Student Services, Resources and Activities
Assessment and Certification Centers
Each campus has a comprehensive assessment
and certification center offering a full range of services during
the day and evening. Limited testing services are available at
other locations as well. The College’s centers are authorized
testing sites for ACT, SAT, VUE, Certiport and Prometric. For
complete and current assessment information visit the assessment
and certification Web page.
Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward
an associate’s 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), Excelsior and/or transfer
credit. Credit not counted within this 45-hour limit may be obtained
by participation in the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP).
For more information regarding the following tests, contact the
campus assessment and certification center.
a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit while
enrolled in high school. The test is administered through the
high schools and credit is granted by the college for scores
of three, four or five on approximately 30 approved tests. Score
reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment
and certification center.
The 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. Florida Community College may award up
to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit.
known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination
Program), is a nationally developed program approved by the American
Council on Education. The tests are administered locally by Sylvan/Prometric
testing centers and credit is granted for grades of “B” or “C” on
eight approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation
to any campus assessment and certification center.
a nationally developed program for credit-by-examination. Credit
is granted for scores equating to a “B” or “C” passing
level on approximately 25 tests approved by the State Board of
Education. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board.
This computerized test is administered by appointment at any
campus assessment and certification center. Score reports may
be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification
a program developed by the Department of Defense for awarding credit
by examination under the auspices of Defense Activity for Non-traditional
Educational Support (DANTES). Military personnel may obtain information,
applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy Campus
for Achievement (NCFA) offices on local Navy bases or education
offices in other branches of the military service. Fees are set
by DANTES. Non-military students may contact the campus assessment
and certification centers for information concerning registration,
tests and fees. Students may submit credit earned through DANTES
for Florida Community College credit evaluation through any campus
assessment and certification center. Credit is awarded for scores
equating to a “B” or “C” as
approved by the State Board of Education.
If you are entering Florida Community College for the first time as a college-credit degree seeking student, you will take the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT), unless you have taken the ACT or SAT in the last two years or have prior college coursework in reading, English and mathematics. The following ACT scores are accepted: 18 or higher on the reading, 17 or higher on the English and 19 or higher on the mathematics. The following SAT scores are accepted: 440 on the verbal or critical reading and 440 on the mathematics.
The CPT was developed by the College Board, with the help of committees of college professors, to provide information about college student’s level of skill accomplishment in reading, English, and mathematics that is required for success in college. By assessing ability levels in these areas, the CPT helps to determine the English, mathematics, and reading courses most appropriate for success in college.
There are three areas of the assessment: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Elementary Algebra. Each area is untimed, multiple choice and administered on computer; some individuals will take an additional timed reading assessment on paper and/or an untimed college level mathematics test on computer.
After completing a Florida Community College membership application for admission, you may take the CPT any time at the campus assessment and certification center nearest you. No appointment is necessary as long as you show up at least three hours before closing time. The CPT is administered in the assessment and certification center at Downtown Campus, Kent Campus, North Campus, South Campus, Deerwood Center, the military bases in Jacksonville, and Nassau Center. Individuals may sit for the CPT once without charge. After the first sitting, students may elect to retake the CPT one more time. The retake must be done prior to the first term of enrollmenet in general education courses. The second sitting fee for all students is $17.
In certain Florida Community College programs (allied health, law enforcement and corrections, for example), an academic skills test may be required. The Health Occupations Test (HOT), Nursing Aptitude Test (NAT) and Florida's Criminal Justice Basic Ability Test for Law Enforcement (CJBAT) are examples of such tests. The program advisor for each program has information on these test requirements.
a statewide test of college level communication and computation
skills developed by the state of Florida. The CLAST, a CLAST exemption or a CLAST waiver are required for graduation with an Associate in Arts degree. Refer to the “Associate in Arts Degree” section for
a more detailed description.
Registration and additional information on CLAST is available at
any campus assessment and certification center.
is designed to assess a set of abilities
requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed
and to have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively
use the needed information. The assessment is a graduation
requirement for those students who enter Florida Community
College under the 2004 Catalog or after, and are seeking an
A.A., A.S. and/or A.A.S. degree.
The Information Literacy Assessment
has six modules:
- Module 1: Identify the need for information
- Module 2: Select the most appropriate information
- Module 3: Acquire pertinent information
- Module 4: Evaluate the information obtained
- Module 5: Manipulate it in a usable form
- Module 6: Communicate the information
The following guidelines apply to those students
who are required to take the Information Literacy Assessment:
- Students must achieve satisfactory scores on all six modules
of the Information Literacy Assessment prior to the awarding
of an A.A., A.S. and/or A.A.S. degree.
- Students may retake the
examination until they have received a satisfactory score on
all six modules. Credit is given for receiving a satisfactory
score on any given module during any attempt; i.e., once a module has been passed
it will not have to be retaken.
- Several methods of test preparation are available. These include the availability of an online course in Information Literacy which may be taken for one credit or for non-credit, campus-based workshops, and printed materials.
In addition, Information Literacy concepts are included
in some Florida Community College college credit courses.
Information Literacy Assessment is available online at
each of the campus assessment and certification centers. It
is administered on a walk-in-basis or by appointment. Students
may contact any campus assessment center to register.
information on the Information Literacy Assessment is available
in each of the campus assessment and certification centers, including the
required passing score on each of the six modules. Students can register for
the Information Literacy Assessment any semester.
- Students with a disability may
request assistance to complete the Information Literacy Assessment.
Assistance is obtained through the disabled student specialist
on any campus. All requests must be accompanied with appropriate
Florida Community College’s assessment and certification
centers administer placement testing for those individuals entering
adult studies programs: Polytechnic Academy, Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Eqivalency, and Adult
High School (AHS). Campus assessment and certification centers
also administer the entry-level test of basic skills required of
all students entering postsecondary adult vocational programs of
180 hours and above.
Assessment and certification centers administer the state required
TABE to those enrolled in Workforce Credit Certificate programs
of 450 or more contact hours. Usually students take the test within the first six weeks of enrollment, however, some programs require TABE testing prior to program entry. The TABE is also a state requirement
for those entering selected adult studies programs.
The Florida High School Competency Test is required of high
school completion students. Refer to the high school completion
section of this catalog for further details.
The GED® Test is a
battery of five tests administered at each college campus on
a regularly scheduled basis to individuals who are at least
18 years of age, out of school, citizens of the United States
or resident aliens and Florida residents. The exam is administered
for a minimal fee and upon request at any campus assessment
and certification center.
Career testing is available at each campus. Aptitude, interest
and personality tests are available and can provide information
useful to career decision making. Contact the campus career
development counselor or assessment and certification center
for further details.
Testing is provided to those individuals and companies who
need secure testing conditions, such as testing for a correspondence
course. 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
are administered annually for aerobics instructors, personal
trainers and orthopedic technologists.
individuals seeking professional licensure. The tests are given
annually. For more information, contact Applied Measurement
Professionals, Inc. at 913.541.0400.
tests are administered twice annually to automotive
technicians meeting the requirements for certification or recertification.
is a professional stamp of approval for
individuals working in the food service industry. The test
is administered upon request of the culinary arts department.
a standard of professional and academic excellence among
investment practitioners administered annually.
an optional state-developed exemption test designed
for those employed in child care settings who are required
to complete the Florida Department of Children and Families
20-hour child care worker training course. The exemption
test can be taken only once and covers the following four
- state and local rules and regulations which govern child
- health, safety and nutrition
- child abuse and neglect — identifying
- child growth and development — birth
through 12 years old
Child care personnel can be exempt from any of the four training
modules by successfully completing the module pre-test with
an 80 percent or better score.
a vocational assessment administered monthly to commercial radio operators
administered by the assessment and certification centers to managers
in establishments serving the public so they may be certified
to help protect everyone’s health, safety, and welfare.
This exam requires a fee. For information call 813.974.1525.
administered four times a year. Application packets can be picked
up at any assessment and certification center.
provided at campus assessment and certification centers. Current
offerings include, but are not limited to:
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
Comp TIA (A+)
Florida Department of Insurance
Linux Professional Institute
MetaSolv Solutions, Inc.
of speed and precision are administered on an ongoing basis.
is given to individuals seeking state certification
in the nursing assistant profession. Registration for the test
is through Assessment Services Inc. (ASI). For information and
registration call 1.888.204.8250. There is both a written and
skills based assessment, which is administered on a regular basis
at North Campus.
administered on a regular basis for enterostomal therapy nurses,
wound care nurses, ostomy care nurses, continence care nurses
and hospice nurses.
administered by the assessment and certification center to students
entering entry-level employment in the food service industry.
is administered to emission inspectors requesting