Important Information About Placement Exams
Placement exams assess the academic skills of each student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in certain levels of academic coursework.
Students shall be exempt from the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative who meet or exceed the following criteria (note: some of the exemptions are full and others are partial):
- ACT – composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (ACT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of test.) Note that the English test covers the TSI areas of reading and writing and the Mathematics test covers the TSI area of mathematics.
- SAT – combined Critical Reading and Mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on Critical Reading and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (SAT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.) Note that the Critical Reading content covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics content covers the TSI area of Mathematics. Score requirements: After March 1, 2016: EBRW-480, MATH-530, no composite.
- TAKS (exit-level) – 2200 in mathematics and 2200 in English Language Arts (ELA) with a subscore of at least 3. Students who do not meet the exemption criteria in all areas will need to take the TSI Assessment in the areas they did not meet the exemption criteria. Note that the English Language section covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics section covers the TSI area of Mathematics. (Valid for 5 years.)
- A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- A student who transfers to UTSA from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by this institution.
- A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards at that institution.
- 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 for at least a three-year period preceding enrollment.
- 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 student who is non-degree seeking and has earned fewer than 12 credit hours at UTSA.
Would you like to sharpen your skills in mathematics? Would you like to increase your chance of success in college math courses?
For students whose math skills are a little rusty, The Department of Mathematics offers Jump Start.
Jump Start is a faster paced program for students who took the Math Placement exam and scored just under the acceptable score for entrance into MAT 1093 or 1214.
Math Jump Start programs are led by our Math faculty, and their goal is to prepare participants for success in their future math courses, not to simply pass a test. The knowledge that needs to be built or refreshed with the participants will be cemented during their time with the Jump Start faculty.
- SAT Subject.
- IS 1403.
- International Baccalaureate (IB).
- Departmental Competency-Based Exams.
- CLEP. The College-Level Examination Program ® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course.
- Advanced Placement (AP).
You MUST submit acceptable paperwork regarding your disability accommodation needs to the Student Disability Services office at least three weeks prior to your desired test date.
Keep in mind that not all tests can be retaken. Be sure to secure your approval before registration.