Common Placement Test Basics, Including Possible Exemptions


Testing Services Update


Many testing options are now available in an on-campus or remote format, including the common college credit placement tests known as PERT and ACCUPLACER. On-campus placement testing is by appointment Monday - Thursday. Click for information on test availability, including how to register or request testing.

Degree-seeking students are required to present test scores from a common placement test or meet placement testing exemption status prior to registering for classes. At Eastern Florida State College, the following placement tests are accepted:

  • Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • ACCUPLACER Next Generation (NG)

Scores must be current, which means the test was not taken more than two years prior to starting classes at EFSC. Scores used for placement purposes for the first-time student may be from the same test, or placement may be determined by mixing subtests of different tests, providing all scores are within the two-year time limit. EFSC will use the scores that offer the best placement for the student.

To satisfy the placement testing requirement, you may do any ONE of the following:
  • Have your official SAT/ACT score reports that are less than 2 years old from your enrollment date sent to EFSC by the testing company.
  • Take the Common Placement Test and/or other program required testing. At EFSC the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is EFSC's primary placement test, and ACCUPLACER NG is the secondary placement test. (View PERT and ACCUPLACER details and how to register)
  • Provide your official college transcript indicating completion of an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree or higher, or completion of college level English or math with a “C” or better from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. Placement of transfer students will be based on the official evaluation of credit earned at previous colleges; testing may be required based on that evaluation.
  • Qualify for an exemption from placement testing under Florida Statute 1008.30, which removes the placement testing requirement for students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma; OR those who serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services. For a qualifying Florida public high school graduate, the placement test exemption will be automatically processed by EFSC once an official Florida public high school transcript is received with the correct criteria. No further action is required from the student. In-progress transcripts cannot be used to waive the placement test requirement. The transcript must confirm the equivalence of a standard high school diploma and have a graduation date. Active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Services can contact the Military & Veteran Services Center to process the testing waiver.

More on the Placement Testing Exemption and the Impact on Registration

At Eastern Florida, in accordance with state law related to Developmental Education Reform, students are either “exempt” from placement testing based on the exemption guidelines created by Florida law (and explained in the bullet above) or they are considered “traditional placement” if they do not meet the state exemption guidelines. View the FAQ for more details on the placement testing exemption created by Florida lawmakers, including details on students who it does not appy to, such as home schooled and private school students.

"Traditional placement" students without current test scores, or those scoring below the state-mandated college ready cutoff scores, will be tested for reading, writing and/or mathematics proficiency using the PERT. Check the current Cutoff Scores Chart. Traditional placement students who test less than college ready must enroll in developmental education courses in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Exempt students may elect to test for academic competency and enroll in developmental education even though it is no longer required. If an exempt student does elect for testing and has scores below the college-ready level, they should consider talking to their academic advisor about remedial needs and developmental education as they prepare for college courses. It is in the student's best interest to enroll in developmental education coursework that is either elected or required as early as possible in a student's academic career.

Cut scores for placement into specific college credit classes are defined by SBE Rule 6A-10.0315. Students should see an advisor if needed to discuss and determine exemption or placement recommendations.