Common Exams Used by State Colleges and Universities

The exams most commonly required by state colleges and universities are described below in alphabetical order.

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ACT

The ACT is:

  • An acceptable placement exam that allows students to meet state-mandated college-credit entry requirements.
  • Replaceable by the CPT or PERT if students wish to challenge their ACT placement.
  • A universally accepted college admissions test in the United States.

Seminole State is a national ACT testing center, offering the exam four times per year. Students may register to take the test on the ACT website.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP is a nationally recognized exam. By passing it, students demonstrate their college-level competency in various subjects. Seminole State is a national CLEP testing center, offering the exam to anyone in the Central Florida community who is eligible to take it.

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Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)

The CASAS:

  • Helps place non-native English speakers in the appropriate course levels.
  • Meets the state-mandated entry requirement for students entering Seminole State's ESOL Program.
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Computerized Placement Test (ACCUPLACER/CPT)

Please note: The CPT has been replaced by the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Please see the PERT Web page for more information.

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Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

The DANTES is a nationally recognized testing program that was initially designed for military veterans and reservists. Passing the exam indicates a student's college-level competency in various subjects. Seminole State is a national DANTES testing center, offering the exam to anyone in the Central Florida community who is eligible to take it.

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

The FCAT is a state-mandated exam that students must pass in order to obtain a high school diploma. It is required for students who started ninth grade during or after the 1999-2000 academic year, even if continuous enrollment was not maintained. Seminole State is an FCAT testing center, offering the exam to those in the Central Florida community who are eligible to take it.

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GED® Test

The GED® test is a national testing program that provides an alternative method for obtaining a high school equivalency diploma. Seminole State is a national GED® testing center. Any Seminole County resident without a high school diploma is eligible to take the GED® test at Seminole State.

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Level of English Proficiency Test (LOEP)

The LOEP:

  • Helps place non-native English speakers in the appropriate course levels.
  • Meets entry requirements for students entering Seminole State's English Language Institute.
  • Places students in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program as well as preparatory English courses.
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    Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

    Please note: The PERT has replaced the Computerized Placement Test ACCUPLACER/CPT as Seminole State's primary placement exam.

    The PERT is:

    • Required for all students entering a college-credit program who do not meet the stated exemption criteria.
    • Used for placement purposes for most college-credit programs.
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      SAT

      The SAT is:

      • An acceptable placement exam that allows students to meet state-mandated college-credit entry requirements.
      • Replaceable by the CPT or PERT if students wish to challenge their SAT placement.
      • A universally accepted — and the most commonly used — college admissions test in the United States.
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      Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

      The TABE is a basic skills exam that meets the state-mandated entry requirements for:

      • Non-college-credit career programs.
      • Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.
      • The GED® test preparation program.
      • Seminole State's Adult High School.

      Examination Day Reminders

      • Prior to taking any examination, you will need to present a current, valid and original photo ID with a signature (e.g., passport, driver’s license or state-issued ID card).
      • If your photo ID does not include a signature, a second ID is required with your name and signature (e.g., Social Security card, voter registration card, credit card or debit card).
      • The PERT is administered on a computer. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion so you can work out your answers.

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