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TSIA 2.0 Exemptions
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    Full Exemptions

    SAT required scores as of March 5, 2016:  evidenced-based Reading and Writing (EBRW)- 480, Mathematics- 530.

    (scores prior to March 5, 2016: composite of 1070 without writing section with sub scores of 500 on ENG and MATH sections).

    ACT composite of 23 without the writing section with sub scores of 19 on ENG and MATH sections.

    STAAR required scores:  4000 English III Writing, 4000 English III Reading, 4000 Algebra II.

    (All scores good for a five year period)

    Partial Exemptions

    A partial exemption allows a student to be exempt from part but not all of the TSI Assessment. For example, a student achieving a 480 on the evidenced-based Reading and Writing of the SAT but only a 500 on the Math section will be exempt from the reading and writing sections of the TSI but must take the math section of  the TSI Assessment prior to registering for college-level courses.

    College Credit Exemption

    • Dual credit by course and section will be evaluated upon receipt of transcripts with final course grades to declare partial TSI completion by test section (i.e., math, reading, or writing)
    • AP test credit may be used once accepted by the student to declare partial TSI completion by test section.
    • Students transferring courses from another institution of higher education may be exempted (partially or fully) upon review of official transcripts*.
    • Students who have previously earned a Baccalaureate or Associate’s degree from another Texas public institution of higher education will be exempted (official transcript required).
    • Students who transferred to UTSA from a private, independent, or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who have satisfactorily completed college-level course work as determined by this institution will be exempted.
    • Admitted, non-degree seeking students will be exempted.

    *Upon receipt of official transcripts from other colleges or universities, UTSA may declare a student “TSI Prior,” indicating that the student has completed the TSI obligation at that institution.

    Military Exemption

    Students who have served in the military (on or after August 1, 1990) and were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the U.S. (copy of DD214 required) will be exempted.

    Active duty military members of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the U.S. will be exempted (letter from commanding officer required). This temporary exemption will be valid for only one semester; orders must be resubmitted each semester.

    TSIA Scores

    TSIA 2.0 Scores (January 2021)TSIA Scores
    (Prior to January 2021)
    ELAR: MC 945 and an Essay: 5 or higherWriting: 340 and an Essay: 4 or higher
    MC 910 and a Diagnostic: 5 or higher and an Essay: 5 or higherReading: 351
    Math: MC 950 or higherMath: 350
    MC 910 and a Diagnostic of 6