SPC administers a variety of standardized tests that students must pass to enroll in a program of study or to graduate from some of our programs. You can take other tests to earn credit toward certain academic requirements.
Our Test Centers provide reasonable testing accommodations for students with disabilities. If you need accommodations, contact Accessibility Services before taking the College Placement Test or other exams at an SPC testing center so arrangements can be made ahead of time.
College Placement Test
Taking a college placement test helps you decide which classes you should take at SPC. Test scores are not pass/fail and are used to help you succeed on your academic path.
Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam CGS 1070
Want to earn credit for the Basic Computer and Information Literacy course (CGS 1070) requirement through testing? Contact your advisor for a referral to take the Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam CGS 1070. The exam is offered for online students by designating a proctor and during walk-in hours at test centers on the following campuses:
- St. Petersburg/Gibbs
- Tarpon Springs
There is a $17 online exam fee and a $10 proctoring fee to take the test. You have up to two hours to complete the exam. If you earn a minimum passing score of 210, you will receive credit for the one-credit Basic Computer and Information Literacy course. You have two attempts to take the exam but must wait three days between attempts.
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
You may take the Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam if you have attempted CGS 1100 but the Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam cannot be used as a substitute for CGS 1100. The Basic Computer and Information Literacy Exam does not count as class credit. A "P" is posted for a passing score of 210 or better.
A computer course you completed at another institution may be considered as an equivalent to SPC's CGS 1070 or CGS 1100. SPC's College of Computer and Information Technology can evaluate prior computer course(s) with the course(s) description/syllabus from the catalog year in which a student took a course(s) for possible computer course credit. If you would like to see if a computer course you completed at another institution qualifies for equivalent credit toward SPC's CGS 1070 or CGS 1100, you can:
- Submit an Alternative Course Satisfaction Survey
- Contact Paula McLamb, or
- Call 727-791-5940. You should also contact Paula if you have already completed CGS 1100 and need to take CGS 1070 specifically for your degree.
Please contact Audra Liswith or call 727-341-3032 if you have any questions about the CGS 1070 opt-out exam.
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:
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) (You can earn a maximum of 35 credits.)
- Excelsior College Examinations (ECES)
- Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
Please note that you cannot be awarded credit for a course you have already taken.
Contact Audra Liswith at 341-3032 for questions.
Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP)
If your native language is not English and you score below college level on the reading portion of the College Placement Test (CPT), 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 take the LOEP and wish to become degree-seeking for financial aid purposes, you can also take the CPT in math. However, you may not enroll in math courses until you have 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.
- Your Accuplacer College Level Math subtest score determines your eligibility for initial math course placement.
- AAP 0036 Math Readiness Exit Exam allows you to take a proctored exam to advance in your math courses sequence at SPC.
Proctored Testing for Online Students
Learn more about Proctored Testing for online students.
Testing for Non-SPC students
SPC provides test proctoring services for students from other institutions. Find out more on the Florida Shines website.
Chemistry Placement Exam
SPC uses the American Chemical Society Toledo Test to determine placement for students into CHM1025 or CHM2045. This is a nationally normed test created by the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society. The test is administered by paper and pencil with a 55-minute time limit and is offered at the following locations: Clearwater, Seminole, St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs.
For full details, download the Chemistry Placement Test information.