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Civic Literacy

Accuplacer ESL



Placement Test-Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T)

  • The PERT. will assess your content knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics

  • Each subsection of the test consists of 30 questions and takes approximately 3 hours to complete

  • All testers are strongly encouraged to prepare for the PERT so that the test accurately reflects your placement in reading, writing and mathematics

  • It is recommended that you study before taking the exam - to access the practice tests and study guides click here

  • Placement Scores range from 50 - 150

  • Calculators are not allowed into the testing room, but a calculator may be presented within the test for select math questions

  • Electronic scratch paper and pencils used during the test are supplied by SCF 

SCF students need the following to test:

  • A non-expired government-issued photo ID to take the test

  • SCF ID number - G number

Non - SCF students need the following to test: 

    • A non-expired government-issued photo ID to take the test  

    • Your social security number and the FAX number where you want your scores sent

    • A fee will be assessed at the time of the test.

Retake Policy & Fees:

  • It is the policy of SCF that students can take the placement test only two times per term for students who have never attempted a college preparatory course.  A "term" is defined as the Fall, Spring or Summer per the College's academic calendar. A fee will be assessed at the time of the test.

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Note:  Test scores are only valid for 2 consecutive years from the date of the test based on state statutes.

Make Up Exam SCF Student

The Assessment/Testing Centers will offer Academic Affairs Testing for State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota students [i.e., Make-up Exams, and Accommodated Testing.]

Please schedule your appointment online at

Student Responsibility:

  • Complete the student section of the Test Referral Form. Forms are available at the Assessment/Testing Center on each campus.  For nursing students only Nursing Test Referral Form.

  • Schedule an appointment, you must schedule enough time for your test. Whatever the time amount is that your instructor gives you for the test is the amount of time you must schedule.

  • Give the Academic Affairs Test Referral form with the completed student section to the instructor 5 days prior to the scheduled test date.

  • You must have a non-expired government issued photo ID to take the test.

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Instructor Responsibility:

  • Instructors will complete their section of the Test Referral form and deliver the test to the Assessment /Testing Center.

CLEP-College Level Examination Placement

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is an open CLEP testing site.  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will allow credit for satisfactory scores earned in the comprehensive and subject examinations offered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

A maximum of 30 hours may be earned in this manner.  The student must score at or above the 50th percentile of the national norms. No credit will be allowed if the student has earned college credit in a similar course. 

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  • The CLEP test is a total of $102 with two separate payments.  Both payments must be made ONLINE prior to your testing date.

  • The Service Fee of $15 is paid online at when the appointment is made.  The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • The Test Fee of $93 is paid online through the CLEP My Account registration portal (effective 7/1/2018).  Other forms of payments at the SCF testing center will no longer be accepted.  In your My Account, upon completing the registration process each test-taker will print a Registration Ticket that you MUST present at the SCF Testing Center as proof of payment.  Fees are subject to change at any time.

  • SCF does not offer the College Composition Modular Exam or optional essays.

  • Check with your advisor, as well as review your university policy for eligibility and minimum score requirements.

  • Identification: Your driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature - You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on your ID must match the name on your registration ticket.

  • CLEP tests are computer-based and most are 90 minutes long. You should plan on being at the college for a total of 3 hours.

  • You will get a print out of your CLEP score immediately following the test, except for College Composition.

  • It takes approximately 2-3 weeks for your school to receive your score.

  • There are no exam rest breaks.

  • Visit the College Board store to purchase the CLEP Official Study Guide or an individual examination guide.

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DANTES (Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support)

SCF is  a Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES) testing center.  DANTES helps Service members and Veterans during and after service to pursue educational goals to earn degrees or certifications.

If eligible, students may save hundreds or even thousands of dollars while pursuing a degree, because the exams are funded by the United States government.  

Dual Enrollment-High School Student Placement Test (PERT)

  • You must have a photo ID to take the test.

  • You must have your application submitted and have your SCF student identification number before making an appointment.

  • Individual appointments are available. 
  • For more information on Dual Enrollment please click here.

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Accuplacer ESL

What is this?   The Accuplacer ESL test is the test of English proficiency for non-native speakers of English.   The test is used to guide students to the correct English course for college success. The test has two sections, reading skills and language use. 

Do I need this test?   If English is not the language you speak best or write best, you should take the Accuplacer ESL test instead of the PERT. 

Why don’t I just take the PERT?   The Accuplacer ESL test is designed so students who do not speak and write English as a primary language can be placed correctly in their English course.  Taking the right English course is important to your early success at SCF.  In contrast, the PERT is designed for native English speakers.  If you take the wrong test, you may be placed in the wrong class which could impact your college success.

What about math?  The Accuplacer ESL test does not have a math section, so students who take the Accuplacer ESL will take the math section of the PERT on a different day of their choice.  

What score do I need to pass the Accuplacer ESL?   The Accuplacer ESL test is not pass/fail.  The test looks at your skill level so you register for the correct English course.  Scores range from 0-120.  Students who score 114 on both sections of the test will be invited to take the PERT test and may be placed in the appropriate courses according to PERT results.  

How much time does it take?   You should expect to spend around 1.5-2 hours taking this test.

Where do I take the Accuplacer ESL test?   At the Assessment and Testing Center on your campus of choice. Make an appointment in person or online.

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