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Assessment and Testing
Assessment and Testing Offices are located on each Seminole State College campus. Each office can accommodate the testing needs of the campus. All exams are closely monitored using security cameras and by one or more proctors. Tests are typically delivered via computer or online. To ensure record security, students are required to provide a current, valid and original photo identification and a signature prior to taking any examination.
The Assessment and Testing Offices administer all exams in compliance with state and national regulations, including adherence to policies outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with documented disabilities, such as visual, auditory and/or physical impairments, may qualify for accommodations including an alternative testing environment, if prescribed by the College's Office of Disability Support Services.
For more information about the services offered by the Assessment and Testing Offices, including testing hours, test preparation (practice tests) and the refresh program, visit www.seminolestate.edu/testing.
Comprehensive Assessment and Testing Offerings
Effective assessment and testing services are integral to student enrollment, placement and success. The Assessment and Testing Offices provide the following examinations:
First-Time-In-College (FTIC) Student Placement Testing
State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 mandates that all first-time-in-college (FTIC) applicants for admission to state colleges and universities who apply to enter degree programs (bachelor's or associate) must be tested for reading, writing and mathematics proficiency prior to the completion of registration, using one or more of the prescribed tests (ACT, SAT, PERT or CPT) and must enroll in college developmental communication and computation instruction if the test scores are lower than those required by the state. The state-mandated Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is used in conjunction with the Accuplacer/CPT for college-credit placement into English and math courses.
Entry level placement test scores must be less than two years old.
Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
For college-credit students without a current ACT, CPT, PERT or SAT score, Seminole State administers the PERT as the primary placement test. Institutional standards have been established for placing students in certain levels of courses based on the PERT scores. The PERT Refresh Program is available for students who wish to challenge their initial PERT outcome. Transfer students who have completed either the first level college-credit English or math class (or successfully completed the last sequential developmental course) do not need to take a placement test. Completion of entry testing is required prior to participation in new student orientation and advisement and prior to registration for any course that has a math or English prerequisite.
All degree-seeking, FTIC students and all college-credit, certificate-seeking students whose degree or certificate program is 12 or more credits must take the PERT. Such students may not register for any credit course at Seminole State until they have a set of complete scores on file.
All students in these groups must take the PERT:
Students are exempt from taking the PERT unless needed as a prerequisite for a specific course, if they provide written documentation for one of the following:
PERT Placement Scores
English Placement (PERT)
Reading Skills Score (> 104) plus Writing Skills Score (> 99) = ENC 1101
Reading Skills Score
50 – 60 = TABE for reading placement or PERT refresh
Writing Skills Score
50 – 89 = ENC 0015C: Developmental Writing I or LOEP/writing sample for EAP Placement
Mathematics Placement (PERT)
Mathematics Skills Score
50 – 60 = TABE for math or PERT refresh
*Students who score 135 or above are eligible to take the CLM portion of the CPT. Please refer to the information below when working with students who have taken the CLM portion of the Accuplacer/CPT.
Accuplacer/CPT: College Level Math (CLM) Skills Score
20 – 39 = MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra
Retaking the PERT
Students may only take the PERT a total of two times (one initial and one retest) within a two-year period. The refresh options are subject to change. Please refer to the online catalog for the most recent update: www.seminolestate.edu/testing/pert/refresher.htm.
To be eligible to retake the PERT, students must refresh their skills. Students may choose one of these two refresh options:
For both options, students should pace themselves. This is a self-study program. It is recommended that students study for a minimum of three hours per subtest. For additional study information visit www.seminolestate.edu/testing/pert/refresher.htm.
The cost to retake the PERT is $10 per testing session (whether you take one or three subtests, the cost is $10). If referred by an advisor, you must have a “Request for Testing Form.”
To be eligible to retake the PERT, you must refresh your skills.
Students should keep in mind these additional rules for testing out of remediation:
Non-native English Speakers Placement Testing
Seminole State College instruction is delivered in the English language. Students should have adequate mastery of the English language to pursue a course of study for credit. If English is not the student's best language, his/her entry testing will begin with the PERT, and he/she may also be required to complete the ESL (English as Second Language) or LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test and writing sample. Students seeking degrees or a career certificates, or those enrolling as dual enrollment students, must complete an approved placement test.
Students are not required to demonstrate English as a second language for proficiency if they have completed freshman English Composition or its equivalent (as determined by Seminole State College) with a grade of "C" or higher or if they have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, bachelor's degree or higher for which English was the language of instruction. Official college/university transcripts are required for documenting English proficiency.
LOEP (also called ESL test)
The LOEP or ESL test is the test of English proficiency for non-native speakers of English used for initial course placement at Seminole State. To be used, the student's scores must be less than 2 years old. When students take the LOEP test, they will also be asked to provide a writing sample (WS). Students must apply to Seminole State to take the LOEP and WS, there is no additional charge and no appointment is necessary. The LOEP and WS may be taken on any campus on a walk-in basis.
Testing hours are available at www.seminolestate.edu/testing. To take the LOEP and WS, visit an Assessment and Testing Office on any campus and bring an official, government issued photo identification such as a driver's license or passport. Once a student begins course work in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), he/she is no longer eligible to retest on the LOEP and WS unless he/she has been absent from the EAP sequence for two or more years.
If the student's English proficiency is such that he/she is not required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, the PERT will be used to place him/her in the appropriate courses.
Early College/Dual Enrollment Entry Testing
Early College/Dual Enrollment students must complete the ACT, CPT, PERT or SAT prior to registration for their first term.
Scores will be used for placement in appropriate courses. English and reading scores must be at college-level to be admitted to the Early College.
Career/Technical Program Placement Testing
Depending on the career/technical program, Seminole State College administers the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE). Normally, the TABE Survey, Level D (either Form 9 or 10) is provided. TABE Survey, Level A is used for the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. Completion of a prescribed remediation program is mandated prior to re-testing for career programs.
Minimum basic skills grade levels in mathematics, language and reading are defined in each career program description adopted under Rule 6A-6.0571. The current catalog's program descriptions provide minimum required TABE scale scores to earn a certificate by program.
Students required to take the TABE are:
Academic advisors are available to consult with students regarding the many exemptions or alternate ways to satisfy this requirement.
Placement Testing: Comparative Chart
Placement Testing: Comparative Chart (ACT, CPT, PERT and SAT)
*Students who score 135 or above are eligible to take the CPT College Level Math (CLM) portion of the CPT.
**Students who take MAC1105 and who are going on to Concepts of Calculus (MAC 2333) will take the following sequence: MAC 1105 --> MAC 1140 --> MAC 1114 --> MAC 2311
Placement Testing – English & Reading
*Student must have both scores to be eligible for English I (ENC 1101)
*Student must have both scores to be eligible for English I (ENC 1101)
Placement for English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
LOEP Reading (and PERT reading less than 104)
LOEP Writing (and PERT writing less than 99)
*Corequisite courses EAP 0300, EAP 0400 and EAP 1500 are speaking and listening courses generally the lower-level of their placement in reading or writing courses. Students may be exempt based on diagnostics and assessments in class. The writing sample can raise or lower placement.
**For placement into Writing and Grammar (EAP 385, EAP 0485, EAP 1540, EAP 1560, EAP 1640), PERT, LOEP and writing sample scores are taken into consideration. The writing sample can raise or lower placement.
All applicants entering college for the first time who intend to begin degree or college credit certificate programs are tested for reading, writing, and mathematics proficiency, unless they have earned a college ready diploma from a Florida public high school or already have submitted college placement scores. Students are placed in college developmental writing, reading and/or mathematics if test scores indicate a need for such instruction. A student's enrollment in certain credit courses may be restricted because of academic deficiencies.
Each of the three skill areas -- reading, writing and mathematics -- are independent of each other. Students may place at the college level in one area and at the developmental level in the other area(s). Students are required to enroll in developmental courses at the beginning of their enrollment at Seminole State and continue to enroll in them each term until they have completed their required courses. If students are enrolled in the appropriate developmental course(s), they may also enroll in the college-level courses for which they meet the prerequisite(s).
Developmental courses in reading, writing and mathematics include:
NOTE: Students scoring into two or more college preparatory discipline areas are required to complete College Success (SLS 1101).
State of Florida Rules
12-hour rule: Florida Statute requires students to enroll in college developmental instruction by the time they have registered for the 12th hour of college-credit coursework. Students must continuously enroll in college developmental courses until they reach satisfactory completion of the prescribed remedial coursework. This rule does not provide Seminole State the authority to make exceptions to this requirement.
Repeating courses: Florida Statute limits students to three attempts to pass each developmental course, including original grades, repeat grades and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt, the student is assessed the full cost of instruction, is not permitted to withdraw and receives a grade for the course. The student may petition to waive the full cost of instruction due to extenuating circumstances or financial hardship by completing the ”Request for Exemption from Full Cost of Instruction” (non- refundable) form available from the Records and Registration Office. Enrollment in a class beyond the 100-percent refund period, regardless of whether a student finishes the term, is considered an attempt.
Alternative instruction: In accordance with Florida law, students may use alternatives to traditional college developmental instruction. For information about these options, contact the professional staff in the Academic Success Center or meet with a Seminole State academic advisor.
All developmental courses -- reading, writing and mathematics -- use the same withdrawal practices. Students may withdraw during the College’s withdrawal period and take the same developmental course again without retesting.
College Developmental Flow Chart: Reading/Writing and Math Sequences
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