Entry Assessment at FKCC
All new degree-seeking students, and returning students who change to degree-seeking status, must take an approved
placement exam before registering for classes. Non-degree students are subject to placement test requirements if they
wish to enroll in communication, humanities or mathematics courses or any courses that require satisfactory placement test
scores as a course prerequisite.
Students meeting the minimum scores required for each section of the test may enroll in college-level courses in those
areas. Students must enroll in developmental courses in the areas in which the minimum scores are not met.
Results of this assessment are used in the academic advising process to help place students into proper levels of english,
reading, and mathematics courses. Contact The Office of Student Advisement and Engagement for the testing schedule at
Students who can provide official ACT, SAT,PERT or CPT scores taken within the past two years, or students who have
already completed English (developmental or higher) and math (developmental or higher) at another college or university
and have had their transcript(s) sent to FKCC, are not required to take the placement test. Further information concerning
the placement test is available from the Testing Office located in Student Advisement and Engagement.
Advanced Placement Options
Acceleration of Degree Completion
Acceleration of degree completion can be achieved through national programs of credit by examinations, which include
CLEP (College Level Examination Program), EXCELSIOR (formerly PEP and Regents) and DANTES (Defense Activity of Non-
Traditional Education Support).
Credit is earned after the Director of Enrollment Services has evaluated the official score report and specifies the course
for which credit is being offered. Students receive credit for courses, but not letter grades, and the earned credits are
not computed in grade-point averages. Students may use CLEP, DANTES, and EXCELSIOR credit under the repeat course
policy for “D” or “F” grades only; credit will not be awarded for courses in which you have earned a “C” or better. If you earn
an acceptable score in a course in which you previously earned a “D” or “F”, the credit will be recorded and the “D” or “F”
no longer will be computed in your GPA; no letter grade or quality points will be assigned for the credit. Credits earned
through CLEP, EXCELSIOR and DANTES do not satisfy FKCC’s residency requirements for degree completion. For information
regarding CLEP, please contact the Testing Coordinator at (305) 809-3269.
The College-Level Examination Program, unlike Advanced Placement, is not built around a curriculum, but rather is
designed to test students’ knowledge on a variety of college-level subjects, regardless of where they may have learned
the material. CLEP exams are developed by committees of college faculty who design questions based on what is typically
covered in lower-level college courses and who set passing standards for the exams (scores are no longer based on studies
of student performance in college courses). With the new computer-based tests, new questions are constantly being added,
especially in rapidly changing fields such as Computer Science. The typical passing score on computer-based CLEP exams
for general education purposes is 50, although paper and pencil versions will be different. More information about CLEP,
including recent test information guides, can be found at