SPC offers a wide range of services for SPC students including placement testing, information on course credit by exams, opt-out exams, proctored testing, remote proctored testing, and more.

Learn more about the different tests we offer and valuable information about testing at SPC below.

Placement testing

Placement testing helps you determine which courses you are ready for at SPC. These are not pass/fail tests, and test scores are used to help you decide what classes you should start with to help you be more successful.

College Placement Test

Taking a college placement test helps you decide which classes you should take at SPC. The college placement test used at SPC is the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test, also referred to as the PERT. Test scores are not pass/fail and are used to help you succeed on your academic path. 

Learn more about the test, how to take the test, preparing for the test, and an explanation of scores on the college placement test page.

Math Placement Testing

Math placement is determined by your score on the Post-Secondary Readiness Test (PERT). If you score high enough on the PERT test you may be eligible to take the Accuplacer to determine if you qualify to enroll in a higher-level math course. Find out more about the PERT test and Accuplacer on our College Placement Test page, including an explanation of scores for math placement.

If you qualify to take the Accuplacer for math or have questions about math placement testing, contact the SPC Testing Department.

English Language Placement Testing

If your native language is not English and you score below college level on the reading portion Post-Secondary Readiness Test (PERT), you will need to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test. This test determines your appropriate placement in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, which we offer online and on-campus. 

*If you need to take the LOEP, you may still take the math section of the PERT. However, you may not enroll in math courses until you have successfully completed or are co-enrolled in EAP 1500.

 *International students with F1 visas who have a combined score of 85 or less on the LOEP will be referred directly to the Intensive English Program.

Chemistry Placement Testing

You can take the Chemistry Placement Exam to place directly into CHM 2045/L if you meet the following requirements: 

  • You completed one year of high school chemistry with a grade of C or better
  • You have completed MAC1105 or MAC 1106 with a minimum grade of C or better

To schedule the Chemistry Placement Exam please contact your Academic Advisor. A score of 36 or higher is required to pass the exam.

 Contact an advisor.

Course Credit by Exam/Course Opt-out

At SPC, you may be eligible to earn course credit for your scores on certain standardized tests and course specific opt-out exams.

Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam (CGS 10770)

You can earn credit for the Basic Computer and Information Literacy course (CGS 1070) requirement by successfully completing the Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam.

You cannot take this exam if you are currently enrolled in or have previously attempted these courses at SPC:

  • CTS 1101
  • CGS 1060
  • CGS 1070

The Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam does not count as class credit. A "P" is posted for passing scores.

Taking the Test:

  • There is a $25.50 exam fee, paid to the testing vendor (McGraw-Hill) and a $10.00 proctoring fee to take the test, paid to St. Petersburg College
  • You must achieve a passing score of 70 on each section of the exam (Computer Concepts, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel)
  • Fill out this form to take your test remotely through Honorlock or in-person on an SPC Campus

Preparing for the Test: You can view a list of skills needed to pass the exam here: CGS 1070 Opt Out Exam Practice Resources

Retake Policy:

Students can take the Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam a total of two times. There is a waiting period of three days between attempts and a charge of $10 for the second attempt.

Foreign Language Exam

If you are proficient in a language other than English, you may be able to satisfy your foreign language requirement by successfully completing the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and earning a Language Proficiency Certificate from the American Council the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).

 Scheduling the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI):

1.     Go to https://tms.languagetesting.com/IndividualSite/.

2.     Click the Buy a Test button.

3.     When you reach the screen titled Find your Institution, you must enter St. Petersburg College as the institution name. If you do not, we will not receive your certificate to satisfy your foreign language requirement.

4.     There is a fee of $145.00 for the interview and a fee of $20.00 for the proctor session through Examity you will need to pay.

 If you also want college credits based on the completed Certificate, or you did not select St. Petersburg College as your institution during the registration process, you need to request a transcript through the American Council on Education (ACE). You can find instructions on submitting your certificate and ordering your transcripts by clicking here . ACE transcripts must be sent directly to admissions.records@spcollege.edu. Transcripts received from the student are considered unofficial and credit cannot be awarded.

Course Credit by Exam

Did you know you can earn up to 45 academic credits for your scores on certain standardized tests? SPC accepts and grants college course credit for these tests:

Find out here which course credits are available through each exam.

Please note that you cannot be awarded credit for a course you have already taken and passed.

Contact Admissions and Records for questions.

Testing at SPC

Whether you need a placement test, are interested in course credit by exam, or are an Online student, SPC’s Testing Department is here to help!

Proctored Testing for Online Students

Your course may require one or more of your assessments to be proctored. Proctoring will be conducted using a fully online service called Honorlock. This service is free to students and no scheduling is required. Check out Proctored Testing with Honorlock to learn more.

Testing for Non-SPC Students

SPC is currently not providing test proctoring services for students from other institutions.