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Placement Criteria for Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs

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 2020,  and ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) effective September 24, 2019.

The SBOE sets minimum scores below which developmental education work is required in reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement scores 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 or charter high school. Appendix B
    Note: Home education students and students who earned a GED or a diploma from a private high school 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.  General Education requirements will be waived for these students if they have a degree from a foreign accredited institution. Refer to TMOP for Transfer Credit Evaluation (1100:815110).
    Refer to Section ll for examinations and passing scores. 
  4. Students who have earned the required course grade listed in the Exemption Course Grade chart. (Please refer to the Exemption Using Course Grade table below)
    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.
  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 SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER or PERT scores meeting State requirements in MDC's Course Placement Guides (ACT and SAT, ACCUPLACER 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 ACCUPLACER Next-Generation QAS subtest, CPT college-level mathematics subtest with test dates through January 2020 and the PERT mathematics subtest may be used to determine placement into advanced mathematics courses (e.g., MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, STA 2023, etc.). 

Guidelines for Exemption

Exemption Using Course Grade

Skill Area Course Grade 
Reading REA0017, REA0019, REA005, REA0056, or ENC0027, or TNFR 9917 A, B, C, S
Any REA1000 level or higher A, B, C, S
ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC2300, ENC2301, or any Gordon Rule writing course or its equivalent. A, B, C, S
Any LIT200 Level or any Gordon Rule writing course 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 LIT2000 Level or any Gordon Rule writing course 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), or TNFR9906 A, B, C, S
MAT1033, MTG 2204, QMB2100, or TNFR 9905 A, B, C, S
Any (MAC, MAD, MAP, MAS, MGF, or STA) A, B, C, S

Table Notes: Exemption Using Course Grade

  • 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).
  • MAT 0029 is used for the Mathematics to Statistics Pathway. Refer to Appendix C.
  • 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.
  • ENC 0027 is a combined upper level reading and writing course that satisfies the DevEd requirement for both areas.
  • MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.
  • Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D.

Course Placement Guide for Reading and Writing - ACT and SAT

Course Placement Guide - ACT and SAT

Skill Area ACT SAT Course Placement
Reading Reading ≥19 ≥24 ENC1101
Writing(1) English ≥17 Writing and Language ≥25 ENC1101
Math(2) 19-20 24-26

MAT1033
or
MGF 1107

≥21 ≥26.5 MAC1105
 MAC1106
MGF1106
or
or STA2023
≥27 ≥31 Refer to Math Department

Table Notes: Course Placement Guide - ACT and SAT

  • Faculty may recommend supplemental services based on a required writing sample.
  • If recommended placement is MAT 1033, refer to ACCUPLACER AAF subtest, 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.
  • 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.
  • If recommended placement is MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, or STA 2023 refer to Mathematics Department advisor for placement into other advanced mathematics courses.
  • 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 developmental education courses.
  • MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.
  • 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 SAT Total score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing plus Math) 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.
  • SAT State-Allowed Accommodations (SAA) scores and ACT Non-College Reportable scores (NCR) are not used for Exemption purposes at MDC.
  • Mathematics Pathways Advising.   Refer to Appendix D

Course Placement Guide for Reading and Writing - ACCUPLACER and PERT

Course Placement Guide - Reading: ACCUPLACER and PERT

ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT) Subtest Score (Test dates through January 2020) ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) Subtest Score (Effective September 24, 2019) PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended Course
Placement
20 - 70 200 - 236 50 - 83 REA 0007 (Developmental Education Course)
20 – 82 or 71 - 82 200 - 244 or 237 - 244 50 -105 or 84 - 105 ENC 0027 or REA 0017 (Developmental Education Course)
83 - 120 245 - 300 106 -150 ENC 1101 (College Ready Course)

Course Placement Guide - Writing: ACCUPLACER and PERT

ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)
Subtest Score (Test dates through January 2020)
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) Subtest Score (Effective September 24, 2019) PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended Course Placement
20 - 70 200 - 236 50 - 89 ENC 0015 (Developmental Education Course)
20 – 82 or 71 - 82 200 - 244 or 237 - 244 50 -102 or 90 - 102 ENC 0025 or ENC 0027 (Developmental Education Course)
83 - 120 245 - 300 103 - 150 ENC 1101 (College Ready Course)

Table Notes: Read and Writing ACCUPLACER and PERT

  • ACCUPLACER NG Reading and Writing 236 and below needs supplemental support and/or the lower level DevEd courses if they are available.
  • 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.  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.
  • Students scoring at this level must see an advisor prior to registering.
  • College Readiness Enrichment Program (Strongly Recommended) for FTIC direct entry students who place in REA 0007 and/or ENC 0015. 
  • 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.

Course Placement Guide for Mathematics: ACCUPLACER and PERT

Course Placement Guide for Mathematics - ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)

This information is valid through January 2020

ElementaryAlgebra Arithmetic College-Level Math (CLM) Recommended Course Placment
20 - 71 20 - 29 Subtest Not Required MAT 0018 (Developmental Education Course)
20 - 71 30 - 64 Subtest Not Required MAT 0022C (Developmental Education Course)
20 - 71 20 – 120 or 65 - 120 Subtest Not Required MAT 0028, MAT 0029, MAT 0057 (Developmental Education Course)
72 - 120 Subtest Not Required Subtest Not Required MAT 1033, MGF 1107 (College Ready Course)
  Subtest Not Required 20 - 39 Not Used (College Ready Course)
  Subtest Not Required 40 - 62 MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, STA 2023 (College Ready Course)
  Subtest Not Required 63 – 85 MAC 1114, MAC 1140 (College Ready Course)
  Subtest Not Required 86 – 102 MAC 1147, MAC 2233 (College Ready Course)
  Subtest Not Required 103 – 120 MAC 2311 (College Ready Course)

Course Placement Guide for Mathematics - ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) and PERT)

Math Subtest Score (Effective September 24, 2019)

Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) PERT Math Subtest Score Recommended Course Placement
  200 - 236 50 - 74 MAT 0018 (Developmental Education Course)
  200 - 236 75 - 95 MAT 0022C (Developmental Education Course)
  200 - 241 or 237 - 241 50 - 113 or 96 - 113 MAT 0028, MAT 0029, MAT 0057 (Developmental Education Course)
  242 - 257 114 - 122 MAT 1033, MGF 1107 (College Ready Course)
200 - 249     Not Used (College Ready Course)
  258 – 300 (276 – 300 refer to AAF) 123 - 150 (135 -150 refer to CPT-CLM) MAC 1105, MAC 1106, MGF 1106, STA 2023 (College Ready Course)
250 - 269     MAC 1114, MAC 1140, MAC 2233 (College Ready Course)
270 – 279     MAC 1147 (College Ready Course)
280 – 300     MAC 2311 (College Ready Course)

Table Notes: Course Placement Guide for Mathmatics - ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT), ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) and PERT

  • ACCUPLACER NG QAS 236 and below needs supplemental support and/or the lower level DevEd courses if they are available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  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 Recent, Non-Exempt 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 and for Developmental Education Advisement.  Refer to Appendix D. 

Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D

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 and College Credit Courses

  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 or charter 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.
  3. 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 Section V 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.

Required to Test for College Credit Certificate Programs

  1. 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. College credit certificate-seeking students taking any course outside of their program.
  3. 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. Students seeking early college (dual) enrollment. Note: Refer to Section V for placement guidelines.
  5. 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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