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College Placement

  • If you live outside Pinellas County and can't come to a Test Center, make arrangements to take a proctored exam.

  • Are you ready for college-level courses?

    How do you know if you're at college level in reading, English and math? By looking at:

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

    The College Placement Test helps you figure out which classes you should take and pinpoints areas where you may need help with your skills.

    If you need help, we've got you covered. We have new, more flexible courses and tools to prepare you. These will save you time, money and effort.

    How does SPC help me?

    We want you to succeed. And being prepared is the best way to do that. We offer these options to get you ready for college-level work:

    • Short 1- to 2-credit courses that quickly help you in specific areas
    • Free online, work-at-your-own-pace classes to get you ready for college-level math, reading and writing. You can also take these to prepare for the placement test.
    • Courses you take alongside your regular college-level class (such as a writing improvement class taught by your Composition I teacher).
    • Free tutoring on nearly every campus in our Learning Support Centers (This can also prepare you for the placement test.)
  • How do I prepare for my placement test?

    You can use the following guides to help prepare for you a placement test.

    Study guides containing more in-depth review materials to prepare for either college placement test are available for:

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

  • How do I take the test?

    You can take the placement test at one of our Test Centers during specific hours. You take the test online and it is not timed. We recommend you allow 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete it.

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

    When you come to take the test, you will need:

    • Valid, photo ID
    • SPC student ID number

    You cannot bring food, drink, electronic devices or any other materials into the test room.

    Accommodations

    If you have a disability and require testing accommodations beyond extended time (test is not timed), contact Disability Resources to make arrangements for accommodations.

    Test retake fees

    The test is free the first time you take it. You will be charged a $15 fee for retakes. Test scores expire for placement purposes after two years.

  • Testing Locations and Hours

  • To better meet your needs, main testing centers (Clearwater, Downtown, Seminole, St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs campuses) are open:

    • Mondays - Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

     

  • How do I know if I need to take a placement test?

    At SPC, we encourage all incoming students to take a placement test. That's one of the best ways to predict your readiness for college work. And it's free.

    Testing required

    The test is required for new students who:

    • Graduated from a private high school
    • Received a high school diploma as a home-schooled student
    • Graduated from a Florida public high school in or before 2007 or started 9th grade before the 2003-04 school year
    • Completed a GED
    • Graduated from an out-of-state high school

    If you are required to take a placement test, your scores will be used to determine which courses to take. Find out what these scores mean.  

    Testing optional

     Because of changes in state rules, some incoming students no longer have to take a placement test or enroll in readiness courses to prepare them for college-level work. The placement test is optional if you:

    • 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

    If you decide not to take a placement test, meet with an advisor to review your academic history and find out what courses are right for you.

  • Scores used for placement must be less than two years old. SPC uses the highest scores from the PERT, Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT administered within the last two years.

    CPT
    Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) 
    Interim Scaled Score Range
    Subject to change
    Prior to 10/22/2013
    Interim Scaled Score Range
    Subject to change
    On or after 10/22/2013
    Placement
    Reading subtest (110) 50-83 50-83 REA 0007
    84-103 84-105 REA 0017 or REA 0056
    104-150 106-150 No reading needed
    120-150 120-150 Qualifies for honors with a score of 115 or higher in Writing (111)
    Writing subtest (111) 50-89 50-89 ENC 0015
    90-98 90-102 ENC 0025 or ENC 0056
    99-150 103-150 ENC 1101
    120-150 120-150 Qualifies for honors with a score of 120 or higher in Reading (110)
    Math subtest (112) 50-95 50-95 MAT 0018
    96-112 96-113 MAT 0028
      107-113 MAT 0056
      110-113 MAT 0055
    113-122 114-122 MAT 1033 or MAT 1100
    123-150 Accuplacer College Level Math subtest (235) score required to determine eligibility for higher placement Refer to Accuplacer Test Scores
    CPT
    Accuplacer 
    Scaled Score Range Placement
    Reading subtest (205) 20-53 REA 0007
    54-82 REA 0017
    75-82 REA 0990
    83-120 No reading needed
    100 -120 Qualifies for honors with a score of 100 or higher in Sentence Skills (200)
    Sentence Skills subtest (200) 20-57 ENC 0015
    58-82 ENC 0025
    75-82 ENC 0990
    83-120 ENC 1101
    100-120 Qualifies for honors with a score of 100 or higher in Reading (205)
    Arithmetic subtest (215) 20-64 MAT 0018
    65-120 MAT 0028
    80-120 MAT 0990
    Elementary Algebra subtest (225) 20-71 See Arithmetic (215) score for placement
    72-120 MAT 1033 or higher depending on College Level Math (235) score
    College Level Math subtest (235) 20-40 See Elementary Algebra (225) score for placement
    41-61 MAC 1105, MGF 1106, MGF 1107, and STA 2023
    62-120 MAC 1105, MGF 1106, MGF 1107, STA 2023, or higher as determined by the Campus Academic Chair of Mathematics
    SAT Reasoning Test
    The College Board 
    Scaled Score Range Placement
    Critical Reading subtest (55) Less than 440 Further testing needed for college prep level
    440 or higher ENC 1101
    Math subtest (50) Less than 440 Further testing needed for college prep level
    440 or higher MAT 1033. Further testing needed for higher placement.

     

    ACT Test
    ACT, Inc. 
    Interim Scaled Score Range
    Subject to change
    Prior to 10/22/2013 
    Interim Scaled Score Range
    Subject to change
    On or after 10/22/2013
    Placement
    Reading subtest (179) Less than 18 Less than 19 Further testing needed for college prep level
    18 or higher 19 or higher No reading needed
    English subtest (177) Less than 17 Less than 17 Further testing needed for college prep level
    17 or higher 17 or higher ENC 1101
    Math subtest (181) Less than 19 Less than 19 Further testing needed for college prep level
    19 or higher 19 or higher MAT 1033. Further testing needed for higher level placement