Assessment Services provides information, registration and administration of a wide range of tests, as well as the Assessment of Prior Learning Experience (APLE) program. Please note that assessment may be required for first-semester students. Students can register for and take the following assessments at Daytona State College:
- Daytona State placement tests - P.E.R.T., ACCUPLACER (CPT), TABE, CASAS
- Daytona State entrance exams - CJBAT, TEAS
- APLE (Assessment of Prior Learning Experience) exams
- CLEP (College Level Exam Program) exams
- FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test)
- Certification Exams - IT-VUE, MSSC, FTCE, AHIMA
- GED (General Education Development) exam
All placement test score results, and test scores used for exemption to the placement test, are valid for 2 years. There is an exception for Adult Education placement testing.
New Student Assessment
Per Florida state rule 6A-10.0315, a degree seeking who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education. Students who entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to the 2003-2004 school year or did not attend a Florida public high school must take the Florida Post Secondary Education Test (P.E.R.T.) or submit SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, or FCAT scores that exempt them from the college preparatory program or they must submit college transcripts that show the completion of Freshman English I or Intermediate Algebra. An increase in placement score requirements for ACT Reading and all P.E.R.T. cut scores is effective October 22, 2013.
New students admitted to a degree or certificate program not eligible for the above rule may be required to take a placement test unless you meet one of the exemptions listed below. The results will help with your placement into appropriate courses to ensure your academic success. Placement instruments are not used for admission to the college; although, they may be used as a guide for admission to certain limited access programs.
There are two assessment instruments approved for general admission to the college. The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.), and the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Each measures reading, math and language skills. The placement test for degree programs (AA, AS and BAS) and business or computer related college credit certificates is the P.E.R.T.
The placement test for Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate programs and the EMT, Office Support and Paramedic certificate programs is the TABE. All placement tests and tests used for exemption to the placement tests are valid for two years.
Exemptions to the Placement Tests
Postsecondary Education Readiness (P.E.R.T.) - You are not required to take the related portions of the test if the following conditions are met:
- SAT scores of 440 or above on critical reading or 440 or above on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033), or 500 or above on math for placement into College Algebra (MAC 1105)
- ACT scores of 19 or above on the reading or 17 or above on English or 19 or above on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033), or 21 or above on math for placement into College Algebra (MAC 1105)
- Proof of successful completion of the equivalent of ENC 1101 (College Composition) or MAT 1033 (Intermediate Algebra) at another college
- Accuplacer (CPT) scores of 83 or above on both the reading and language or for math 85 or above on arithmetic and 72 or above on the elementary algebra.
- FCAT scores of 262 or above on Reading 2.0 or 375 or above on Math (Level 5).
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) - You are not required to take the related portions of the test if the following conditions are met:
- SAT scores of 440 or above on critical reading, or 440 or above on math
- ACT scores of 18 or above on the reading, or 17 or above on English or 19 or above on math
- PERT scores of 106 or above on the reading, or 103or above on the writing, or 114 or above on the math.
- Accuplacer (CPT) scores of 83 or above on the reading, or 83 or above on the sentence skills or 72 or above on the elementary algebra
- FCAT scores of 262 or above on Reading 2.0 or 375 or above on Math (Level 5)You already have an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher.
Students who score below the minimum scores on one or more sections of the placement test must complete college developmental requirements prior to enrolling in college-level courses. Students have the following options at Daytona State:
For AA, AS, BAS or college level certificate programs
- Complete Daytona State College developmental courses (ENC 0015/L, ENC 0025/L, REA 0007/L, REA 0017/L. MAT 0018/L, MAT 0028/L) as placed by the assessment instrument. Students who place into the College developmental program for mathematics must complete Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033) following successful completion of MAT0028. Students who place into either of the REA classes must complete Dynamics of Student Success (SLS1122).
- MAT 1033 and SLS 1122 are college credit courses; however, they can only be used as elective credit toward the AA degree. Upon the successful completion of the College developmental program, students may enroll in college level courses for which the co-requisites or pre-requisites are met.
- For Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate programs and the EMT, Office Support and Paramedic certificate programs—The School of Adult Education offers CTE preparatory instruction for the TABE exam for those students who have not met the basic exit level test requirements.
- Improve scores on the placement test by enrolling in courses offered by the Daytona State Adult Education Program. Students exercising this option must retake and pass the appropriate sections of the placement test prior to enrolling in college level courses.
Writing and Reading
- ENC0015: Writing I (4 credits): Students who score 0-89 or below in writing on the P.E.R.T.
- ENC0017: Writing II (4 credits): Students who score 90-102 in writing on the P.E.R.T.
- REA0007: Reading I (4 credits): Students who score 0-83 in reading on the P.E.R.T.
- REA0017: Reading II (4 credits): Students who score 84-105 in reading on the P.E.R.T.
Those who place in the lower levels need additional skill development and should build their schedules around their developmental work. Students are encouraged enroll in a A- Term sections that will allow them to complete both level in a single semester so that they can be caught up and prepared for college level work by their second semester at the college.
MAT 0018: Math I (Pre-Algebra) and Lab (4 credits): Students who score less than 96 on the math portion of the P.E.R.T.
MAT 0028: Math II (Elementary Algebra) and Lab) (4 credits): Students who score from 96-113 on the math portion of the P.E.R.T.
Students who place into the college developmental program and who elect to enroll in Daytona State College developmental courses will be provided a program of study by an advisor using the following guidelines:
- Reading, writing and math courses require weekly attendance at the Learning Center in addition to regular class sessions.
- Students must continue to enroll in the college developmental courses until they complete the program.