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Career and Testing Services FAQ

Where is Career and Testing Services?
Career and Testing Services is located in building B221 on the New Port Richey campus, in building A151 on the Dade City campus,  in A248 in Brooksville, building D119 on the Spring Hill Campus and C411 on the Wesley Chapel campus. (Career and Testing Services is not staffed full time on the Brooksville, Dade City, Spring Hill or Wesley Chapel campuses.)
What tests do I need to take for enrollment?
The tests required depend on the program you want to take. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
What is a placement test?
A placement test determines what courses you need to take in order to maximize your chances of success. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
Do low scores on a placement test stop me from attending PHSC?
No, low scores do not block your admission to PHSC. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
What tests are required for an AA and AS?
An Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree requires the ACT, SAT, CPT or PERT test scores that are less than two years old at date of admission. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
What tests are required for a technical program?
The TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is required for almost all technical programs.
How long are test scores acceptable?
Test scores are acceptable for two years after the initial testing date.
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a test from American College Testing headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. The ACT consists of four sections: English, math, reading, and science. The score range is 0-36. The test is typically administered five times a year (February, April, June, October and December). For administration dates, an application, and cost please visit their website.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test given through the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. The SAT consists of three sections: critical reading, math, and essay. The score range is 200-2400. The test is typically administered seven times a year (January, March, May, June, October, November, and December). For administration dates, an application, and cost please visit their website.
Which students usually take the ACT or SAT?
Only degree-seeking students typically take these tests.
What scores are required on the ACT and/or SAT for admission to PHSC?
Even though the ACT and SAT are accepted as entrance exams, there are no qualifying scores for admission since PHSC has an open admissions policy and denies admittance to no one due to test scores. However, minimum scores are required to register for college-level classes. See an advisor for scoring information. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
What if I score below the minimum required score on the SAT or ACT?
Students who score below minimum levels on those tests are required to take preparatory developmental classes in the areas in which their scores were low in order to help them obtain the skills necessary for success. Students may also opt to take the PERT test for placement purposes. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
What is the CLEP?
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country.
Why would a student take the CLEP?
Students who wish to gain college credit by taking an exam can try the CLEP because they could obtain credit, placement, and exemption by demonstrating proficiency through testing.
When is the CLEP offered?
The CLEP is offered at Career and Testing Services at the West Campus in New Port Richey on a walk-in basis. You may walk in to the center during regular hours. There is a $100 fee for taking the CLEP ($20 administrative fee to PHSC and $80 to CLEP).
What is the CPT?
The CPT is the College Placement Test. It was formerly administered for placement purposes. It has now been replaced by the PERT.
What is the PERT?
The PERT is the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test given through PHSC Career and Testing Services on the West Campus in New Port Richey or the Teaching-Learning Center on the East Campus (Dade City), North Campus (Brooksville) and Spring Hill Campus. This test is used for placement purposes. There is no fee for initial testing with a paid application on file. The placement test may be repeated with a $5 retake fee.
Who must take the PERT?
Students who intend to enter degree or college credit certificate programs are required to complete the PERT. Other programs may also apply. However, CPT, SAT, and ACT scores are also accepted providing they are no more than two years old from the date taken. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
How do I schedule to take the placement test?
There is no appointment necessary to take the placement test. See the Career and Testing Services walk-in hours.
How are placement tests administered?
The PERT is administered via computer. Students read all instructions and questions on the computer screen and mark their answers using the keyboard. No computer experience and/or typing skills are required.
What must I bring with me to the placement test?
You must bring an official photo ID, such as a Florida driver’s license, and your student ID number.
May I use a calculator on the placement test?
No. Please do not bring calculators, textbooks, paper, notebooks, dictionaries, or thesauri to the test. An electronic writing board will be provided. Also, no test materials, papers, or notes may leave the room with you upon completion of the test.
Is the placement test timed?
No, it is not a timed test. Students may take as long as they need to finish.
Is there a fee for the placement test?
There is no fee for first-time test takers with a paid application on file. The placement test may be repeated with a $5 retake fee.
How many times may I re-take the placement test?
Degree seeking students may take the PERT a total of two times.
What scores from the placement test are reported?
Placement test scores are reported for reading, English, and math.
What scores are required on the placement test?
There are no qualifying scores for admission since PHSC has an open admissions policy and denies admittance to no one due to test scores. However, minimum scores are required to register for college-level classes. See an advisor for scoring information.
What if I score below the minimum required score on the placement test?
Students who score below the minimum levels are required to take preparatory developmental classes in the areas in which their scores were low in order to help them obtain the skills necessary for success.
Is there anyone exempt from placement testing?
Transfer students who have successfully completed college-level English and college-level math/algebra may be exempt. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.
Is placement testing required for transient students taking classes at PHSC?
No placement test is required, but transient students must submit the appropriate transient student registration form from their home college.
What is the Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)?
The CJBAT Basic Abilities Test (BAT) designed by I/O Solutions. It is required for those who are interested in a career in law enforcement or corrections. The CJBAT is a timed 2.5 hour multiple choice test that measures reading comprehension, language, spatial relations, chart interpretation, map reading and clerical aptitude. All areas are geared towards law enforcement situations.
Is there a fee for the CJBAT?
Yes. There is a $50 fee for PHSC students and a $55 fee for non-PHSC students.
How do I schedule to take the CJBAT?
If you were interested in completing the test at the North (Brooksville), East (Dade City) Campus, or Spring Hill Campus it is essential to contact Career and Testing Services to schedule an appointment. The West Campus (New Port Richey) has walk-in testing. You may view the Career and Testing Services page for walk-in hours.
When do I receive my CJBAT test results?
You will receive your results upon completion of the test. Passing scores for PHSC’s academies are 79 for law enforcement and 72 for corrections.
What is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?
The TEAS is a national, standardized exam created by ATI that is used for nursing admission. It measures math, reading comprehension, English and science. It also helps to determine the student’s learning style. For TEAS objectives, sample questions and other information, see the TEAS fact sheet.
How long is the TEAS?
The maximum time allotted is three and one-half hours.
How do I schedule to take the TEAS?
If you are interested in completing the test at the North (Brooksville), East (Dade City) Campus, Spring Hill Campus or Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, it is essential to contact Career and Testing Services in New Port Richey to schedule an appointment. The West Campus (New Port Richey) has walk-in testing. You may view the Career and Testing Services page for walk-in hours. Please note: Applicants must bring a receipt indicating the test fee is paid and photo identification.
How much does the TEAS cost?
$50.00. This fee can be paid at any campus College Store. Bring your receipt to the testing center. All fees are subject to change.
Can I study for the TEAS?
There is a study guide available for purchase at all PHSC college stores and at ATItesting.com.
Do I need to bring anything the day I take the TEAS?
Applicants must bring a receipt indicating the test fee is paid and photo identification.
I did poorly on my first attempt on the TEAS. Can I retake it?
The TEAS may be taken three times per calendar year (January– December). Retakes must be at least 30 days apart.
I took the TEAS twice this calendar year. Which score will be used in determining my admission to nursing?
The test scores submitted with the application will be used.
How long can I use my score on the TEAS?
TEAS scores are valid for two years from the date of testing. Retests must be taken at least 30 days apart. Students may submit only one passing TEAS test result per application. Students may take the test three times in a calendar year (January–December). Fourth or subsequent attempts within the calendar year will be invalid.
I applied previously to the nursing program but was not accepted. Am I required to retake the TEAS?
Your score on the TEAS is valid for two years from the date you took the exam. If you are satisfied with your score, you do not need to retake it, as long as it falls within the two year period. Students who took the exam more than two years prior to the date of their application must retake the TEAS.
Do I have to pay to retake the TEAS?
Yes, the fee is the same each time it is attempted.
What is a TABE?
TABE is the Test of Adult Basic Education. Students entering into most technical credit programs are required to complete the TABE. Inquire within the Student Development office for program specifics.
How do I schedule to take the TABE?
There is no appointment necessary to take the TABE test. You may view the Career and Testing Services page for walk-in hours.
How long does the TABE take to complete?
The TABE is timed and takes approximately 1½ to 2 hours to complete.
Is there a fee to take the TABE?
There is no fee for current PHSC students. Non-PHSC students, or students that are not currently enrolled, are required to pay $20.