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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Student Testing - Texas Success Initiative Exemptions

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions


Exemptions to the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment and placement requirement include a student who:

  • Has an ACT (taken within the last five years) composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and the Math tests

  • Has a SAT score (taken within the last five years) with a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1,070 and a minimum of 500 on both the verbal and the mathematics tests;

  • Has a TAKS (exit level) score of 2200 in math and/or 2200 in English/Language Art (ELA) with a writing sub score of at least 3;

  • Has achieved an exit-level score on the COMPASS or an approved alternative test;

  • Transferred from an institution of higher education, from a private or independent institution of higher education or from an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and has satisfactorily completed college-level work as determined by the receiving institution

  • Graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution of higher education;

  • Previously attended any Texas public institution and was determined to meet college-readiness standards by that institution;

  • Is enrolled in a Level-One Certificate program;

  • Is enrolled in a dual or concurrent credit course based on 10th grade TAKS scores;

  • Is serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces or Texas National Guard;

  • Currently serves, and has served for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, as a member of a reserve component of the United State Armed Forces;

  • On or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard;

  • On or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired or released from service as a member of a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces; or

  • Is non-degree or non-certificate seeking.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur requires assessment and placement for all students intending to enroll in a college-level math and/or English composition course. TSI exemptions do not apply to enrollment in those courses..

Click here to view TSI exemptions at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.

To learn more about specific tests or Texas Success Initiative Exemptions (TSI), click on the appropriate link to the right.

For more information Testing Services located in the Student Success Center building, cal (409) 984-6244, or email bertindc@lamarpa.edu (Darren Bertin)


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