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College Placement Exams

Placement Testing Information

If you are a first-time-in-college degree-seeking student entering a college credit program, you are required to take some form of basic placement testing in English, reading and mathematics. You may meet this requirement in several ways:

  • ACT or SAT scores may be used for placement provided that the scores are less than two years old and they meet state-mandated minimum score levels, Test Score Worksheet .
  • If ACT or SAT scores are lower than the state-mandated minimum scores, you may take the College Placement Test (CPT), which is also called the Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT).
  • If you transfer college-level mathematics credit and/or college-level English composition credit to Gulf Coast State College, you have completed the testing requirement in that specific discipline and must test only in the area(s) in which you are deficient. If you are a transfer student, you must have your transcripts evaluated by the Transcript Coordinator to determine if you are required to take any of the tests. College-level English composition credit supersedes the need for placement in reading.

Traditional Placement

If you entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to 2003–2004, graduated from a non-public Florida high school or earned the GED, you qualify for Traditional Placement in English, reading and mathematics. Traditional Placement requires that you submit active scores on a college placement test (CPT/PERT, SAT or ACT) to Gulf Coast State College in order to assist academic advisors in determining your readiness for college-level English, reading and mathematics.

Flexible Placement

If you entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school in 2003–2004 or later and earned a standard Florida high school diploma from a Florida public high school or are serving as active-duty members of the United States Armed Services, you qualify for Flexible Placement. Flexible Placement indicates that you are not required to be tested or to enroll in developmental education. You may opt into developmental education if you deem it appropriate after consulting with your academic advisor.

COLLEGE PLACEMENT TEST(CPT)/POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION READINESS TEST (PERT) FAQ

ACT OR SAT SCORES FOR PLACEMENT

If you present scores from either the American College Testing Program's ACT or the College Board's SAT exam that meet or exceed the scores shown below, you may be exempted from taking the Florida College Entry-Level Placement Test.

Gulf Coast State College requires official scores. Individual student scores are valid for two years. All ACT or SAT scores received on an official high school or college transcript will be accepted. Scores may be sent to:

Testing Department
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
 
  • ACT -  AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM

     Standard Score:

    Reading 19 and English 17 for placement in ENC 1101

    Mathematics 19 for placement in MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra, QMB, STA 2023 Statistics, MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts, MGF 1107 Survey of Mathematics

    Mathematics 20-22 for placement in MAC 1105 College Algebra or STA 2122 Applied Statistics

    Mathematics 23-27 for placement in MAC 1114 Trigonometry, MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra or MAC 2233 Business Calculus

    Mathematics 28-36 for placement in MAC 2311 Calculus I

    Gulf Coast State College's ACT Code number is 0738

    ACT score reports are available online at ACTor by calling 319-337-1270. You may also send requests to:

    ACT Student Services-Score Reports
    PO Box 451
    Iowa City, IA 52243-0451
  • SAT - THE COLLEGE BOARD

     Standard Score:

    Critical Reading 440 for placement in ENC 1101

    Mathematics 440-449 for placement in MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra, QMB, STA 2023 Statistics, MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts, MGF 1107 Survey of Mathematics

    Mathematics 450-479 for placement in MAC 1105 College Algebra or STA2122 Applied Statistics

    Mathematics 480-509 for placement in MAC 1114 Trigonometry or MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus

    Mathematics 510-800 for placement in MAC 2311 Calculus I

    Gulf Coast State college SAT Code number is 5271

    SAT score reports are available at College Board or by calling 866-756-7346. You may also send requests to:

    College Board SAT Program
    PO Box 025505
    Miami, FL 33102
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