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    Florida State College
  Feb 03, 2023
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Student Services, Resources and Activities

Academic and Career Planning 
Assessment and Certification

Library/Learning Commons 
Other Student Services 
Special Programs and Services 
University Transfer Information 
Graduation Information 
Student Development 

Assessment and Certification

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.

Earn College Credits by Examination

Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward an associate 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 College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE). For more information regarding the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification center.

Advanced Placement Test (AP) 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 International Baccalaureate (IB) 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 State College may award up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit.

Excelsior College Examination Program (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.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 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.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) 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 State 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.

College Credit Entry Placement Assessments

The State of Florida requires all degree-seeking students to take a college placement assessment prior to their first term of enrollment and every two years thereafter. There are five college placement assessments: FCAT, ACT, CPT, 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. By assessing skill levels in these three areas, the placement assessments are used to determine the beginning English, mathematics, and reading courses most likely to lead to success as you enter Florida State College. Additional information and resources are available on the College Placement Assessments Web pages.

College–Level Academic Skills (CLAS)

The state of Florida Legislature has repealed the examination to pass the “College level communication and mathematical skills examination” (CLAST) in order to be awarded an Associate in Arts degree. Students must fulfill the CLAS competency requirements in addition to other current requirements for the Associate in Arts degree. Any student who has taken a subtest of a CLAS alternative examination at least three (3) times and has not achieved a passing score, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver for that particular subtest.  A student must demonstrate remediation efforts and earned a 2.0 GPA in all college credit courses in that skill area to be considered for a waiver. Refer to the College Level Academic Skills section  for detailed information.

The Information Literacy Assessment (ILAS) is designed to assess the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze and use information. The assessment is a graduation requirement for students of Florida State College who are seeking an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree. Visit the ILAS Web page for additional information.

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: LIS 1000, an online course in Information Literacy which may be taken for one credit; a free, self-paced review in Blackboard (available in the “Community” tab); campus–based workshops; and printed materials. In addition, Information Literacy concepts are included in some Florida State 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.

Specialized Tests

Career Assessments

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.

Proctored and Institutional Testing Services

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

Accredited Record Technician (ART) and Medical Record Coding Specialist (CCS and CCS–P) Certifications are administered to individuals seeking professional licensure. The tests are given annually. For more information, contact Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. at (913) 541-0400.

Automotive Service of Excellence Certification (ASE) tests are administered twice annually to automotive technicians meeting the requirements for certification or recertification.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a standard of professional and academic excellence among investment practitioners and is administered annually.

The Optional Child Care Pre–test 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:

  1. state and local rules and regulations which govern child care
  2. health, safety and nutrition
  3. child abuse and neglect - identifying and reporting
  4. 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.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a vocational assessment administered monthly to commercial radio operators for licensing.

Florida Food Safety Manager Certification examination is administered by the Open Campus Assessment and Certification Center to persons desiring to become certified as a Florida Food Manager. For more information call (904) 632-5020.

Information Technology (IT) Testing is provided at campus assessment and certification centers. Current offerings include, but are not limited to:

  • American College
  • Avaya, Inc.
  • Brocade
  • Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
  • Cisco Systems
  • Comp TIA (A+)
  • Florida Department of Insurance
  • Ericsson
  • IBM/Lotus/Tivoli
  • Informix Software
  • J.D. Edwards
  • Linux Professional Institute
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Macromedia
  • MetaSolv Solutions, Inc.
  • Microsoft
  • Novell
  • PeopleSoft Inc.
  • Sair Linux
  • Siebel Systems

Keyboarding skill assessments of speed and precision are administered on an ongoing basis.

Nursing Certification Examinations are administered on a regular basis for enterostomal therapy nurses, wound care nurses, ostomy care nurses, continence care nurses and hospice nurses.

Sanitation and Safety Management Examination is administered by the assessment and certification center to students entering entry–level employment in the food service industry.