their enrollment in Developmental Education is required during the first semester of attendance. If UT Dallas does not offer Developmental Education courses in the semester the student registers then the student is required to register for Developmental Education at a local community college. Students must work with their UT Dallas School academic advisor and the UT Dallas TSI coordinator to ensure they are properly enrolled in courses at UT Dallas as well as Developmental Education courses at a local community college. If at any time during the semester a student is in violation of this policy, the student may be dropped from their UTD course(s).

UT Dallas recommends that students enroll in Developmental Education courses at Richland College, with whom UT Dallas has a collaborative relationship. UT Dallas has an information sharing agreement with Richland College that makes it easier to track and verify student enrollment and course completion. However, students may enroll in Developmental Education courses at another local community college. Students should discuss this with their UT Dallas School academic advisor and the UT Dallas TSI coordinator.

Students are required to successfully complete the developmental coursework sequence at the community college to become TSI complete. A student can only become TSI complete if they have completed the highest level of the developmental education coursework at the community college or until they reach the college-ready standard on the TSI Assessment.

Participation and Attendance

For students attending Richland College, attendance and continuing registration information is provided to UT Dallas by Richland College. For students attending other local community colleges, the student is responsible for regularly providing the UT Dallas TSI Coordinator proof of continued enrollment throughout the semester. Students must adhere to the policies and the procedures of the community college in regards to registration, attendance, course requirements, etc. Students who are required to be in Developmental Education for TSI purposes may not drop a developmental course unless they reach a college-ready score on the TSI Assessment, examination, become TSI exempt through alternative means, or withdraw from all university courses for the semester. All drop forms are to be signed by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

UTD TSI Coordinator
Amanda Whitten
Founders Building FO2.202
(972) 883-2702


  • Student Success Center: Whether it is individualized tutoring, Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), Supplemental Instruction (SI), coordinated group study, or another approach to improving academic achievement, our student success team members make every attempt to assist students in achieving their academic goals across a wide variety of subject areas.


    • Math Lab
    • Writing Center
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Success Coaching

  • Student Outreach and Academic Retention Office (SOAR): The individualized plan will be designed to help each student improve their academic standing by addressing their specific needs including but not limited to study skills, time management skills, personal issues, and appropriate campus office referrals. SOAR office advising is available to all students though not required of students in good standing.


  • Student Transitions: The Student Transition Programs office provides programming, services, involvement opportunities and websites specific to the transfer, sophomore, junior and senior student populations.


  • Student AccessAbility:  The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to equal access to educational, recreational and social endeavors for students with disabilities. The primary function of the Office of Student AccessAbility (OSA) is to provide: Academic accommodations for eligible students with a documented physical, mental or sensory disability, Facilitation of non-academic and environmental accommodations and services, Resources and referral information, and advocacy support as necessary and appropriate.


  • New Student Programs: New Student Programs offers orientations, programs, counseling, and peer support to give new students a strong start in their university career. Students are invited to discuss personal, social, academic, and career concerns with the coordinator or an Orientation Team Mentor. 


  • Freshman Year Experience: There's nothing quite like your first year of college. A new world awaits, and UT Dallas wants to help you make the most of the experience.


  • Career Center: We provide assistance with recorded mock interviews and numerous seminars, including resume writinginterviewing skills, and conducting an effective job search. Representatives of business, government, industry, education, and social agencies recruit at  Career Expos and  on-campus interviews.


  • Childcare: Parents who attend classes are eligible for child care services during their class hours. We provide quality care for children ages 4 to 11. Child care hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.


  • International Student Services: The International Student Services Office(ISSO) provides student programs, advising and resources to the UT Dallas international student population


  • Veteran Services Center: The UT Dallas Veteran Services Center (VSC) is a resource center for veterans, reservists, eligible dependents and active duty military students attending UT Dallas. We help you access information about VA benefits, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and on- and off- campus veterans support services. The center provides a veterans' lounge that allows you to meet and greet other vets.


  • Student Wellness Center: The mission of the UT Dallas Student Wellness Center is to promote health, fitness and responsible personal choices among our students through educational programs, resources and individual consultations.


Community Resources

  • Transportation

    • UTD Parking and Transportation: Information about parking lots, parking permits, Comet Cruiser, Comet Cabs, Shuttles, Zipcars, student DART passes.

    • Dallas Area Rapid Transit: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make your trip fast, comfortable and economical. Our extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 220,000 passengers per day across our 700-square-mile service area.

  • City of Richardson: Resident/Visitor Info – social services, maps, area entertainment, libraries, etc.


  I certify that I have completed the Pre-Assessment Activity. I have prepared by doing sample questions and understand the consequences of not passing the TSI Assessment.