The ACT Test

The ACT assesses your skills in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science reasoning

The ACT is a placement exam at Seminole State. If you do not do well on part of the test, it does not mean that you cannot enter a specific program. It simply tells us what your strengths and weaknesses are so we can place you in the appropriate courses and help you complete your program.

Who Should Take the ACT?

The state of Florida requires students to take admissions or placement tests before entering certain programs. The test you take depends on the program you wish to enter. You should take the ACT if you:

  • Are entering a college-credit degree or certificate program; and
  • Have not already taken the ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT; or took the ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT.

The ACT meets state requirements for students entering a college-credit program.

I've Already Taken the ACT. How Do I Transfer My Scores to Seminole State?

You are responsible for ensuring that Seminole State receives your official ACT scores. To be valid, scores must be received directly from the test publisher in a sealed envelope. Seminole State will not accept unofficial copies of your ACT scores or scores listed on your high school transcript.

If Seminole State does not receive your placement scores before your advisement appointment, you will be required to take a placement test ( Accuplacer/CPT or PERT).

  • If your placement scores arrive during the add/drop period, you may drop any English or mathematics courses you registered for based on your ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT results and replace them with courses based on the new scores (pending course availability).
  • If your placement scores arrive after the add/drop period but before the withdrawal deadline, you may withdraw from any English or mathematics courses you registered for based on your ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT results and use the new scores to enroll in courses for the subsequent term. Seminole State will not refund the cost of courses from which you withdraw.

If you have trouble locating and/or requesting your official ACT test scores:

  • Contact the facility at which you took the ACT.
  • Speak with Seminole State's Admissions Office at 407.708.2050 for information about obtaining your official ACT records.
  • Visit the ACT website or call 319.337.1313.

What Do My Scores Mean?

Use the table below for help interpreting your ACT scores.

  ScoreACT Test Results/Course Placement
English < 16
  • ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT required
> 17
  • ENC 1101: English I*
Reading < 18
  • ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT required
> 19
  • ENC 1101: English I* 
Math < 18
  • ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT required
19 - 24
  • MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra** or ACCUPLACER/CPT (CLM)
25 - 28
  • MAC 1105: College Algebra***; or
  • STA 2023:  Statistics or
  • MGF 1106: College Mathematics; or
  • MGF 1107: Liberal Arts Mathematics or ACCUPLACER/CPT (CLM)
29 - 30
  • MAC 1140: Precalculus; or
  • MAC 1114: Trigonometry; or
  • MAC 2233: Concepts of Calculus
  • Students may select from the above course or select from the following:
  • MAC 1105: College Algebra**; or
  • MGF 1106: College Mathematics; or
  • MGF 1107: Liberal Arts Math; or
  • STA 2023: Statistics
> 31
  • For entrance into MAC 2311*** Calculus I or higher, students must take Accuplacer - College Level Math (CLM) portion only MAC 1147: Precalculus with Trigonometry
  • MAC 1140: Precalculus***; or
  • MAC 1114: Trigonometry***; or
  • MAC 1147: Precalculus with Trigonometry; or
  • MAC 2233: Concepts of Calculus***

* ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT exemption and subsequent enrollment in ENC 1101: English I requires ACT scores of 17 or above in English and 19 or above in Reading.

** It is strongly recommended that students whose ACT mathematics score falls in the 19-21 range take the ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT for appropriate course placement.

*** Students who enroll in MAC 1105: College Algebra and plan to advance to MAC 2311: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I will follow a predetermined course sequence:

  1. MAC 1105: College Algebra
  2. MAC 1140: Precalculus Algebra
  3. MAC 1114: Trigonometry
  4. MAC 2311: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Please note: Precalculus, trigonometry and calculus courses are rigorous. Students are encouraged to meet with Tommy Minton, associate dean of mathematics, to discuss course requirements prior to the start of classes. To set up a meeting, email or call 407.708.2252.

What Should I Do if I Haven't Taken the ACT?

Seminole State is a national ACT testing center, offering the exam four times per year. To take the ACT you must register in advance on the ACT website or in any high school guidance office.

You may opt to take the SAT, ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT. All of these exams meet the state of Florida's requirements for entering a college-credit program.

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