Common Placement Test Information
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A remote testing option for College Credit Placement Testing via the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Exam (equivalent to the PERT) is available for current or accepted EFSC students who need to take a common college credit placement test. Remote options are available for several other tests, plus EFSC Assessment Centers have begun on-campus options for select exams not available remotely. Click for Virtual & On-Campus Testing Availability and information on how to register or request testing. Visit the Virtual Student Services Guide for contact information.
Eastern Florida State College, along with all other Florida community colleges, administers the Florida Department of Education approved common placement tests: Florida's Postsecondary Education Readiness Test better known as PERT and ACCUPLACER Next Generation (NG). PERT is EFSC's primary placement test, and ACCUPLACER NG is the secondary placement test. Students who demonstrate advanced mathematics skills by scoring 130+ in PERT math or 258+ in Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) may take the NG Advanced Algebraic Functions (AAF) for advanced mathematics placement.
These placement tests are designed to assess academic skill level in English, reading and mathematics with required assessment scores for college-level courses set by the state of Florida. These exams will be used to determine if you need remediation in any academic subject areas and if you can begin your mathematics coursework at an advanced level. Check the current Placement Scores Chart.
Taking the Placement Test
Once students have applied to EFSC, paid their admissions application fee, and received a student ID number, they may call 321-632-1111 to schedule a placement test appointment. High school students may be tested without application submission by providing EFSC with complete name, date of birth, social security number, high school name and current grade level. Initial test administration is free, except when we administer a placement test to a non-EFSC student for another college or for other non-enrollment purpose. Retests per EFSC Retest Policy require payment of a $10 retest fee. The test is untimed and administered by computer. Each subsection consists of 30 questions and the projected time frame to complete each subtest is approximately 60 minutes.
The two tests have different scoring ranges. PERT subtest scores range from 50-150. ACCUPLACER subtest scores range from 200-300. A paper and pencil version of the test and special accommodations for disabled students is available.
Exemption from the Common Placement Test is possible if:
- You've taken the SAT-1, Enhanced ACT or CPT/FELPT (within the last 24 months), and earned scores that place you in college-level courses according to the placement chart.
- You've earned college-level credit at a C or higher in English and/or mathematics from a U.S. regionally-accredited institution. Official transcripts are required. Earned credits in either area will exempt placement test in that subject.
- You’ve entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma, or
- Serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services
- You have successfully completed any required course in Development Education in the state of Florida.
Retaking the Common Placement Test
Test scores are expected to improve on the subsequent attempts as long as review of the subject material occurs. Dual Enrollment High School students may exercise a subject retest option twice during a 12 month period for a $10 retest fee. Degree seeking students may retake the PERT after 30 days from the test administration date, provided they are not currently enrolled in coursework of retesting subject. There is a $10 retest fee per test, and there are situations where documentation of subject review is required. Retest administrations will be done with alternating forms.
Students who've registered for the test, but think they are not prepared, are advised to reschedule the PERT administration at a later time to allow them more time for review.