The Testing and Assessment Center administers a wide range
of campus, state, and national examinations used in student advising, course
placement, research, certification, licensing, and awarding of college credits.
The Testing and Assessment Center is located in the Student Services Building,
Building 6, on the Pensacola campus. Testing services are also available in the
Student Services offices on the Milton campus, Warrington campus, Century
Center, and South Santa Rosa Center.
For questions about testing services on various campuses, call:
Pensacola campus 850-484-1656
Milton campus 850-484-4410
Warrington campus 850-484-1076
South Santa Rosa Center 850-471-4630
Century Center 850-471-4622
ACT and SAT
Information about registration, test dates, fees, etc., may be obtained on the following websites:
Information may be obtained from the Testing and
Assessment Center, Building 6, Pensacola campus or from Student Services
offices on district campus sites or centers. A prospective student may obtain
application packets from area school guidance offices.
A prospective student is encouraged to take the ACT or SAT
examination and have the scores forwarded to Pensacola State College. ACT and
SAT scores, if appropriate, will be recognized for placement purposes.
Placement Testing and Developmental Education
Pensacola State College offers the Post-Secondary
Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) to determine placement into college-level
Exemption: Due to a legislative
change, a student may be exempt from the required placement testing and
developmental education. Per the rule, a Florida public high school student who
entered Grade 9 in the Florida public school system in the 2003-2004 academic
year (or later) and earned the Florida Standard High School Diploma, shall not
be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to
enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System
institution. Additionally, any active duty military service member shall not be
required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll
in developmental education. After the successful completion and submission of
the College’s admission application, a student or active duty service member is
encouraged to meet with an advisor to determine eligibility for testing
exemption and discuss the process for opting out of testing and developmental
A student who is not exempt from placement testing and
who wishes to enroll in college credit English or mathematics courses (Gateway
courses) must satisfy placement requirements through testing. The
following tests meet the State of Florida’s Placement requirements and any of
these scores (active scores less than 2 years old) are accepted for placement
at Pensacola State College: ACT, SAT, CPT, or Post-Secondary Education Readiness
Transfer students may satisfy placement
testing requirements through prior coursework and/or successful completion of
an acceptable placement exam (ACT, SAT, CPT, or P.E.R.T.).
Special Students and Non-Degree Seeking Students are
subject to placement testing requirements if enrolling in writing emphasis or
A student whose placement scores indicate a need for skill
review should enroll in developmental education courses in the first semester
of enrollment. A student with test results indicating the need for 2 or more
developmental education courses should also enroll in SLS 1101 (College Success)
even if this course does not satisfy a requirement for the intended degree. A
student who tests into developmental education courses is required to enroll in these
courses by the time they have attempted 12 credit hours. A student must
maintain continuous enrollment in at least one developmental course each
semester until the requirements are completed. A student may take other credit
courses along with the developmental education course as long as the
developmental education course is not a prerequisite for the credit course. For
additional information, please contact an advisor.
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Pensacola State College offers the Test of Adult Basic
Education (TABE) to determine skills assessment for participation in some
Vocational Certificate programs.
A recent legislative change (see Placement Testing and
Developmental Education) may apply to a student and his or her placement
requirements for a certificate program. After the successful completion and
submission of the College’s admission application, a student or active duty
service member is encouraged to meet with an advisor to determine eligibility
for testing exemption and discuss the process for opting out of testing and
A student who meets the Developmental Education Exemption
requirements (see Placement Testing and Developmental Education) is exempt from
TABE requirements for the certificate programs. Also, a student who has
earned an Associate Degree or higher is exempt from TABE requirements. In addition, a student who passes a state or national industry certification exam or licensure examination that is listed on "The Basic Skills Licensure Exemption List" is exempt from the TABE. Finally, a student who has 2014 GED passing scores less than 2 years old in Reasoning through Language Arts and Mathematical Reasoning is considered to have met the TABE requirement.
The TABE assessment is conducted before enrollment (or
within the first 6-weeks of enrollment) at district campus sites. A student
must meet the required skill levels in mathematics and communications before
completion of the vocational program in which he or she is enrolled. A
student should contact the program director or department head for additional
information about the requirements.
General Educational Development (GED) Test
The 2014 GED test is administered on computer throughout
the year at the Testing and Assessment Center on the Pensacola campus and the Century Center campus.
Information about registration, test dates, fees, etc., may be obtained on the
following website: GED: www.ged.com. Additional information may be obtained
from the Testing and Assessment Center, Building 6, on the Pensacola campus.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a
nationally developed program for credit-by-examination. Credit may be granted
for scores meeting the established criterion score on approved tests.
Examination fees are established by the College Board. CLEP application
information is available in the College Testing and Assessment Center on the
Pensacola campus. A student should consult with an advisor regarding his or her
education plan prior to taking a CLEP examination. Credit awarded for the CLEP
test is determined by the State Board of Education.
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is
being phased out and replaced with the state-mandated Florida Standards
Assessment (FSA). A high school student is expected to meet with a
Collegiate High School advisor to determine the appropriate assessment(s) for
his or her particular graduation requirements.
FSA/ELA is the new assessment required by the Florida
Department of Education. It replaces the
FCAT. A student is expected to meet with
a Collegiate High School advisor to determine which of these tests is/are
needed for graduation from the PSC Collegiate High School.
Industry Certification Testing
Some Pensacola State College programs recommend that a
student pursue industry certification testing. Information about available
tests for industry certification may be obtained at the Testing and Assessment
Center on the Pensacola campus, Building 6.
More detailed information about additional tests offered may be found on the Pensacola State College website at www.pensacolastate.edu.