St. Petersburg College is an open access institution; test scores are not required for admission. However, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores to determine your placement in college courses. If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, the College Placement Test (CPT) helps determine what reading, English and math courses you're ready for at SPC. These are not pass/fail tests. Test scores are used to help you decide what classes you should start with to help you be more successful.

Placement tests include the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Accuplacer, ACT and SAT. Scores used for college placement must be less than two years old. SPC uses the highest scores from these tests to determine your placement in college courses.

Find out what your scores mean.

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:

  • Scores on your ACT or SAT
  • Scores on your College Placement Test
  • Transcripts with college-level classes from another institution

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 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.

Taking the Placement Test

You should take the Placement Test (PERT) if you don’t have recent (within two years) passing ACT or SAT scores, and you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You graduated from a private high school
  • You received a high-school diploma as a home-schooled student
  • You graduated from a Florida public high school in 2007 or earlier or started 9th grade before the 2003-04 school year
  • You completed a GED
  • You graduated from an out-of-state high school

Note: If you meet one of the requirements above and do not have recent passing ACT or SAT scores please see further instructions. If you are transferring classes from another institution, please speak with your career and academic advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

How does SPC help me?

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 flexible courses and tools to prepare you. These will save you time, money and effort.

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.)

PLACEMENT TESTING

Please contact your academic advisor to make arrangements to take the PERT.

If you are a current high school student and need to take the PERT to qualify for Dual Enrollment courses, please do the following:

  • Home Education Students: Contact your Dual Enrollment office for approval.
  • Public and Private School Students: Contact your High School Guidance Counselor for approval.

*Approval from these offices will be sent to the SPC Testing Staff who will then reach out to you to schedule your test.

Remote PERT testing is proctored by Honorlock and requires testers to use the Chrome browser, have a photo ID, and a web camera.

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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.

How do I prepare for my placement test?

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

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.