Developmental education is designed to prepare students for college-level course work through instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and student success strategies. By taking developmental education courses, students have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required for success in college courses.
Because of a bill passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature, Florida public high school graduates and active duty military may get to decide prior to registration whether or not to take a college placement test like the ACCUPLACER Next Generation or the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.).
Effective spring 2014, 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 a college placement test 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).
If you are exempt from placement testing and developmental education, you may still opt to be assessed or may enroll in developmental education, and the College will provide assessment and instruction upon your request.
Who Is Exempt (Can Skip) from Common Placement Testing and Developmental Education Instruction?
Who is Non-exempt (Cannot Skip) from Common Placement Testing and Developmental Education Instruction?
Even if you don’t qualify for exemption from placement testing, you still have options that include a variety of developmental course delivery models. Additionally, if you score in the upper ranges of the reading, writing, and math placement assessment, you may be eligible for direct entry into gateway (college-credit) courses that fulfill some requirements of your program of study. Your advisor can provide you with additional information.
For additional information about developmental education, please visit the College Catalog.
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