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    Florida State College
  Jan 23, 2022
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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, Pearson 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), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) 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 38 approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.

College Course Challenge Exams (CCCE) (formerly known as PEP exams or the Florida State College Proficiency Exam Program) are part of a Florida State College-developed assessment program for awarding credit for prior learning and experience.

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 (ECE) (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the ACT Proficiency Examination Program), are part of 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 37 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.

Specialized Tests

Career Assessments

Career and interest assessments are available at each campus and online. These assessments provide useful information 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 an online course from another institution. 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.

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.

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.