Developmental Education FAQ
Check below for answers to common questions about Developmental Education Reform and its impact on placement testing and remediation.
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Question 1: How do eligible students request exemption from testing or remediation?
Those who are not required to take the placement test or remediation must visit an advisor to complete the "Common Placement Test Waiver" form. The advisor will explain the student's options and help in the development of an educational plan. The student's record will be flagged that the student is "exempt" from testing and remediation.
Question 2: If a student is flagged as "exempt" can he/she still take remedial courses?
Yes, students have the option of deciding what is best for them. If they are receiving financial assistance or Veteran benefits, however, they should check to make sure their funding is not impacted.
Question 3: Did Senate Bill 1720 remove the limitation of 12 hours of lower division college credit coursework for students who have not completed developmental education requirements?
Yes; however, it is the expectation that students who are required to complete developmental education are completing developmental education as expeditiously as possible.
Question 4: May a student who earns a high school certificate of completion (withdrawal code: W8A) be admitted to an associate degree program at a Florida College System institution?
Yes, a student who earns a certificate of completion is eligible for admission to an associate degree program at a Florida College System institution pursuant to s. 1003.433, F.S. These students are NOT eligible for the exemption, and must take a common placement test prior to enrollment, and subsequently enroll in a developmental education option if indicated.
Question 5: Do all students have to take a common placement test?
No, according to s. 1008.30(4)(a), F.S., Florida standard high school diploma recipients who enter 9th grade in a Florida public school 2003-04 and thereafter and active duty military are not required to take a common placement test. Other students may also not be required to take the common placement test. Click here for more information on placement testing.
Question 6: Who is required to take the common placement test?
Question 7: Are prospective dual enrollment students exempted from taking the common placement test?
Question 8: Are home education students exempted from common placement testing and developmental education?
Question 9: Are Florida private high school students eligible for the exemption?
Question 10: Are veterans of the armed services exempt from common placement testing and developmental education?
The answer can be yes or no.
Yes, veterans who meet the exemption criteria in s. 1008.30(4)(a), F.S., are exempted from common placement testing and developmental education.
No, veterans who do not meet the exemption criteria in s. 1008.30(4)(a), F.S., are not exempted from common placement testing and developmental education, if necessary.
Check with an advisor in EFSC's Military and Veterans Service Center if you need additional information.
Question 11: If I am not exempt and am required to take math prep courses, can I take College Algebra immediately after I complete those prep courses?
No. Students who have taken math prep courses with the prefix MATV must complete the MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra prerequisite course prior to entering College Algebra.