The College Placement Test (CPT) helps determine what reading, English and math courses you're ready for at SPC. These are not pass/fail tests. Test scores are used to help you decide what classes you should start with to help you be more successful.

Placement tests include the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Accuplacer, ACT and SAT. Scores used for college placement must be less than two years old. SPC uses the highest scores from these tests to determine your placement in college courses.

Find out what your scores mean.

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:

  • Transcripts with college-level classes from another institution
  • Scores on your ACT or SAT 
  • Scores on your College Placement Test 

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 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 on 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.

How does SPC help me?

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 flexible courses and tools to prepare you. These will save you time, money and effort.

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 like 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 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 3 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 Accessibility Services 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.

How do I prepare for my placement test?

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

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.