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Common Placement Test Basics


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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, including limited PERT testing, Mon. - Thurs. 9 AM - 1:45 PM. 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.

Students are required to present test scores from a common placement test prior to registering for classes, unless they meet exemption status. At Eastern Florida State College, the following tests are accepted:

  • Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Accuplacer Computerized Placement Test/FELPT (Florida Entry-Level Placement Test)

Scores must be current, which means the test was not taken more than two years prior to starting classes at EFSC.

At Eastern Florida, in accordance with state law related to Developmental Education Reform, students are either considered “exempt” from placement testing or they are considered “traditional placement” if they do not meet the state guidelines for exemption.

Traditional placement students without current test scores, or those scoring below the state-mandated college ready cutoff scores shown, will be tested for reading, writing and/or mathematics proficiency using the PERT. Check the current Cutoff Scores chart. Traditional placement students who test less than college ready must enroll in developmental education courses in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Exempt students may elect to test for academic competency and enroll in developmental education even though it is no longer required. It is in the student's best interest to enroll in developmental education coursework that is either elected or required as early as possible in the academic career.

Placement of transfer students will be based on the official evaluation of credit earned at previous colleges; testing may be required.

To satisfy placement testing requirements, you may do any one of the following:

  • Have your official SAT/ACT score reports that are less than 2 years old from your enrollment date sent to EFSC, or
  • Provide your official college transcript indicating completion of an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Sciences degree or higher, or completion of college level English or math with a “C” or better from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or
  • Take the Common Placement Test and/or other program required testing. At EFSC the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is EFSC's primary placement test, and ACCUPLACER NG is the secondary placement test. (View details about these tests and how to register)
  • Complete the EFSC Common Placement Testing & Developmental Education Student Waiver in accordance with F.S. 1008.30, if eligible. Visit an Advisor to complete this form.

Scores used for placement purposes for the first-time student may be from the same test, or placement may be determined by mixing subtests of different tests, providing all scores are within the two-year time limit. EFSC will use the scores that offer the best placement for the student.

Cut scores for placement into specific college credit classes are defined by SBE Rule 6A-10.0315. Beginning fall 2014, ENCV 0015 and MATV 0022 will no longer be offered. Students should see an advisor to determine exemption or placement recommendations.


Get Ready for Placement Testing


Preparation is key for test scores that reflect your skill levels.

Download a PERT Study Guide that includes practice test questions.

Access the ACCUPLACER Study App