The mission of the Assessment and Certification Centers at Florida State College at Jacksonville is to provide access to high quality services to our students, community, and faculty while ensuring examination integrity in a secure and test friendly environment. Our focus is to provide meaningful services to our customers while promoting the academic, career, and personal goals of the individuals we serve. We adhere to National College Testing Association (NCTA) standards.
Each campus has a comprehensive assessment and certification center offering a full range of services during the day and some evenings. Limited services are available at other locations as well. One or more of the College’s centers are authorized testing sites for ACT, SAT, PSI, Kryterion, Castle Worldwide, Prov, Comira, Certiport, and Pearson VUE. For complete and current assessment information visit the assessment and certification web page.
Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Students desiring testing accommodations should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
Earn College Credits by Examination
Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward an associate degree through credit-by-examination. This may be a combination of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES subject standardized tests (DSST), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs), College Course Challenge Exams (CCCE), and/or transfer credit. For more information regarding the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification center. AP, IB, CLEP and DSST official score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.
Advanced Placement Test (AP) is a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit most commonly used by students still enrolled in high school. The assessment is administered through the high schools and credit is granted by the college for scores of three, four or five on approved tests.
College Course Challenge Exams (CCCE) (formerly known as PEP exams or the Florida State College at Jacksonville Proficiency Exam Program) are part of a Florida State College at Jacksonville-developed assessment program for awarding credit for prior learning.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a Geneva-based program of study offered through high schools throughout the world. The program consists of a comprehensive system of courses and examinations that focus on the development of a high quality liberal arts education.
Excelsior College Examination (ECE) (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the ACT Proficiency Examination Program), are part of a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). The assessments are administered locally at approved Pearson VUE testing centers and credit is granted based on passing grade of “C” or above on approved tests.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally developed program for credit-by-examination. Credit is granted for a passing score of “50” on tests approved by the State Board of Education. This computerized assessment is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center.
The DSST program (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. Military personnel may obtain information, applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy College Office (NCO) offices on local Navy bases or education offices in other branches of the military service. Non-military students may contact the campus assessment and certification centers for information concerning registration, tests and fees. Credit is awarded on ACE recommended guidelines.
Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international, advanced secondary curriculum and assessment program that students participate in while still in high school. The assessment is administered through the high school and credit is granted by the college for passing scores for courses taken in the approved subject areas. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center. Official score reports can be obtained by contacting Kent Campus assessment and certification center.
College Credit Entry Placement Assessments
The State of Florida requires certain degree-seeking students to take a college placement assessment prior to their first term of enrollment and every two years thereafter (if necessary). There are five college placement assessments: FCAT, ACT, CPT, PERT and SAT. These assessments are developed by state and national testing agencies with the help of committees of college professors and are the only placement assessments approved for use by the State of Florida. The assessments provide information about current knowledge in reading, English, and mathematics. By assessing skill levels in these three areas, the placement assessments are used to determine the beginning English, mathematics, and reading courses most likely to lead to success as you enter Florida State College at Jacksonville. Additional information and resources are available on the College Placement Assessments web pages. Policies involving college placement assessments are set by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and are subject to change.
Exceptions to the Required Placement Assessments
Students having the following qualifications may not need to take the placement test or show scores.
- Associate or higher degree holders
Student must show proof of holding the degree.
- Transfer students with relevant coursework
Student may provide an unofficial transcript of prior coursework, otherwise, coursework must be evaluated and on file.
- Returning students with relevant coursework or scores from other institutions
Scores or coursework must be evaluated and on file.
- Non-degree seeking students
Students may not take English, reading, or mathematics courses or courses requiring English, reading, or mathematics until they have taken the placement test.
- Transient students
Students must be approved by their “home” college or university prior to requesting permission to take courses as a transient student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
- Senate Bill 1720
Effective November 2013, if you entered the ninth grade in a Florida public school in 2003 or after and earned a standard Florida high school diploma, or if you are a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services, you will not be required to take the placement test (P.E.R.T.) or enroll in developmental education at any Florida College System institution, including Florida State College at Jacksonville (per State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315).
Testing for Non-Credit Programs
Adult Education Programs
The College’s Assessment and Certification Centers administer placement testing for students entering the Adult Education programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School (AHS), Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE), and GED® Preparation: High School Equivalency programs. The results are used to determine the educational needs of the student and to place students into academic programs that closely match their current academic level.
Career and Technical Education Program
Assessment and Certification Centers administer the state-mandated TABE to those students enrolled in Career and Technical education programs of 450 or more contact hours. Usually students take the TABE within the first six weeks of enrollment; however some programs require TABE testing prior to program entry. Students must achieve the minimum level of basic skills required for their program by the Department of Education prior to earning a career certificate. Students who meet the following the following criteria are exempt from this rule:
- Hold an A.A.S. or higher degree from an accredited college, community college, or university.
- Score 440 or higher on the SAT verbal or critical reading test and 440 or higher on the mathematics test within the last two years.
- Within the last two years, meet the state-level requirements on the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) of 83 on the reading comprehension test, 83 on the sentence skills test, and 72 on the elementary algebra subtest.
- Score 17 or higher on the ACT English, 19 or higher on the ACT mathematics and 18 or higher on the ACT reading within the last two years.
- Earn a “C” or better onin English Composition, ENC1101, to be exempted from the reading and language tests and/or earn a grade of “C” or better in Intermediate Algebra, MAT1033, or a higher level mathematics course to be exempted from the mathematics test.
Exemptions from Placement Testing and Exit Examinations
Students who entered the ninth grade in a Florida public high school in the 2003-2004 school year or any year thereafter and earned a standard Florida high school diploma, or students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Services, will not be required to take a common placement test such as the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), and these students will not be required to enroll in Applied Academics for Adult Education (formerly Vocational Preparatory Instruction) (per Section 1008.30, Florida Statute, and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315). Please see a program manager or an advisor for additional information.
The 2014 GED® is a computer-based exam that is administered at Downtown, Kent, North, and South Campuses, and the Open Campus/Deerwood Center. The four subjects include Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. A passing score of 150 must be achieved on each subject in order to meet the GED® test credential. To register for the test, visit GED® Testing Service or call (877) 392-6433.
GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.
Career and Interest Assessments
Career and interest assessments are available at each campus and online. These assessments provide useful information related to career decision-making. Contact the campus student success center or Assessment and Certification Center for further details.
Proctored and Institutional Testing Services
Testing is provided to those individuals and companies who need secure testing conditions, such as testing for an online course from another institution. Arrangements for testing services and fees may be made through the assessment and certification centers in advance of the testing date.
Specialized Tests for Professional Licensures and Certifications
For a complete listing of licensures and certifications offered at Florida State College at Jacksonville, visit the Certifications and Licensures web page.