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Testing Center


The Testing Center administers college admission tests, placement tests, proctored exams, ACT/SAT, GED, CLEP, and DSST (formerly DANTES). The center is open to students of the college, as well as the general public. For more information about the tests offered at the center, please click on the name of the test below. To test at a college location other than Niceville, please select the location in the table below and contact the appropriate location.

Testing Schedule

Testing Center Schedule

South Walton Center

PERT Testing and Other Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Testing center opens at 11:00 a.m.
  • Room 112, Building A
  • Call (850) 200-4160 for more information

Robert L.F. Sikes Center

PERT Testing

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Appointment required, please call (850) 200-4141
  • Computer Lab, Room 141 and Room 142

Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required, please call (850) 200-4141
  • Computer Lab, Room 141 and Room 141

Niceville Main Campus

Niceville’s testing center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 129, Building 410. Appointments are required. To schedule your test, please register via RegisterBlast, or call (850) 729-6016 for more information.

Hurlburt Field Center

Call (850) 200-4190 for more information about testing. All testing is located in Room B, Building 90220. Testing at the Hurlburt Field location is for adults only, and you must have base access to attend a testing session.

PERT Testing

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Preference is given to military service members
  • Base access required


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Base access required

Speech Part II

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Appointment required at the ESO office
  • Base access required

Fort Walton Beach

PERT Testing

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Appointment required
  • Room 422, Building 4
  • Call (850) 863-6508 for more information

DSS Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Call (850) 863-6508 for scheduling and information

Chautauqua Center

PERT Testing

  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. and Thursday 3:00 p.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Testing Room 202, Building 501
  • Call (850) 200-4100 for more information

Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Call Janet Faubel at (850) 200-4103 for more information

PearsonVUE (GED only) Testing

  • First and third Thursdays of each month by appointment
  • To make an appointment, go to, make a MyGED account, and schedule an appointment through your MyGED account.

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Student Responsibilities

Seating is limited and in most cases, tests require an appointment made at least one full business day prior to your desired testing date. With the professor’s permission, testing can be proctored same day by contacting the testing center directly. All testers are required to produce a government issued photo I.D., as well as your Student ID card or have your Student ID number memorized for expedient check-in.

No backpacks, cell phones, purses, food, drink, or other materials are permitted in the testing room.

Always contact your faculty member and the Testing Center immediately if you cannot come to a scheduled exam. Only your faculty member can give permission to take the test later if you miss your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the Testing Center at (850) 729-6016.

Testing Accommodations

Students who are approved for testing accommodations through the Accommodation Resource Center can request a testing appointment at the Niceville campus by registering for an exam via RegisterBlast and selecting ARC – Accommodation Resource Center for the Exam Group. A confirmation email containing your requested appointment day and time will be sent to you within 24 hours.

Space is limited, so students should provide five (5) days advance notice for testing accommodations. Come to the Testing Center, building 410, room 129, on the day and time of your exam.  Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time with ALL materials that your professor allows you to use during the exam.

Available Tests

Available Tests

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are norm-referenced tests designed to measure achievement of basic skills commonly found in adult basic education curricula and taught in instructional programs. The TABE will be administered, free of charge, to NWFSC students who are currently enrolled the Dental Assisting, Radiography, and Welding programs. The TABE will also be administered for students who choose to enroll in the NWFSC Firefighter Basic PSAV program (program code 5095).

There are eight TABE subtests offered: Reading, Language, Language Mechanics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Applied Math, and Math Computation. There are different requirements and combinations of the subtests needed for each examinee depending on their program, agency, or employer.

The TABE is also available for examinees requesting the test for employment consideration or for admission requirements to other institutions. The fee for these examinees is $20.00.

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Northwest Florida State College is a PearsonVue Authorized Test Center. We offer a variety of Information Technology (IT) exams and Professional Licensure and Certification Exams at the Niceville campus. Below is a partial list of exams we can offer:

Information Technology (IT) Exams

  • Comp TIA
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
  • IBM Corporation
  • Linux Professional
  • Microsoft
  • VmWare, Inc.
  • ZTE

Professional Licensure and Certification Exams

  • Excelsior College
  • Florida Department of Education (FTCE/FELE)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (SOCE)
  • Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
  • CDA
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Splunk
  • National Registry for Food Safety Professionals

For a complete list of available exams, please visit Pearson VUE’s website.

What to bring

All students are required to provide a current and valid photo ID on the day of your test. Some tests require more than one ID. Please see the test sponsors guidelines for ID requirements. Examples of acceptable forms of ID include, but are not limited to:

  • Student ID
  • Driver’s License
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID

Students will not be allowed to test without a valid photo ID.

All electronic devices and personal items are prohibited while in the Testing Center and must be stored prior to and during testing. Lockers are provided for this purpose in the test center free of charge. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off before storing them in a locker. The test center is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced personal items.

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

To ensure proper course placement, the Florida Department of Education Rule 6A-10.315 states that “…..first-time-in-college students entering degree programs must be tested prior to initial registration and shall enroll in college preparatory reading, English and/or mathematics courses if their test scores are below college level.” Students with college level SAT or ACT scores that are not older than 2 years may be exempt from taking the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Students who need to take the PERT should take the test soon after submitting an admissions application to Northwest Florida State College. Students who sign an acknowledgment of self-remediation after their previous attempt may retake the PERT after seven (7) days.

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Setting up a Remote Testing Location

Remote testing locations can be set up if you are unable to test at one of our six college locations. To set up a remote testing location at another educational institution, please send the completed PERT Off-Campus Site Request form to [email protected].

For students qualifying for the Florida Senate Bill exemption:

In accordance with Section (s.) 1008.30, Florida Statutes (F.S.):

A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test (PERT) and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test (PERT) and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student’s request.

HESI Admission Assessment

The HESI Admission Assessment is a computer based exam for entrance into NWF State College’s Nursing program.

The five sections that are required for consideration into our nursing program are: Anatomy and Physiology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary/General Knowledge.

Candidates are given four hours to complete the exam and have two opportunities to test during an application cycle. If a student is not satisfied with his or her scores on the first attempt, he or she may retest during the same application cycle.

HESI scores are only good for their correlating cycle and may not be used for any future cycles.

After registering to take the HESI exam, candidates should go to Evolve and create a student account.

Candidates will need to bring their Evolve username and password login information to the testing center on their test day in order to take the exam. The same username and password login for Evolve can be used for re-testing.

Candidates wishing to take the HESI exam for another school are welcome to test with us. Please check with your program director to verify which sections of the HESI are required.

The General Education Development Test (GED) is administered to adult learners looking to achieve their high school equivalency credentials. The test consists of four components:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science

These four components do not have to be taken all at once. They may be taken individually.

Students who wish to take the computer-based GED exam will first create an account on the GED website, and then register to take the exam.

Candidates must be 18 years old to take the GED exam in the state of Florida. The current fee for each subtest is $32.00.

For information on GED prep classes through our Adult Education Department, please call (850) 729-5387.

Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)

The FBAT is an exam that is required for all Northwest Florida State College students who are entering the Law Enforcement or Corrections programs. Students planning to enroll in these programs should contact the Public Safety Department for details: (850) 729-5378. Non-Northwest Florida State College students who are required to take the FBAT for employment consideration with Florida agencies are also eligible to test at the Testing Center.

All Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) will be administered in the Testing Center at the Student Services Center located at the Niceville Campus. Test candidates will have 2.5 hours to complete the FBAT. On the day of the test, you will need to present a photo ID (Florida driver’s license or Florida ID card), and verification of social security number (either social security card or military ID with social security number). Study guides for the FBAT are available at any bookstore. You may also find it helpful to search online for additional resources and practice exams.

The test is administered on a computer and results are available the day of the test. Appointments are required at the Niceville campus for testing and can be made by visiting Register Blast at least 24 hours in advance of your desired test time.

DSST are college level subject exams that allow a student to earn credit for knowledge acquired in non-traditional environments. Currently over 1900 institutions accept passing DSST scores as college credit.

With over 35 exams to choose from in both upper and lower level courses, DSST exams cover the following subject areas: business, humanities, math, science, social studies, and technology.

Students who wish to retest on a DSST exam can do so after 1 month.

For Active Duty Military:

DSST Exams are funded through DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support). Active Duty Military are eligible to sit and take DSST exams for free at Hurlburt AFB.

This is a free one-time opportunity to test per subject. If the tester does not pass on the first attempt, they will have to wait no less than 1 month to retest at the regular price.

Please see Military Base Testing on main page for more information on testing locations and hours.

CLEP exams are a convenient way for students to demonstrate mastery of introductory college-level material in order to earn college credit. There are currently 33 exams to choose from. Please visit College Board’s Exams page for a current list of CLEP exams.

We recommend that students meet with their advisor prior to registering for a CLEP exam to ensure that this is an appropriate option as each institution has their own CLEP policy.

Students who wish to retest for a CLEP exam can do so after 3 months.

How to register to take a CLEP exam:

  1. Go to to register and purchase a ticket for the CLEP exam.
  2. Maintain a copy of your purchased CLEP ticket to bring with you on test day.
  3. Register and pay for an appointment to take the CLEP exam at NWF State College.
  4. Bring a valid government issued ID and the CLEP ticket with you on exam day.

For Active Duty Military

CLEP exams for active duty are funded through DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support). Active Duty Military are eligible to sit and take CLEP exams for free at our Hurlburt AFB testing location.

This is a free one-time opportunity to test per subject, with no sitting or administrative fee. If the tester does not pass on the first attempt, there is a 3-month wait period to retest at the regular price.


Both the ACT and SAT tests are designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work

The ACT has a writing test that is optional at the time you register. The SAT includes a writing test that is not optional. Check with your desired college for admission requirements. Northwest Florida State College does not require the ACT writing test.

Currently, college level scores are as follows:

ACT: Reading 19, Writing 17, Math 19

SAT: Reading 24, Writing 25, Math 24

For detailed information, practice tests, and to register for the ACT or SAT – please visit the ACT and SATwebsites.

ACT/SAT Testing Schedule

For a schedule of upcoming ACT testing dates, please check the ACT testing schedule.

For a schedule of upcoming SAT testing dates, please check the SAT testing schedule.

The Accuplacer’s College Level Math exam (CLM) is used for placing Northwest Florida State College students into the appropriate math course. The students must not have previously taken any college-level math courses and also show requisite placement scores in one of the following:

  • PERT Math: 133
  • ACT Math: 21
  • New SAT Math Score: 26.5
  • Old SAT Math Score: 500

The Accuplacer exam is also available for non-students with a valid voucher from their institution or advisor. Please work with your advisor to request the required placement voucher and schedule a test online.

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Instructor Proctored Exams Submission

Instructors can submit their exam to the Testing Center or to outlying college locations online via RegisterBlast, or by delivering the material personally to the Testing Center with a completed Proctor Form.

If you are a faculty member who has not yet registered with RegisterBlast, please click here to create a secure account.

Submit via RegisterBlastFaculty Proctor Form