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College Placement

  • Are you ready for college-level courses?

    How do you know if you're at college level in reading, English and math? By looking at:

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

    The College Placement Test helps you figure out which classes you should take and pinpoints areas where you may need help with your skills.

    If you need help, we've got you covered. We have new, more flexible courses and tools to prepare you. These will save you time, money and effort.

    How does SPC help me?

    We want you to succeed. And being prepared is the best way to do that. We offer these options to get you ready for college-level work:

    • Short 1- to 2-credit courses that quickly help you in specific areas
    • Free online, work-at-your-own-pace classes to get you ready for college-level math, reading and writing. You can also take these to prepare for the placement test.
    • Courses you take alongside your regular college-level class like a writing improvement class taught by your Composition I teacher.
    • Free tutoring on nearly every campus in our Learning Support Centers (This can also prepare you for the placement test.)
  • How do I prepare for my placement test?

    You can use the following guides to help prepare for you a placement test.

    Study guides containing more in-depth review materials to prepare for either college placement test are available for:

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

  • How do I take the test?

    You can take the placement test at one of our Test Centers during specific hours. You take the test online and it is not timed. We recommend you allow 2 to 3 hours to complete it.

    NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

    When you come to take the test, you will need:

    • Valid, photo ID
    • SPC student ID number

    You cannot bring food, drink, electronic devices or any other materials into the test room.

    Off-Campus Placement Testing for Distance Students

    Accommodations

    If you have a disability and require testing accommodations beyond extended time (test is not timed), contact Disability Resources to make arrangements for accommodations.

    Test retake fees

    The test is free the first time you take it. You will be charged a $15 fee for retakes. Test scores expire for placement purposes after two years.

  • Testing Locations and Hours

  • Testing is available at the main testing centers (Clearwater, Seminole, St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs campuses) on:

    Mondays - Thursdays
    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    4:30pm is the latest start time for all tests offered and test must be completed by 6:45 p.m.

    Fridays
    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Last test starts at 10 a.m. and must be completed by 11:45 a.m. 

    CLEP's are offered at the Clearwater, Gibbs and Seminole campuses by appointment only.

  • How do I know if I need to take a placement test?

    At SPC, we encourage all incoming students to take a placement test. That's one of the best ways to predict your readiness for college work. And it's free.

    Testing required

    The test is required for new students who:

    • Graduated from a private high school
    • Received a high school diploma as a home-schooled student
    • Graduated from a Florida public high school on or before 2007 or started 9th grade before the 2003-04 school year
    • Completed a GED
    • Graduated from an out-of-state high school
    • Test scores expire for placement purposes after two years.

    If you are required to take a placement test, your scores will be used to determine which courses to take. Find out what these scores mean.  

    Testing optional

     Because of changes in state rules, some incoming students no longer have to take a placement test or enroll in readiness courses to prepare them for college-level work. The placement test is optional if you:

    • Entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma

    • OR
       
    • Serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services

    If you decide not to take a placement test, meet with an advisor to review your academic history and find out what courses are right for you.

  • Scores used for placement must be less than two years old. SPC uses the highest scores from the PERT, Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT administered within the last two years.

    Download the chart of test scores for placement.