What happens if I do not pass all sections?
You must enroll in a developmental course every semester (Fall/Spring/Summer I/Summer II) until you clear all three sections of TSI. Dropping a developmental course may result in a TSI violation. Talk to an advisor before dropping a developmental course.
ENG 1310 (Reading)
ENG 1320 (Writing)
MATH 1300/1334 (Elementary/Intermediate Algebra)
If you do not register in a developmental course, you will be enrolled in a TSI lab (tutorial program) which does not count towards registered hours and carries a fee of $120 for the semester. Failure to fulfill TSI lab requirements will result in a violation.
You may be deemed College Ready either by testing and meeting minimum passing standards or by passing the
appropriate developmental course/TSI lab.
Do some programs require a TSI approved exam even if I am exempt?
Yes, you must pass a TSI approved exam before enrolling in teacher education coursework, an alternative certification program or before an emergency teaching permit can be issued.
Should I enroll in developmental courses? If you have not passed TSI requirements or do not meet departmental requirements to enroll in college level Math and English courses, you need to enroll in a developmental course(s). These are non-credit courses and are not calculated in your GPA
ENG 1310 - Reading
Helps prepare students for future reading assignments in required courses. Emphasizes techniques for improving reading ability. Must be taken early in a student’s college career. A grade of “P” is passing. Required if: Reading THEA score is below 230 Accuplacer score is below 78 (recommended for students whose combined English and Reading ACT score is below 34).
ENG 1320 - Writing
Reviews basic writing skills. Introduces the written essay and includes the study of sentence structure, language use, spelling, and punctuation. A grade of “P” is passing. Required if: Writing THEA score is below 240 (recommended for students whose English ACT score is below 24).
MATH 1300 - Elementary Algebra
Introduces basic arithmetical operations of fractions, signed numbers, decimals, percentages, elementary geometry, introduction to algebra, linear equations, etc. A grade of “C” or better is passing. Required if: Math ACT score is below 17 and Math THEA score is below 260 Math Accuplacer score is below 82
MATH 1334 - Intermediate Algebra
Includes factors of polynomials, rational expressions, linear equations and graphs, quadratic equations, etc. Is designed to prepare students for college algebra. A grade of “C” or better is passing. Required if: Math THEA score is below 260, Accuplacer score is 83 or higher and CLM is below 70 and Math ACT score is from 17-19. (also required of students who pass MATH 1300 and have not passed Math with a 260 or higher).
Reading: HIST 2313, HIST 2314, POLS 2313, POLS 2314, PSY 1310, any ENG 23xx
Math: MATH 1340 or higher level math
Writing: ENG 1301, ENG 1302
You may not enroll in courses designated as reading, math or writing intensive until you have successfully completed both TSI and departmental developmental education requirements:
Reading: If your Reading THEA score is below 230, Accuplacer score is below 78 (or your combined English and Reading ACT score is below 34) and you have not passed ENG 1310, you may not enroll in the following Reading Intensive courses: ENG 2303 ENG 2305 ENG 2307 HIST 2313 HIST 2314 PSY 1310 POLS 2313 POLS 2314
Math: If your Math THEA score is below 260, Accuplacer score is below 83 , College Level Math (CLM) is below 70 and you have not passed MATH 1334, you may not enroll in the following Math Intensive courses: MATH 1340 or higher level math
Writing: If your Writing THEA score is below 240 and you have not passed ENG 1320, you may not enroll in the following Writing Intensive courses: ENG 1301 ENG 1302
Enrollment in the above courses will be permitted after successfully completing developmental courses in the appropriate areas.
60 Hour Limit
UPPER DIVISION COURSES (3000-4000 LEVEL): Students whose earned and registered hours total 60 or more are not eligible to enroll in upper division courses until clearing all three areas of TSI.
General Test Information
UTPA’s Testing Office is located at the UTPA Haggar Building, Office 1.102, in Edinburg at 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive. Call (956) 665-7570 or (956) 665-7523. For a schedule of available test dates, please visit www.utpa.edu/step and click on Register Here. Online registration and payment are required.
What happens if I have not tested?
Students who are not exempt from TSI testing must test prior to enrolling in college credit coursework. Students are limited to enrolling in developmental coursework only until test scores are provided. A registration hold is placed on the student’s account. A special test administration of ACCUPLACER is scheduled for Day 2 of EF Orientation. See the information on the testing ticket attached to your Orientation worksheet.
Who Can I Talk to...
If you have questions regarding your TSI status, please contact a TSI Advisors at the University Academic Advisement Center, Southwick Hall 103, (956) 665-7120.