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Placement Criteria

The State Board of Education (SBOE) requires each public state college to use the common placement test, or other test prior to the completion of initial registration, except for EAP students. Test scores on any combination of the following test batteries may be used for degree-seeking students prior to registration: Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT), Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Classic ACCUPLACER/Computerized Placement Test(CPT) test dates through January 2020,  and ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG).

The SBOE sets minimum scores below which developmental education work is required in reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement scores are valid for two years. A registration hold is in place to prevent student registration until scores are are in the College's student record keeping system . Further assessment may be conducted in courses. MDC students have a total of two placement test attempts (one initial attempt and one retest) on each subtest of the placement test for initial placement prior to enrollment in any course within that subject area. Prior to administering a retest on the MDC Placement Test, the test administrator must require documentation from the student that verifies alternative remediation has occurred since the prior attempt. After the 2nd attempt students must complete a prescribed remediation option and receive permission to retest from the appropriate chairperson. High school and middle school testing is exempted from the total number of attempts after the student graduated from high school. However, twelfth (12th) grade students admitted to MDC for the Summer or Fall Terms and test at MDC on or after the first Monday in January are allowed to take a maximum of two placement attempts regardless of any previous attempts. Retesting in any subtest area must occur prior to enrollment in that area or by the 100% refund date each semester. High school administered placement scores at the college ready level are used for placement purposes at Miami Dade College. Retesting in the appropriate subtest area will be required for graduating high school students who were administered a placement test prior to the first Monday in January and did not achieve the college ready level.

Request for placement testing at other institutions must have prior approval by the Institutional Test Administrator (ITA) or designee.

Exempted from Testing

  1. Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school. Refer to Appendix B
    Note: Home education students and students who earned a GED or a diploma from a private high school are not exempted from common placement testing and developmental education.
  2. Students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  3. Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an institution recognized by MDC. Official documentation is required. Students with foreign degrees from non-English speaking countries must present passing scores from MDC approved English proficiency examinations.  Refer to Section II for examinations and passing socres.
  4. Students who have earned the required course grade listed in the Exemption Course Grade chart. 
    Notes:
    - Exemption for courses not on the chart must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson. Official documentation is required.
    - Students who have a letter grade (including D, F, W, U and P) associated with a placement area are not required to be retested; they will be re-placed in the English, Reading or Math course in which they earned that grade.
Exemption Using Course Grade
Skill Area Course Grade 
Reading REA0017, REA0019, REA005, REA0056, or ENC0027, or TNFR 9917 A, B, C, S
Any REA1000 level or higher A, B, C, S
ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC2300, or ENC2301 A, B, C, S
TNFR 9901 A, B, C, S
EAP 1620 or EAP 1686 A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1683 and EAP1689  A, B, C, S
Writing ENC0025, ENC0027, ENC0055 or ENC0056, or TNFR9918 A, B, C, S
TNFR 9901 A, B, C, S
Any ENC1000 or 2000 Level A, B, C, S
Any LIT2000l Level A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1640 and EAP1660, or EAP1685 A, B, C, S
Completion of both EAP1683 and EAP1689 A, B, C, S
Math MAT0022C, MAT0028, MAT0029, MAT0055, MAT0056, or MAT0057 (3.0 credit module), or TNFR9906 A, B, C, S
MAT1033 or MGF 1107 A, B, C, S
QMB2100 A, B, C, S
TNFR 9905 A, B, C, S
Any (MAC, MAD, MAP, MAS, MGF, or STA) A, B, C, S
 

Letter grades 'A', 'B', and 'C' in developmental education courses are used for transferred in and equivalent courses only. 

MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC. A grade of A,B,C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105.

A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106. 

MGF 1107 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. 

A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1107 or MAT1033 in order to register in MGF 1106. 

MGF 1106 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. 

A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1106 or MAT 1033 in order to register in STA 2023.

MAC 1105 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC 1147.

Generic equivalent communications courses (TNFR is for MDConnect).

Generic equivalent mathematics courses (TNFR is for MDConnect).

MAT 0029 is used for the Mathematics to Statistics Pathway. Refer to Appendix C.

REA 0019 (combined upper and lower level reading), REA 0055 (1.0 credit module), ENC 0055 (1.0 credit module), MAT 0055 (1.0 credit module), and MAT 0056 (2.0 credit module) are courses in the state-wide numbering system which are not offered at MDC.

ENC 0027 is a combined upper level reading and writing course that satisfies the DevEd requirement for both areas.

MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.

Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D.

 

5.

Transient students (those who attend another college or university) who provide appropriate documentation, and are enrolling for courses to transfer to their primary institution (and who are not seeking a degree at MDC).

6.

Students who present SAT, ACT, or CPT/PERT scores meeting State requirements in MDC's Course Placement Guides ACT, and SAT – ACCUPLACER and PERT. If multiple test results are on record, the highest subtest scores are used. Any score presented which is lower than the score needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate MDC Placement Test subtest(s). For students presenting passing mathematics scores in specific score ranges (ACT Mathematics = 19-20 and SAT Mathematics = 24-26), the CPT college-level mathematics subtest and the PERT mathematics subtest may be used to determine placement into advanced mathematics courses (e.g., MAC1105, MAC1106, MGF1106, STA2023, etc.).

Course placement may be based on a combination of test results.

Course Placement Guide - ACT and SAT
Skill Area ACT SAT Course Placement
Reading Reading ≥19 ≥24 ENC1101
Writing(1) English ≥17 Writing and Language ≥25 ENC1101
Math(2) 19-20 24-26

MAT1033
or
MGF 1107

≥21 ≥26.5 MAC1105
 MAC1106
MGF1106
or
or STA2023
≥27 ≥31 Refer to Math Department
 

Faculty may recommend supplemental services based on a required writing sample.

If recommended placement is MAT 1033, refer to CPT college-level mathematics subtest or PERT mathematics subtest. 

MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC. 

A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105.

A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106.

MGF 1107 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1107 or MAT1033 in order to register in MGF 1106.

MGF 1106 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC.

A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1106 or MAT 1033 in order to register in STA 2023.

MAC 1105 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC 1147.

If recommended placement is MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or STA 2023 refer to Mathematics Department advisor for placement into other advanced mathematics courses.

Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is at college level. Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading and writing requirements may not enroll in any Gordon Rule course except mathematics. Students may select from a list of courses maintained by the Academic Advisement office and approved by the pertinent academic department, for co-enrollment with college prep courses.

MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.

Students who have already registered in a mathematics course (and are past the 100% refund deadline) are not eligible to take the College-Level Mathematics subtest without permission from the chairperson of the Mathematics Department.

If SAT Total score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing plus Math) is 1260 or more, or composite ACT score is 26 or more, the student may be eligible for The Honors College and should check additional eligibility requirements at www.mdc.edu/honorscollege.

Institutional ACT (Residual) and SAT scores from other institutions are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.

SAT State-Allowed Accommodations (SAA) scores and ACT Non-College Reportable scores (NCR) are not used for Exemption purposes at MDC.

Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D


 

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) Subtest Score
(Effective 9/24/2019)
ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)
Subtest Score
(Test dates through January 2020)
PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended
DevEd Course Placement
Course Placement Guide - Reading: ACCUPLACER and PERT
200 - 236 20 - 70 50 - 83 REA 0007
200 - 244 or 237 - 244 20-82 or 71 - 82 50 -105 or 84 - 105 ENC 0027 or REA 0017
243 - 244   104 -105 REA 0056
      College Ready Course Placement
245 - 300 83 - 120 106 -150 ENC 1101

Refer to information at end of ACCUPLACER Writing table below.

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (NG) Subtest Score
(Effective 9/24/2019)
ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT)
Subtest Score
(Test dates through January 2020)
PERT
Subtest Score
Recommended
DevEd Course Placement
Course Placement Guide - Writing: ACCUPLACER and PERT
200 - 236 20 - 70 50 - 89 ENC 0015
200 - 244 or 237 - 244 20-82 or 71 - 82   50 -102 or 90 - 102 ENC 0025 or ENC 0027
243 - 244   101 - 102 ENC 0056
      College Ready Course Placement
245 - 300 83 - 120 103 -150 ENC 1101


ACCUPLACER NG Reading and Writing 236 and below needs supplemental support and/or the lower level DevEd courses if they are available.

Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading requirements may not enroll in college-level English even if their writing test score is ENC 1101 placement on the ACCUPLACER or PERT. Students who have not satisfied developmental education/EAP reading and writing requirements may not enroll in any Gordon Rule course except mathematics. Students may select from a list of courses maintained by the Academic Advisement office and approved by the pertinent academic department, for co-enrollment with developmental education courses.

Students scoring at this level must see an advisor prior to registering. College Readiness Enrichment Program (Strongly Recommended) for FTIC direct entry students who place in REA 0007 and/or ENC 0015.

REA 0056 and ENC 0056 are modular courses.

Students must place into REA 0017 AND ENC 0025 to take ENC 0027.

Faculty may recommend supplemental services based on a required writing sample.

Developmental education/EAP faculty will provide a diagnostic at the beginning of the course to confirm course placement.

Alternate instruction may be provided to those students who score between 20-50 on the CPT or 50-61 on the PERT.

Course Placement Guide – Mathematics: ACCUPLACER Next-Generation
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Math Subtest Score (Effective 9/24/2019)
QAS Subtest Score QAS Recommended DevEd Course Placement 
200 - 236 MAT 0018 or MAT 0022C
200 - 241 or 237 - 241 MAT 0028, MAT 0029, or MAT 0057
QAS Subtest Score QAS College Ready Course Placement AAF Subtest Score AAF College Ready Course Placement
242 - 257 MAT1033 or MGF 1107 200 - 249 Not Used
258 - 300 MAC1105, MAC 1106 MGF 1106, or STA 2023 250 - 269 MAC 1114, MAC 1140, or MAC 2233
276 - 300 Refer to AAF 270 - 279 MAC 1147
  280 - 300 MAC 2311

ACCUPLACER NG QAS 236 and below needs supplemental support and/or the lower level DevEd courses if they are available. Refer to information at end of PERT Math table below.

Course Placement Guide – Mathematics: ACCUPLACER Classic
ACCUPLACER CLASSIC (CPT) Math Subtest Score (Test dates through January 2020)
Elementary Algebra Arithmetic College-Level Math Recommended DevEd Course Placement
20 - 71 20 - 29 Subtest Not Required MAT 0018
20 - 71 30 - 64 Subtest Not Required MAT 0022C
20 - 71 65 - 120 Subtest Not Required MAT 0028,
MAT 0029, or
MAT 0057
      College Ready Course Placement
72 - 120 Subtest Not Required Subtest Not Required MAT 1033 or MGF 1107
  Subtest Not Required 20 - 39 Not Used
  Subtest Not Required 40 - 62 MAC 1105,
MAC 1106,
MGF 1106, or
STA 2023
  Subtest Not Required 63 - 120 Refer to Mathematics Department Placement (at the department level only): (63 – 85):
MAC1114, MAC1140
(86 – 102):
MAC1147, MAC2233
(103 – 120):
MAC2311

Refer to information at end of PERT Math table below.


Course Placement Guide - Mathematics: PERT

PERT Math
Subtest Score
Recommended DevEd Course Placement
50 - 74 MAT 0018
75 - 95 MAT 0022C
50 - 113 or
96 - 113
MAT 0028,
MAT 0029, or
MAT 0057
  College Ready - Course Placement
114 - 122 MAT 1033 or MGF 1107
123 - 150
(135 -150  refer to  CPT-CLM)
MAC 1105,
MAC 1106,
MGF 1106, or
STA 2023

MAT 0029, MGF 1107, and MGF 1106 are designated for non-algebra track students.

A CPT algebra score in the range of 72-120 without a CPT college-level mathematics subtest score of 40 or higher places a student in MAT 1033 or MGF 1107.

College-Level Mathematics subtest is available upon request if CPT algebra score is 72-86. Students who have already registered in a mathematics course (and are past the 100% refund deadline) are not eligible to take the CPT college-level mathematics subtest without permission from the chairperson of the Mathematics Department.

MAT 1033 counts toward graduation elective credit at MDC.   A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC 1105.  A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106.

MGF 1107 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1107 or MAT1033 in order to register in MGF 1106. 

MGF 1106 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in MGF 1106 or MAT 1033 in order to register in STA 2023. 

MAC 1105 counts toward General Education core requirements at MDC. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC 1147.

Students with a CPT college-level mathematics subtest score of 63 or higher are referred to the Mathematics Department.

MAT 0057 is a modular course.

MAC 1106 is intended for students preparing for STEM careers. This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements. A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAT 1033 in order to register in MAC1106.

MAC 1147 is intended for students preparing for preparing for STEM careers.  This course only meets the MDC General Education core requirements.  A grade of A, B, or S must be earned in MAC 1105 in order to register in MAC1147.

Mathematics Pathways Advising. Refer to Appendix D.

 

Course Placement Guide Notes

Further assessment may be conducted in courses.

Developmental Education Strategies: A student whose score on the placement test indicates a need for developmental education must be advised of all the developmental education options offered at the institution and, after advisement, shall be allowed to enroll in the developmental education option of his or her choice. The following options are available at MDC: Modularized instruction, Compressed (or accelerated) course structures, Contextualized developmental instruction, and Co-requisite developmental instruction.

If scores on one or more of the subtests require developmental education placement, students must enroll in at least one developmental education course during their first term.  Students who test into developmental education instruction and subsequently enroll in developmental education instruction must successfully complete the required developmental education studies by the time they have accumulated twelve (12) credits of college credit coursework or they must maintain continuous enrollment in developmental education coursework each semester until the requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in the degree.

Students placing into developmental education course work in one skill area are required to enroll concurrently in SLS 1505; students placing in two or more skill areas are required to enroll concurrently in SLS 1510.  Students enrolled in a developmental education course may concurrently enroll only in college credit courses that do not require the skills addressed in the developmental education course.

All First Time in College (FTIC) Associate in Arts (AA) degree-seeking students who are college-ready in the reading, writing, and mathematics skill area are required to have registered by their 16th earned credit and completed SLS 1106, or its equivalent (SLS 1125, SLS 1502, SLS 1505, SLS 1510, or IDS 1044) by their 30th earned college credit. 

Exception note: The following students are not required to complete SLS 1106:

  • Honors College, School for Advanced Studies (SAS), and New World School of the Arts (NWSA).
  • Students who are transferring in more than 12 earned college credits.
  • Students who successfully completed SLS 1125, SLS 1502, SLS 1505, SLS 1510, or IDS 1044.
  • Students in a program code other than AA degree seeking (i.e. Associate in Science (AS), College Credit Certificate (CCC), etc.).
  • Students in an AA degree-seeking program which is not designated as the student's primary program objective.

If placement scores are college-level in all skill areas, students may be eligible for The Honors College and should check additional eligibility requirements at www.mdc.edu/honorscollege.

Alternative Placement Criteria for College-Level Placement for Recent, Non-Exempt High School Graduates, Alternative Placement Options for Students with Military Experience and Alternative Placement Options for Students with Significant Work History.  Refer to Appendix C.

General Placement Recommendations for Advisement and for Developmental Education Advisement.  Refer to Appendix D

Mathematics Pathways Advising.   Refer to Appendix D

Meta-Major Academic Pathways and gateway courses that are aligned with the intended academic and career goals of degree seeking students. Refer to Appendix E

Recommended to test for College Credit Certificates:

  1. Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter,  earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school, and do not have placement scores for ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033 or higher.  Refer to Appendix B.
  2. Students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, and do not have placement scores for ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033 or higher.

Students who are recommended to test are not required to enroll in developmental education but may opt to do so.  MDC provides assessment and instruction upon the student's request. 

 

Required to test for College Credit Certificate Programs:

1.

Students seeking college credit certificates in Health Sciences programs. Such students may not register for any credit course at MDC until they have a set of complete scores on file. This includes students who hold a career certificate.

2.

College credit certificate-seeking students taking any course outside of their program.

3.

College credit certificate-seeking students who register for any English, or mathematics course (excluding MTB 1103), or any course that requires college-level Reading and/or Writing placement.

4.

Students seeking early college (dual) enrollment.
Note: Refer to dual enrollment for placement guidelines.

5.

College credit certificate-seeking students in Health Sciences programs, who took a placement examination more than two years ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.




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