The St. Johns River State College Testing Center provides a convenient testing environment for students, community and faculty. SJR State maintains dedicated testing centers on each of the three main campuses and provides as-needed assessment at other locations.
The Testing Center coordinates and administers the Post Secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) for initial placement purposes, make-up, independent study examinations, online tests, national credit-by-exam testing programs, and a number of workforce testing options. We also provide a proctoring service for distance learning programs, and other assessments conducive to individuals' overall success academically, personally and professionally.
Please use the links on the left to access information about these assessments and the benefits they provide.
5001 St. Johns Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177-3897
(386) 312-4035 or 312-4228
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065
(St. Johns County)
2990 College Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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- The ACCUPLACER is a college placement test (CPT). The purpose of ACCUPLACER is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests will be used by your academic advisor or counselor to determine course selection. It is not possible to "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important to do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
The ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer.
- ACCUPLACER is offered at 9:00 and 1:30. College wide, there are only two seating’s for initial placement testing. That change occurred due to the length of the P.E.R.T. - usually 3 - 3 1/2 hours.
- Study Guides are available in the Counseling Centers and online at:
To have an official copy of your Placement Test Scores (CPT/Accuplacer) sent to another College or University, you must complete the Placement Test Transcript Request Form. Once completed, you should deliver the completed form to the nearest campus Counseling Center, or fax it to 386-312-4292 or email the request to GinaDenning@SJRstate.edu.
Important Note: If your student records are not clear (holds, outstanding debt/fines, etc.), we will be unable to process your request.
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Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.):
The P.E.R.T. is an initial placement test. The purpose of the test is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests will be used by your academic advisor or counselor to determine course selection. It is not possible to "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important to do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
The P.E.R.T. is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer.
The P.E.R.T. is offered on all three campuses weekdays at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM.
Once you have submitted an application, paid your $30.00 admission fee, and know what tests you need, schedule an appointment to test by calling the campus location convenient to you.
Study guides are available in the Counseling Centers and online at: www.college.measuredsuccess.com.
To have an official copy of your P.E.R.T. sent to another College or University, complete the Placement Test Transcript Request Form. Once completed, deliver the completed form to the Counseling Center convenient to you, fax the request to 386-312-4292 or email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP):
- The CLEP gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of the 30+ CLEP examinations. Many colleges and universities across the Nation will recognize your comprehensive subject knowledge acquired through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.
The CLEP examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. Many examinations are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses. Faculty at individual colleges review the exams to ensure that they cover the material currently taught in their one and two year courses.
- The CLEP is administered 8 times a year on the Palatka and St. Augustine campuses. Contact the campus most convenient to you for the administration times and dates.
- Visit www.collegeboard.com/clep and read the descriptions of all of the exams and decide which exam(s) to take. Contact the college Counseling Center near you, register to take the exam on the registration form provided on the CLEP Web site, and pay the $15.00 administration fee to the college. On the day of the test(s), provide a photo bearing identification with a signature and the receipt for the $15.00 administration fee. Immediately prior to the exam(s) you will be required to pay for the exam(s). Personal checks or money orders should be made payable to CLEP. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card.
- CLEP Study Guides are available online at www.collegeboard.com/clep.
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- The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. It is universally accepted for college admission.
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science.
The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
The ACT is curriculum-based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics and science. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, students are generally more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content.
- Nationwide ACT administrations are scheduled for October, December, February, April and June. Visit www.act.org to register online for the ACT.
The ACT fees may be viewed by visiting www.act.org.
- ACT study guides are available online at www.actstudent.org click on "ACT Online Prep."
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- The SAT tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college- skills that students learned in high school.
The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom- including how they think, solve problems and communicate.
- Nationwide SAT administrations are scheduled for October, November, December, January, March, May and June. Register online or by mail by visiting www.collegeboard.com/student.
The SAT fees may be viewed by visiting www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/.
- SAT study guides are available online at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ click on "SAT Preparation."
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Florida Basic Abilities Test (BAT):
- The BAT consists of approximately 120 scenario-based questions. These questions measure the 8 abilities necessary for law enforcement, corrections and corrections probation work. BAT measures deductive and inductive reasoning, information ordering, memorization, problem sensitivity, spatial orientation, written expression and written comprehension.
- Applicants may retake the same form only after a period of six months has elapsed and no more than three tests may be administered to any applicant in a twelve month period.
- Applicants must be scheduled with the SJR State Testing Office on the Palatka Campus (386) 312-4228. Applicants must pay in advance (at any campus business office) and have a receipt to schedule the BAT.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the paper/pencil exams will be phased out and a new exam will be developed by McCann and Associates and overseen by the Department of Law Enforcement. Additionally, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is developing a new State Officer Certification Examination. The Testing Center is in the process of being granted permission to administer these exams.
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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):
- The TABE is widely used as an assessment tool for students entering a GED Program. While it is mainly used for GED classes, it is not exclusive to the GED Program. Many businesses use this assessment tool for prospective employees.
- The College's adult education program mainly assesses students in reading, math, and language. The TABE also covers writing, vocabulary and spelling.
- The TABE is administered on the Palatka Campus at St. Johns River State College: Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- The TABE is free of charge to students without a high school diploma who are planning to attend adult education classes through the community college.
- There is a $20.00 fee for individuals who need the TABE for employment purposes or for admission into an academic program.
Students who leave the program prior to achieving their high school diploma may return to classes without retesting if their scores are less than two years old. If scores are more than two years old, the student must retake the TABE.
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Institutional Testing / Proctoring:
- Proctoring services are available for students taking make-up online tests. Proctoring services are also available for students attending other institutions. Students must be scheduled with the SJR State Testing Coordinator at the Palatka Campus (386) 312-4228. Students are responsible for assuring test administration instructions are submitted, by the instructor, with the test.
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
- The TOEFL Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.
- Most people take the TOEFL test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.
- The TOEFL test is offered in different formats depending on a test taker's location. These include:
- The TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: reading. listening, speaking, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. The TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework.
- The TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) measures: Listening Comprehension; Structure and Written Expression; and Reading Comprehension
- Many institutions report that they frequently do not require TOEFL test scores of certain kinds of international applicants. These include:
- nonnative speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)
- nonnative speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-year course of study in which English was the language of instruction
- transfer students from institutions in the United States or Canada whose academic course work was favorably evaluated in relation to its demands and duration
- nonnative speakers who have taken the TOEFL test within the past two years
- nonnative speakers who have successfully pursued academic work at schools where English was the language of instruction in an English-speaking country for a specified period, generally two years
- Students should contact their prospective institutions directly concerning their specific admission requirements.
- The TOEFL test is offered in 180 countries around the world at institutional locations, such as college and university testing centers operated by Prometric, a division of Thomson Learning.
See TOEFL IBT Locations and Dates.
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