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The testing criteria and guidelines for students seeking Degree Programs are as follows:

The State Board of Education (SBOE) requires each public state college to use the common placement test, or other test prior to the completion of initial registration, except for EAP students. Test scores on any combination of the following test batteries may be used for degree-seeking students prior to registration: Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT), Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Classic ACCUPLACER/Computerized Placement Test(CPT) test dates through January 27, 2019, or the FCAT 2.0 (Grade 10) Reading test dates through March 2017.

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) information is forthcoming. 

The SBOE sets minimum scores below which developmental education work is required in reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement scores, including FCAT 2.0 (Grade 10) Reading test dates through March 2017 are valid for two years. A registration hold is in place to prevent student registration until scores are are in the College's student record keeping system . 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 and middle 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 and test at MDC on or after the first Monday in January are allowed to take a maximum of two placement attempts regardless of any previous 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 placement scores at the college ready level are used for placement purposes at Miami Dade College. Retesting in the appropriate subtest area will be required for graduating high school students who were administered a placement test prior to the first Monday in January and did not achieve the college ready level.

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

Exempted from testing for degree programs and college credit certificate programs:

1.

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. Refer to Appendix B (PDF)
Note: Home education students are not exempted from common placement testing and developmental education.

2.

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 scores from MDC approved English proficiency examinations.  Refer to Section II for examinations and passing socres.

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*, REA0056*, or ENC0027, or (TNFR9917)+ A, B, C, S
Any REA1000 level or higher A, B, C, S
ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC2300, or ENC2301 A, B, C, S
(TNFR 9901)+ A, B, C, S
EAP 1620 or EAP 1686 A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1683 and EAP1689  A, B, C, S
Writing ENC0025*, ENC0027*, ENC0055*, or ENC0056*, or (TNFR9918)+ A, B, C, S
(TNFR 9901)+ A, B, C, S
Any ENC1000 or 2000 Level A, B, C, S
Any LIT2000l Level A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1640 and EAP1660, or EAP1685 A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1683 and EAP1689 A, B, C, S
Math MAT0022C*, MAT0028*, MAT0029*, MAT0055*, MAT0056*, or MAT0057* (3.0 credit module), (TNFR9906)+ A, B, C, S
MAT1033**MGF 1107 A, B, C, S
QMB2100 A, B, C, S
(TNFR 9905)+ 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. A grade of A,B,C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106. MGF 1107 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1107 or MAT1033 in order to register in MGF 1106. MGF 1106 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1106 or MAT 1033 in order to register in STA 2023.

MAC 1105 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC 1147.

+ Generic equivalent communications courses (TNFR is for MDConnect).
# Generic equivalent mathematics courses (TNFR is for MDConnect).
Notes:
1. MAT 0029 is used for the Mathematics to Statistics Pathway. Refer to Appendix C (PDF)
2. REA 0019 (combined upper and lower level reading), REA 0055 (1.0 credit module), 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.
3. ENC 0027 is a combined upper level reading and writing course that satisfies the DevEd requirement for both areas.
4. MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.
5. Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refere to Appendix D (PDF)

 

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 test dates through March 2017, SAT, ACT, or CPT/PERT scores meeting State requirements in MDC's Course Placement Guides (FCAT test dates through March 2017, ACT, and SAT – CPT and PERT. 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 = 24-26), the CPT college-level mathematics subtest and the PERT mathematics subtest may be used to determine placement into advanced mathematics courses (e.g., MAC1105, MAC1106, MGF1106, STA2023, 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)
Test dates through March 2017
ACT SAT Course Placement
Reading Reading ≥262 Reading ≥19 ≥24 ENC1101(3)
Writing(1)  Reading ≥262 English ≥17 Writing and Language ≥25 ENC1101(3)
Math(2) N/A  19-20 24-26

MAT1033
MGF 1107

 N/A ≥21 ≥26.5 MAC1105, MAC1106(3), MGF1106,  
or STA2023
 N/A ≥27 ≥31 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. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, MGF 1107, and STA 2023. 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.
4 MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.
5 Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D (PDF).

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 Redesigned SAT score is 1260 or more, 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.

 

ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)
Subtest Score
(Test dates through January 27, 2019)
ACCUPLACER
Next Generation (NG)
Subtest Score
(Test dates on or after TBD)
PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended
DevEd Course Placement
Course Placement Guide - Reading: ACCUPLACER and PERT
20 - 70   50 - 83 REA 0007(2)
71 - 82   50 -105 or 84 - 105 ENC 0027▲(4), REA 0017
    104 -105 REA 0056(3)
      College Ready Course Placement
83 - 120   106 -150 ENC 1101(1)▲

Legend:
1 - Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is ENC 1101 placement on the CPT or PERT. 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 developmental education courses.
2 - Students scoring at this level must see an advisor prior to registering.
Required reading and/or writing test prep boot camp (Shark Academy) course(s) for FTIC direct entry students who place in REA 0007 and/or ENC 0015.
3 - REA 0056 and ENC 0056 are modular courses.
4 - Students must place into REA 0017 AND ENC 0025 to take ENC 0027.
▲ - 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.

ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)
Subtest Score
(Test dates through January 27, 2019)
ACCUPLACER
Next Generation (NG)
Subtest Score
(Test dates on or after TBD)
PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended
DevEd Course Placement
Course Placement Guide - Writing: ACCUPLACER and PERT
20 - 70   50 - 89 ENC 0015▲(2)
71 - 82     50 -102 or 90 - 102 ENC 0025▲ ENC 0027▲(4)
    101 - 102 ENC 0056(3)
      College Ready Course Placement
83 - 120   103 -150 ENC 1101(1)▲

Legend:
1 - Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is ENC 1101 placement on the CPT or PERT. 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 developmental education courses.
2 - Students scoring at this level must see an advisor prior to registering.
Required reading and/or writing test prep boot camp (Shark Academy) course(s) for FTIC direct entry students who place in REA 0007 and/or ENC 0015.
3 - REA 0056 and ENC 0056 are modular courses.
4 - Students must place into REA 0017 AND ENC 0025 to take ENC 0027.
▲ - 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.

Course Placement Guide (Mathematics) Part I– ACCUPLACER and PERT
ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT) Math
Subtest Score
(Test dates through January 27, 2019)
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) Math
Subtest Score
(Test dates on or after TBD)
Elementary Algebra Arithmetic College-Level Math Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Arithmetic Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
20 - 71 20 - 29 Subtest Not Required      
20 - 71 30 - 64 Subtest Not Required      
20 - 71 65 - 120 Subtest Not Required      
           
72 - 120(1) Subtest Not Required Subtest Not Required(2)      
  Subtest Not Required 20 - 39      
  Subtest Not Required 40 - 62      
  Subtest Not Required 63 - 120      

Course Placement Guide (Mathematics) Part II – ACCUPLACER and PERT
PERT Math
Subtest Score
Recommended DevEd Course Placement
   
50 - 74 MAT 0018
75 - 95 MAT 0022C
50 - 113 or     96 - 113 MAT 0028,
MAT 0029(3), or
MAT 0057(7)
  College Ready - Course Placement
114 - 122 MAT 1033(4)
MGF 1107
  Not Used
123 - 150
(135 -150  refer to  CPT-CLM)(6)
MAC 1105,             MAC 1106(8),          MGF 1106, or STA 2023
  Refer to Mathematics 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 MAT 1033 or MGF 1107.
  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. MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC.   A grade of A,B,C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105.  A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106. MGF 1107 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1107 or MAT1033 in order to register in MGF 1106.  MGF 1106 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1106 or MAT 1033 in order to register in STA 2023.  MAC 1105 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC 1147.
  4. Students with a CPT college-level mathematics subtest score of 63 or higher are referred to the Mathematics Department.
  5. MAT 0057 is a modular course.
  6. MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core
    requirements. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106.
  7. MAC 1147 is intended for students preparing for preparing for STEM careers.  This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.  A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC1147.
  8. Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D

 

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.

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), 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. Refer to Appendix C.

General Placement Recommendations for Advisement. Refer to Appendix D.

Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D (PDF).

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

Recommended to test for Degree Programs:

  1. 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. Refer to Appendix B.
  2. 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 Degree Programs:

1.

Degree-seeking first-time-in-college students. 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.

Students, except college credit certificate-seeking, who register for any college credit course.
Note: A College Credit Certificate student who changes status to degree-seeking cannot claim placement exception as a first-time-in-college student for Gordon Rule or other purposes.

3.

Students in grades 6 through 12 seeking dual enrollment.
Note: Refer to dual enrollment for placement guidelines.

4. 

Students, except college credit certificate-seeking, who took a placement examination more than two years ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.




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