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Alternative Placement Criteria for Exempt and Non-Exempt Students

Miami Dade College offers alternative measures for placement in ENC1101, MAT 1033, higher level mathematics courses and other college credit courses. Non-exempt students must have valid placement test scores and a high school transcript documenting a grade of B or better in the courses listed in the table below to utilize alternative placement criteria. Note: ACT/SAT below college-ready scores are not valid placement test scores. Advisement from the math department is required for students seeking to enroll in MAC1140 or equivalent/higher with an alternative method.

Course Alternative Method for Exempt and Non-Exempt Students
ENC1101 and other college credit courses
  • An ERW score ≥ 430 on the PSAT/NMSQT, or
  • 2019 Secondary English Language Arts Reading FSA Level ≥ 4, or
  • 'B' or better grade in the following High School courses: English 4, English 4 Honors, or any English courses offered through the AP, IB, or Cambridge/AICE programs.
  • A Reading through Language Arts score of 165 – 200 on the GED (in English)
  • Meets reading and writing exemption using EAP courses as described below.
    (EAP 1620 or EAP 1686) or (EAP1683 and EAP1689) AND (EAP1640 and EAP1660) or EAP1685 or (EAP1683 and EAP1689)

MAT1033
MGF1107
  • A Math score ≥ 480 on the PSAT/NMSQT, or
  • 2019 Secondary Mathematics FSA or EOC Level ≥ 4, or
  • 'B' or better grade in the following High School courses: Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or any Mathematics course offered through the AP, IB, or Cambridge/AICE programs, or
  • A Math score of 145 – 174 on the GED
MAC 1105
MAC 1106
MGF 1106
STA  2203
  • A Math score ≥ 530 on the PSAT/NMSQT, or
  • 'B' or better grade in Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or any Mathematics course offered through the AP, IB, or Cambridge/AICE programs, or
  • A Math score of 175 – 200 on the GED
MAC 1114
MAC 1140
MAC 1147
MAC 2233
  • 'B' or better grade in Pre-Calculus or Calculus.
MAC 2311
  • 'B' or better grade in Calculus.


Table Notes:

  • Placement in mathematics courses will be determined by the student's algebra or non-algebra track program of study.
  • For placement in higher level mathematics courses, an alternative method may be used for an exempt student.
  • Students who wish to the use the alternative placement criteria to register for MAC1140 or equivalent/higher need to seek advisement from the math department prior to enrolling.
  • Students may meet placement requirements as established 6A-10.0315 Common Placement Testing and Instruction with existing PERT, SAT, ACT or ACCUPLACER scores.
  • Test scores must be within a two-year period for eligibility purposes.
  • Use of course grades are limited to students who graduated from high school within a two (2) year period.
  • Any combination of existing placement criteria and alternative methods may be used to meet college readiness. 
  • The ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) subtest is used by the Honors College for placement of students in advanced mathematics courses (higher than MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, and STA 2023).
  • Added EAP and GED criteria on 8/12/2020.

During 2020, the Florida Department of Education released an Emergency Order (EO), DOE Order No. 2020-EO-02, in response to COVID-19. In section VIII(d), the emergency order stated:

The requirement in section 1007.263(1), F.S., to use a placement test to demonstrate the achievement of college-level communication and computation skills is suspended through the fall semester of 2020.In addition to or in lieu of tests, college credit programs are permitted to use alternative methods selected by the college for placement into developmental education, where applicable.

The EO was effective through Fall 2020 and provided an option for colleges to use alternative methods for placement purposes. Related policy provisions are included in s. 1008.30, F.S., Common placement testing for public postsecondary education, and Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C., Common placement testing and instruction.

In response to the EO and in the interest in ensuring equitable access to college credit coursework during the pandemic, Miami Dade College offered the following alternative measures for placement in entry-level college credit courses in English and mathematics. For students who do not have eligible placement test scores or the ability to access a placement test remotely, a high school transcript documenting a grade of B or better in the courses identified below were used as an alternative to test scores. Beginning with the Spring 2021 registration period valid placement test scores are required to utilize alternative placement criteria.




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