New Rules for Placement Testing
In 2013, the Florida Legislature adopted new rules regarding Developmental Education, which affect placement testing and developmental course requirements for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. Effective Spring 2014, only certain students are required to take a common placement test and enroll in developmental education classes if their scores indicate it is necessary.
Students Not Required to Take a Placement Test
Students meeting either of the following conditions are not required to take a placement test:
- Students who entered ninth grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-04 school year or after and earned a Florida standard high school diploma.
- Students who are currently serving as active-duty members of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services.
Exempt students may choose to take a common placement test to help identify where they need additional preparation. Regardless of the student’s score, he or she is not required to enroll in developmental education.
Students Required to Take a Placement Test
FTIC students who do not meet one of the above criteria for exemption must submit common placement test scores, such as the ACT, SAT or Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), prior to their group advising appointment. The Assessment and Testing Office offers the PERT for free at any Seminole State campus. Visit the Assessment and Testing website for hours of operation.
Students with questions are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor, who can assist them with the best possible placement.