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Placement Tests and Exemptions


Please note that assessment may be required for first-semester students. Per Florida state rule 6A-10.0315, a degree-seeking student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education.  All students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to the 2003-2004 school year or did not attend a Florida public high school must take the Florida Post Secondary Education Test (P.E.R.T.) or submit SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, or FCAT scores that exempt them from the college developmental program or they must submit college transcripts that show the completion of Freshman English I or Intermediate Algebra.  The above placement test rule applies to students enrolling in CTE, Career and Technical Education, programs.  If the student earned a Florida standard high school diploma, they are exempt from taking the TABE and meeting basic skills requirements.   

Placement instruments are not used for admission to the college; although, they may be used as a guide for admission to certain limited access programs. There are two types of assessment instruments for general admission to the college: the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) and the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Both measure reading, math and language skills. The placement test for degree programs (AA, AS and BAS) and business or computer related college credit certificates is the P.E.R.T. The placement test for Career and Technical Education certificate programs and the EMT, Office Support and Paramedic certificate programs is the TABE. All placement tests and tests used for exemption to the placement tests are valid for two years.  .  An increase in placement score requirements for ACT Reading and all P.E.R.T. cut scores is effective October 22, 2013.   

Exemptions to the Placement Tests

Postsecondary Education Readiness (P.E.R.T.) - You are not required to take the related portions of the test if the following conditions are met:

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) - You are not required to take the related portions of the test if the following conditions are met:

Last Updated: 4/1/14