The Who, What, How, When, Why and What ifs of Placement Testing @ LSCC

Why Do Students Need to Take a Placement Test?

Placement tests are required, by state law, for all students entering a community college.  The results of the test tell us if you are ready for college level classes.  If you are, we will help you register.  If you are not, we will help you find classes which will provide the information you need to be college ready!

What is a Placement Test?


A placement test usually will assess your knowledge of reading, math, and English (writing).  There are several tests available to you.   They are the American College Test (ACT), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the College Placement Test (CPT), and the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT).  LSCC will accept scores from any of these tests as an indication of your readiness for college level classes.
In order to register for college level classes, your scores need to be at or above the following levels on at least one of these placement tests:

 

American College Test (ACT)  

English – 17, Reading – 18, Math – 19
 Must meet all three minimum scores

 

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)  

Reading 440 and Math 440
Must meet both minimum scores

 

College Placement Test (CPT)

English – 83, Reading – 83, Math – 72
Represents minimum scores in each category
 Minimum score needed for academic area

 

Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) Writing – 99, Reading – 104, Math – 113
Represents minimum scores in each category
Combination scores needed for academic areas

                                                    
                                                 
          

Who Needs to Take a Placement Test?

If you “fit” into any of these categories, you probably need to take a placement test:

  • Have never taken a college level course and have no college credit
  • Have never taken a dual enrollment college level course
  • Did not take the CPT or PERT in high school for college readiness or scholarship purposes
  • Have been out of school for “awhile” and you are now returning

If any of these describe you, the test is not necessary:

  • Have taken the ACT or SAT, within the last two years,  in preparation for entering college
  • Have taken the CPT, within the last two years,  for scholarship or other reasons
  • Have taken the PERT or CPT for SB 1908 (college readiness) at a local HS, for the purposes of dual enrollment,  and/or for math readiness within the past two years
  • You are returning to school or transferring and have successfully completed your first college level English and math courses

Looks like I need to take the test.  How do I do that?

  1. Get a Placement Test Referral Form from the Cashier’s Office, Admissions Office, or Advising.
  2. Follow the directions on the form.  Appointments for testing can be made by calling or visiting the Learning Center.

  3. Leesburg
     CTL 101
    352-365-3554
     South Lake
     Building 1 – 148 
    352-536-2206
    Sumter
    Clark Maxwell Bldg
    352-568-0001
                                                                  

     

  4. If you would like a PERT Study Guide, please ask for one and we will e-mail a copy to you.

Where and when is the test given?

The PERT is given on all three of the LSCC campuses.  The schedule, for each campus, is as follows:

LEESBURG:   Test is given in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), 109.  Please check in at CTL 101.

SPRING TERM 2011     January 5, 2011 – May 6, 2011

DAY                                  

TIME

LOCATION

Wednesday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

CTL 109

Wednesday

5:00pm – 8:00pm

CTL 109

Thursday

9:00am – 12:00pm

CTL 109

Thursday

2:00pm – 5:00pm

CTL 109

SUMMER TERM 2011      May 9, 2011 – July 29, 2011

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

Monday

9:00am – 12:00pm

CTL 109

Monday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

CTL 109

Wednesday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

CTL 109

Wednesday

5:00pm – 8:00pm

CTL 109

 

SOUTH LAKE:     Test is given in Building 1 – 148, Learning Center.

SPRING TERM 2011         January 5, 2011 – May 6, 2011

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

Tuesday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bldg. 1 – 148

Tuesday

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Bldg. 1 – 148

Friday

9:00am – 12:00pm

Bldg. 1 – 148

Friday

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Bldg. 1 - 148

 

 

SUMMER TERM 2011      May 9, 2011 – July 29, 2011  

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

Tuesday

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Bldg. 1-148

Tuesday

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Bldg. 1 – 148

Thursday

9:00am – 12:00pm

Bldg. 1-148

Thursday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bldg. 1 - 148

 

SUMTER:             Test is given in the Clark Maxwell Building.  Check in at the front desk.

SPRING TERM 2011 and SUMMER TERM 2011 – January 5, 2011 – July 29, 2011


MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

PLEASE NOTE:

Due to other circumstances, the testing dates and locations may change.  Please make an appointment for testing rather than arriving at the test site.
NO ONE WILL BE TESTED WITHOUT A PICTURE ID AND THE PROPER REFERRAL FORM.
When will I get my results?
You will receive your scores at the end of the test and these test scores will be interpreted.  You will receive information about the classes you are eligible to take and options for the future based on your test scores.  Then you are ready to go to the next step – New Student Orientation!
What, exactly, do my scores mean?
Here are scores and the related courses:

MATH


YOUR  SCORE

ENROLL IN THIS COURSE

Scores of 50 – 95

Lower Level Developmental Math (MAT 0012)*

Scores of 96 – 112

Higher Level Developmental Math (MAT 0024)**

Scores of 113 – 122

Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033)

Scores of 123-150

College Algebra and higher (MAT 1105, MGF 1106)

Scores of 123+

Eligible to take the Math Advanced Placement Test

*MAT 0018 in Fall             **MAT 0028 in Fall

WRITING


YOUR SCORE

ENROLL IN THIS COURSE

Scores of 50 – 89

Lower Level Developmental English (ENC 0001)*

Scores of 90 – 98

Higher Level Developmental English (ENC 0010)**

Scores of 99 – 150

Freshman Composition Skills (ENC 1101)

*ENC 0015 in Fall              **ENC 0025 in Fall

READING


SCORES

ENROLL IN THIS COURSE

Scores of 50 – 83

Lower Level Developmental Reading (REA 0001) and English (ENC 0001)

Scores of 84 – 103

Higher Level Developmental  Reading (REA 0002) and English (ENC 0010)

Scores of 104 – 150

Freshman Composition Skills (ENC 1101)

What is a “Developmental” Course?

A developmental class is designed to prepare the student for college level study.  It meets like a college class and you must pay for the class.  However, no college credit is earned.  If you have serious concerns about scoring into a developmental class, please discuss this with an Academic Advisor.

How many chances do I get to make a certain score?

If you score into a developmental level, you may retake that portion of the PERT again.  However, it is wise to determine why you scored at that level…..

  • Is this really your level of knowledge?  If so, it may be good for you to take the course where your scores placed you.
  • Can you do better with some remediation?  Talk with a Learning Center tutor about a plan to help you get to the level where you need to be.
  •  Can I take the test until I get where I want to be?  No, you have one opportunity for a retake.  Your test scores are good for two years.
  • How can I define what I need to study?  In late spring/early summer 2011, a diagnostic test will be available in each academic area.  It will be available to those who score within 10 points of a college level.  Others below that level should consider taking the course.