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Florida Developmental Education Exemptions

Get off to a great start with classes that are best for you!

Be prepared for success! MDC encourages you to take advantage of our college placement test to make sure you enroll in classes that best fit your skills.

According to Florida Statutes [Rule 6A-10.0315, College Preparatory Testing, Placement, and Instruction], some degree-seeking students are required to be tested before enrolling for classes. Others are exempt from testing and placement in developmental education courses. Regardless, taking the placement test is a good idea!

Who is exempt?

  • All 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.
  • All students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

However, all students are strongly encouraged to take the placement test.

Who is required to test?

  • All other degree-seeking students [except as noted above] are required to have scores from state-approved tests [e.g., PERT, SAT or ACT] and take developmental education courses unless scores are at college-level as indicated in the American Dream Score Prerequisites chart.

MDC provides you with a wide range of campus assistance to help you succeed in college.

Please contact your academic advisor to assess your readiness for college-level course work and to select your classes. For additional information regarding testing exemptions for Developmental Education, please review the Placement Criteria.  

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