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New Placement Scores!

Effective October 22, 2013 there are new placement test scores for ACT (reading) and PERT (reading, writing and math). For more information please click here.

College Credit Certificate Programs

The testing criteria and guidelines for students seeking College Credit Certificate Programs are as follows:

The State of Florida requires each public state college to use the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) prior to the completion of initial registration, except for EAP students. Test scores on any combination of the following test batteries may also be used for degree-seeking students prior to registration: Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT)ACCUPLACER (CPT), or the FCAT 2.0 (Grade 10) Reading.

Students whose native language is not English may be required to take another test to measure their English proficiency before entry-level testing is permitted.

The State sets minimum scores below which developmental education work is required in reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement scores, including FCAT 2.0 (Grade 10) Reading are valid for two years. A registration hold is in place to prevent student registration until scores are presented. Further assessment may be conducted in courses. MDC students have a total of two placement test attempts (one initial attempt and one retest) on each subtest of the placement test for initial placement prior to enrollment in any course within that subject area. Prior to administering a retest on the MDC Placement Test, the test administrator must require documentation from the student that verifies alternative remediation has occurred since the prior attempt. After the 2nd attempt students must complete a prescribed remediation option and receive permission to retest from the appropriate chairperson. High school testing is exempted from the total number of attempts after the student graduated from high school. However, twelfth (12th) grade students admitted to MDC for the Summer or Fall Terms may begin placement testing at MDC on the 1st day of the Summer Term registration period. These attempts count towards MDC’s placement attempts. Retesting in any subtest area must occur prior to enrollment in that area or by the 100% refund date each semester. High school administered PERT scores at the college ready level are used for placement purposes at Miami Dade College. Retsting in the appropriate subtest area will be required for graduating high school students who were administered the PERT prior to the 1st day of the Summer Term registration period, and did not achieve the college ready level.

Request for placement testing at other institutions must have prior approval by the Institutional Test Administrator or designee.

Exempted from testing:

1.

All students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school.

2.

All students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

3.

Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an institution recognized by MDC. Official documentation is required. Students with foreign degrees from non-English speaking countries must present passing International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores. Refer to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for passing scores.

4.  

Students who have earned the required course grade listed in the Exemption Course Grade chart. 
Notes:
- Exemption for courses not on the chart must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson. Official documentation is required.
- Students who have a letter grade (including D, F, W, U and P) associated with a placement area are not required to be retested; they will be re-placed in the English, Reading or Math course in which they earned that grade.

Exemption Using Course Grade
Skill Area Course Grade 
Reading REA0017*, REA0019*, REA0055*, or REA0056* A, B, C, S
Any REA1000 level or higher A, B, C, S
ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC2300, or ENC2301 A, B, C, S
Writing ENC0025*, ENC0027*, ENC0055*, or ENC0056* A, B, C, S
Any ENC1000 or 2000 Level A, B, C, S
Any LIT2000l Level A, B, C, S
Math MAT0022C*, MAT0028*, MAT0029*, MAT0055*, or MAT0056*, MAT0057*, (3.0 credit module) A, B, C, S
MAT1033** A, B, C, S
QMB2100 A, B, C, S
Any (MAC, MAD, MAP, MAS, MGF, or STA) A, B, C, S
* Letter grades 'A', 'B', and 'C' in developmental education courses are used for transferred in and equivalent courses only.
** MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC for students taking this course as of Summer Term 2010-3. A grade of A,B,C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105, MGF 1106, MGF 1107, and STA 2023.
Notes:
1. Effective with 2013-1 Fall Term registration, MAT 0029 is used for the Mathematics to Statistics Pathway.
2. REA 0019 (combined upper and lower level reading), REA 0055 (1.0 credit module), ENC 0027 (combined upper level reading and writing), ENC 0055 (1.0 credit module), MAT 0055 (1.0 credit module), and MAT 0056 (2.0 credit module) are courses in the state-wide numbering system which are not offered at MDC.

 

5.

Transient students (those who attend another college or university) who provide appropriate documentation, and are enrolling for courses to transfer to their primary institution (and who are not seeking a degree at MDC).

6.

Students who present FCAT, SAT, ACT, or CPT/PERT scores meeting State requirements in MDC's Course Placement Guides. If multiple test results are on record, the highest subtest scores are used. Any score presented which is lower than the score needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate MDC Placement Test subtest(s). For students presenting passing mathematics scores in specific score ranges* (ACT Mathematics = 19-20 and SAT Mathematics = 440-490), the CPT college-level mathematics subtest and the PERT mathematics subtest may be used to determine placement into advanced mathematics courses (e.g., MAC 1105, MGF 1106, MGF 1107, STA 2023, etc.).

Course placement may be based on a combination of test results.

Course Placement Guide - FCAT, ACT, and SAT
Skill Area FCAT 2.0
(Grade 10)
(on or after April, 2012)
ACT SAT Course Placement
Test dates prior to 10/22/2013 Test dates on or after 10/22/2013
Reading Reading ≥262 Reading ≥18 Reading ≥19 Critical Reading ≥440 ENC1101(3)
Writing(1)  Reading ≥262 English ≥17 English ≥17 Critical Reading ≥440 ENC1101(3)
Math(2) N/A  19-20 19-20 440-490 MAT1033
 N/A ≥21 ≥21 ≥500 MAC1105, MGF1106, MGF1107, or STA2023
 N/A ≥27 ≥27 ≥600 Refer to Math Department
1 Faculty may recommend supplemental services based on a required writing sample.
2 If recommended placement is MAT 1033, refer to CPT college-level mathematics subtest or PERT mathematics subtest. MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC for students taking this course as of Summer Term 2010-3. If recommended placement is MAC 1105, MGF 1106, MGF1107, or STA 2023 refer to Mathematics Department advisor for placement into other advanced mathematics courses.
3 Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is at college level. Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading and writing requirements may not enroll in any Gordon Rule course except mathematics. Students may select from a list of courses maintained by the Academic Advisement office and approved by the pertinent academic department, for co-enrollment with college prep courses.
Notes:
  Students who have already registered in a mathematics course (and are past the 100% refund deadline) are not eligible to take the College-Level Mathematics subtest without permission from the chairperson of the Mathematics Department.

If combined SAT score is 1200 or more in Critical Reading and Mathematics, or composite ACT score is 26 or more, the student may be eligible for The Honors College and should check additional eligibility requirements at www.mdc.edu/honorscollege.

Institutional ACT (Residual) and SAT scores from other institutions are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.

 

Course Placement Guide - FCELPT (English)
Skill Area ACCUPLACER (CPT) Score PERT Score Course Placement
Test dates prior to 10/22/2013 Test dates on or after 10/22/2013
Reading* 20-70 50-83 50-83 REA0007(2)
71-82 84-103 84-105 REA0017
  102-103 104-105 REA0056(3)
83-20 104-150 106-150 Exempt / ENC1101(1)
Writing* 20-70 50-89 50-89 ENC0015▀(2)
71-82 90-98 90-102 ENC0025▀
  97-98 101-102 ENC0056(3)
83-120 99-150 103-150 ENC1101(1)
1 Students who have not satisfied college preparatory reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is ENC1101 placement on the CPT or PERT. Students who have not satisfied college preparatory reading and writing requirements may not enroll in any Gordon Rule course except mathematics. Students may select from a list of courses maintained by the Academic Advisement office and approved by the pertinent academic department, for co-enrollment with college prep courses.
2 Students scoring at this level must see an advisor prior to registering.
3 REA 0056 and ENC 0056 are modular courses.
Faculty may recommend supplemental services based on a required writing sample.
Developmental education/EAP faculty will provide a diagnostic at the beginning of the course to confirm course placement.

Alternate instruction may be provided to those students who score between 20-50 on the CPT or 50-61 on the PERT.


Placement may be based on a combination of tests.

Course Placement Guide - FCELPT (Mathematics)
Skill Area ACCUPLACER (CPT) Score PERT Score Course Placement
Algebra  Arithmetic College-Level Math  Math
Test dates prior to 10/22/2013 Test dates on or after 10/22/2013
Math 20-71 20-29  Subtest Not Required  50-74 50-74 MAT0018(5)
20-71 30-64 Subtest Not Required 75-95 75-95 MAT0022C(5)
20-71 65-120 Subtest Not Required 96-112 96 - 113 MAT0028, MAT0029(3), or MAT0057(6)
72-120(1) Subtest Not Required Subtest Not Required(2) 113-122 114 - 122 MAT1033(4)
  Subtest Not Required  20-39       Not Used
  Subtest Not Required 40-62 123-150
(135-150 refer to CPT-CLM)(6)
123-150 
(135-150 refer to CPT-CLM)(6)
MAC1105, MGF1106, MGF1107, or STA2023
  Subtest Not Required  63-120     Refer to Math Department
Placement (at the department level only):
(63 – 85): MAC1114, MAC1140
(86 – 102): MAC1147, MAC2233
(103 – 120): MAC2311
1 An algebra score in the range of 72-120 without a CPT college-level mathematics subtest score of 40 or higher places a student in MAT1033.
2 College-Level Mathematics subtest is available upon request if CPT algebra score is 72-86. Students who have already registered in a mathematics course (and are past the 100% refund deadline) are not eligible to take the CPT College-Level Mathematics subtest without permission from the chairperson of the Mathematics Department.
3 Effective with 2013-1 Fall Term registration, MAT0029 is used for the Mathematics to Statistics Pathway.
4 MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC for students taking this course as of Summer Term 2010-3. A grade of A,B,C, or S must be earned in MAT1033 in order to register in MAC1105, MGF1106, MGF1107, and STA2023.
5 Course placement changes for MAT0018 and MAT0022C effective for test dates on or after June 19, 2013. Required mathematics test prep boot camp course for FTIC students who place in MAT0018. MAT0022C is offered in a modular and compressed course structure.
6 Students with a CPT college-level mathematics subtest score of 63 or higher are referred to the Mathematics Department. MAT 0057 is a modular course.

 

Course placement guide notes:

Further assessment may be conducted in courses.

Developmental Education Strategies: A student whose score on the placement test indicates a need for developmental education must be advised of all the developmental education options offered at the institution and, after advisement, shall be allowed to enroll in the developmental education option of his or her choice. The following options are available at MDC: Modularized instruction, Compressed (or accelerated) course structures, Contextualized developmental instruction, and Co-requisite developmental instruction.

If scores on one or more of the subtests require developmental education placement, students must enroll in at least one developmental education course during their first term. Students who test into developmental education instruction and subsequently enroll in developmental education instruction must successfully complete the required developmental education studies by the time they have accumulated twelve (12) credits of college credit coursework or they must maintain continuous enrollment in developmental education coursework each semester until the requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in the degree.

Students placing into developmental education course work in one skill area are required to enroll concurrently in SLS 1505; students placing in two or more skill areas are required to enroll concurrently in SLS 1510 (formerly SLS 1535). Students enrolled in a developmental education course may concurrently enroll only in college credit courses that do not require the skills addressed in the developmental education course.

Effective with the 2014-1 Fall Term registration period, all First Time in College (FTIC) Associate in Arts (AA) degree-seeking students who are college-ready in the reading, writing, and mathematics skill area are required to have registered by their 16th earned credit and completed SLS 1106, or its equivalent (SLS 1125, SLS 1502, SLS 1505, SLS 1510, or IDS 1044) by their 30th earned college credit.

Exception note: The following students are not required to complete SLS 1106:

  • Honors College, School for Advanced Studies (SAS), and New World School of the Arts (NWSA).
  • Students who are transferring in more than 12 earned college credits.
  • Students who successfully completed SLS 1125, SLS 1502, SLS 1505, SLS 1510, or IDS 1044.
  • Students in a program code other than AA degree seeking (i.e. Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), College Credit Certificate (CCC), etc.).
  • Students in an AA degree-seeking program which is not designated as the student’s primary program objective.

If placement scores are college-level in all skill areas, students may be eligible for The Honors College and should check additional eligibility requirements at www.mdc.edu/honorscollege.

Alternative Placement Criteria for College-Level Placement for Non-Exempt, Recent *High School Graduates, Alternative Placement Options for Students with Military Experience and Alternative Placement Options for Students with Significant Work History. General Placement Recommendations for Advisement. 

Meta-Major Academic Pathways and gateway courses that are aligned with the intended academic and career goals of degree seeking students.

Recommended to test for College Credit Certificates:

  1. All students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school, and do not have placement scores for ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033 or higher.
  2. All students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, and do not have placement scores for ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033 or higher. 

Students who are recommended to test are not required to enroll in developmental education but may opt to do so. MDC provides assessment and instruction upon the student’s request.

Required to test for College Credit Certificate Programs:

1.

All students seeking college credit certificates in Health Sciences programs. Such students may not register for any credit course at MDC until they have a set of complete scores on file. This includes students who hold a career certificate.

2.

All college credit certificate-seeking students taking any course outside of their program.

3.

All college credit certificate-seeking students who register for any English, or mathematics course (excluding MTB 1103), or any course that requires college-level Reading and/or Writing placement.

4.

All students seeking early college (dual) enrollment.
Note: Refer to early college (dual) enrollment for placement guidelines.

5.

All college credit certificate-seeking students in Health Sciences programs, who took a placement examination more than two years ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.




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