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 services are available at other locations as well. One or more of the College’s centers are authorized testing sites for ACT, SAT, Lasergrade, VUE 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.
is a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit while 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 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.
(formerly known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination Program), is a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education. The assessments 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.
is 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. This computerized assessment is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.
is 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. 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 test, 17 or higher on the English test and 19 or higher on the mathematics test. The following SAT scores are accepted: 440 on the verbal or critical reading tests and 440 on the mathematics test.
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 will participate in a “Pre–Assessment Experience” through Artemis, the student portal. The “Pre–Assessment Experience” will assist you in determining the correct placement assessment based on your academic plans as well as provide tips on relaxation, test–taking strategies and test preparation opportunities. Upon completion of the “Pre–Assessment Experience,” you will schedule a placement assessment appointment at the assessment and certification center of your choice. 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 enrollment 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.
is a statewide assessment 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 for CLAST may be done through Artemis. Additional information on CLAST is available at any campus assessment and certification center.
The 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 retrieval system
- 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.
- The 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.
- Additional 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 documentation.
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 Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) required of all students entering workforce certificate programs of 450 hours and above.
Assessment and certification centers administer the state required TABE to those enrolled in workforce 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 enrolling in selected adult studies programs.
Workforce certificate program students may exempt the TABE through several methods:
- Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college, community college or university.
- Pass the CLAST examination.
- 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.
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 assessment is administered for a minimal fee and by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center.
Career assessments are 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 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
tests are administered annually for aerobics instructors, personal trainers and orthopedic technologists.
are administered to 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 standard of professional and academic excellence among investment practitioners and is administered annually.
is 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 modules:
- state and local rules and regulations which govern child care
- health, safety and nutrition
- child abuse and neglect — identifying and reporting
- 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.
is a vocational assessment administered monthly to commercial radio operators for licensing.
is 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 more information call 904.632.5020.
is administered by paper and pencil in a group setting four times a year at Downtown Campus. Computer–based FTCE assessments are made by appointment through catglobal.com. Application packets can be picked up at any campus assessment and certification center.
is provided at campus assessment and certification centers. Current offerings include, but are not limited to:
- American College
- Avaya, Inc.
- Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
- Cisco Systems
- Comp TIA (A+)
- Florida Department of Insurance
- Informix Software
- J.D. Edwards
- Linux Professional Institute
- Lucent Technologies
- MetaSolv Solutions, Inc.
- PeopleSoft Inc.
- Sair Linux
- Siebel Systems
skill assessments of speed and precision are administered on an ongoing basis.
are administered on a regular basis for enterostomal therapy nurses, wound care nurses, ostomy care nurses, continence care nurses and hospice nurses.
is administered by the assessment and certification center to students entering entry–level employment in the food service industry.