College Placement Assessments

Senate Bill 1720 Information - Effective November 2013 under SB 1720, if you entered the ninth grade in a Florida public school in 2003 or after, graduated from a Florida public high school with 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 placement testing.

There are four college placement assessments: ACT, ACCUPLACER Next Generation, 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. Additional information can be found here. By assessing skill levels in these three areas, the placement assessments may be used to determine the beginning English, mathematics, and reading courses most likely to lead to success as you enter Florida State College at Jacksonville.

ALEKS PPL Math Placement Pilot

The ALEKS PPL Math Placement is a no-cost, state-approved alternate method for placement. This assessment is not open to students who are participating in Dual Enrollment and those who currently have valid placement scores. Following your initial attempt, you will be provided with an individualized remediation module that you will be able to access at any time and is designed to help improve your placement score.

You can retake the ALEKS PPL exam for free for a combined total of five attempts on the exam. You will be required to spend at least three hours on the remediation module and wait 24 hours between testing attempts. The ALEKS PPL remediation module software is free and can be accessed from any computer with a web browser, so you may study at your own pace and convenience.

By choosing to take the ALEKS PPL Math placement exam, you are included in the pilot. Your reading and writing placement will be administered in Accuplacer or PERT. Upon completing your assessment exams, all scores (reading, writing and math) will be uploaded to your myFSCJ account, removing the placement testing requirement from your to-do list. Students may, at any time, opt-out of the ALEKS PPL pilot; however, upon doing so, any subsequent retakes will be $32. You can retake the reading and writing portions of the Accuplacer Next Generation or PERT for free if you are currently engaged in the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam Pilot.

ACCUPLACER Next Generation

ACCUPLACER Next Generation supports students’ readiness to start earning credits toward their degree as well as those who need to develop their skills before taking college-level courses. ACCUPLACER scores let students know where they stand academically, which makes it easier for them to plan a successful path toward a college degree.

What are the test subjects?

The assessments are Reading, Writing, Quantitative Reasoning-Algebra and Statistics(QAS), and Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF).

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

The purpose of the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test is to assess students' skill levels in English, mathematics and reading for proper placement in these courses. The PERT is not a pass or fail test. Instead, the scores are used to determine the beginning English, mathematics and reading courses most likely to lead to success as a student enters Florida State College at Jacksonville. This test is administered to all incoming students who do not have valid or recent placement scores, SAT, ACT, FCAT scores, or college credit courses. Your application to the College covers the fee for the first sitting. Any attempt after the first sitting will cost $32 regardless of the number of subtests. The PERT contains three untimed sections: reading, writing and mathematics, each with 30 multiple-choice questions. If you score 135 or higher on the mathematics subtest and are placed in college algebra or college mathematics, you will have the choice to take the advanced mathematics subtest, which is used to determine placement in advanced mathematics courses such as trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and statistics.

For the most updated information on college ready placement test scores, please visit: College Placement Assessments page.

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