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 For Placement.
  • If ACT or SAT scores are lower than the state-mandated minimum scores, you may take the College Placement Test (CPT), or 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 (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.

Please remember that if you are taking all 3 sections in the PERT placement exam, it can take you over 3 hours. Please arrive early so you can finish  all the sections without feeling rushed.



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
For any further questions, please contact Rachel Inman at 850-873-3533 or