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Testing & Assessment Services


Purpose

As a member of the Florida Association of College Testing Administrators (FACTA), NWFSC offers comprehensive testing services for students and the community. We administer college admission tests, placement tests, proctored exams, certification exams, and college-level CLEP and DSST exams.

Scheduling and Testing Requirements

Exams at the Niceville Campus or Crestview center may be registered for via RegisterBlast using the buttons below. For exam availability at our other locations, please contact the center or campus at your desired location.

This page provides an inclusive list of exams, hours and locations. Appointments are required to test and all candidates must provide a valid ID. No backpacks, cell phones, purses, food, drink, or other materials are permitted in the testing room. All testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Placement Tests

Placement tests are used to assess students’ skill levels in core subjects in order to ensure college readiness.

Placement Tests

About the Test

The Accuplacer’s College Level Math exam (CLM) is used for higher level math placement for students enrolling at Northwest Florida State College. Students are allowed one opportunity to test. In order to take the CLM, the student 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 following guide identifies what scores are needed on the Accuplacer (CLM) for enrollment in a higher level math course at NWF State College:

Table showing score range, course number and course name for Accuplacer results. Score range 75-85: MAC1140, Pre-Calc. Algebra; 86-102: MAC1114, Trigonometry; 86-120: MAC2233, Business Calculus; 103-120: MAC2311 (student must have taken Trigonometry with a 'B' or higher to enroll in MAC2311), Calculus 1.

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 voucher and schedule a test online.

Visit Practice and Be Prepared for Accuplacer on the College Board website for help with exam preparation.

Available NWFSC Testing Locations

  • Niceville Campus

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

About the Test

Northwest Florida State College currently uses the PERT for initial course placement. New college students and students interested in taking dual enrollment courses must first complete an online application. Students will not be able to take the PERT test without an active student NWFSC ID number.

The PERT test is an adaptive test, meaning each new question is chosen based on the response to the previous question. It is comprised of three sections: Reading, Writing (English), and Math. There are 30 questions per subtest and the test is untimed.

Additional information on the PERT:

  • The student’s scores determine appropriate course placement
  • On average it takes 1 hour to complete a subtest or 3 hours to sit for the entire test
  • Students will receive a printout of their score(s) upon completion
  • PERT scores are valid for two years
  • Retakes are allowed after seven days and remediation. Effective July 1, 2019, there is a $10 PERT retest fee.

PERT study guide and tests can be found here. Use this guide for help with placement scores.

Exemption Requirements

Students exempt from taking the PERT must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Entered a Florida public or charter high school in the 2003-2004 school year and thereafter and graduated beginning 2007 and thereafter with a Florida standard high school diploma.
  • Are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • Have test scores (ACT, SAT, CPT or PERT) that are less than two years old from date test was taken and scores meet the state-designated minimums for college-level English and Mathematics courses.
  • Have successfully completed college preparatory or developmental education course requirements in English, Reading, and Mathematics.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of college-level English and Mathematics courses from a regionally accredited college or university.

Remote Testing

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

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 consists of 3 sections, Reading, Math and Language and is offered free of charge to NWF students who are currently enrolled in a Career and Technical Certificate Program.

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

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Credit By Exam

These exams allow you to earn college credit for what you already know.

Credit by Exam

Students initially entering a Florida College or University System from the 2018-2019 academic school year and any year thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate. The American Government CLEP Exam with a passing score of 50 can be taken to satisfy this requirement. Instructions on how to take a CLEP exam can be found under the CLEP category.

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 collegeboard.org 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.

Civic Literacy Competency

Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System or State University System institution in the 2018-2019 academic school year and thereafter, each student must demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate pursuant to s. 1007.25(4), Florida Statutes. Students have the option to demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment.

Rule 6A-10.02413 of the State Board of Education defines civic literacy competency as follows:

(1) Successfully passing either POS 2041 American Government or AMH 2020 History of the United States since 1877.
(2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

  • AP Government and Politics: United States
    • Standard Score: 3
    • Offered at NWF: No
  • AP United States History
    • Standard Score: 4
    • Offered at NWF: No
  • CLEP: American Government
    • Standard Score: 50
    • Offered at NWF: Yes

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.

Practice Test Resources

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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 can visit GetCollegeCredit.com for an updated list of DSST exams currently offered.

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.

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Professional Licensure and Certification Exams

These computer-based exams are for professionals seeking creditialing in a specialized area.
We are proud to be an authorized PearsonVUE and Certiport testing center.
Pearson VUECertiport (Pearson Vue Business) Authorized Testing Center

Professional Licensure and Certification Exams

CertiPort Certification Exams

Certiport Authorized Testing Center

CertiPort, a Pearson VUE company, is the current leading provider of certification exams. Current CertiPort exams offered at our testing center include:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Technology Associate
  • Adobe
  • Autodesk
  • Intuit Quickbooks
  • IC3

How to register to take a CertiPort exam:

  1. Go to www.certiport.com to register and purchase an exam voucher.
  2. Register and pay for an appointment to take a CertiPort exam at NWFSC.
  3. Bring a copy of your purchased voucher on test day along with a valid government issued photo ID.

Visit certiport.pearsonvue.com for detailed information on certification exams offered by Certiport.

What to bring

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

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

Candidates 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 Testing Center free of charge. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off before storing them in a locker. The Testing Center is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced personal items.

General Education Development Test (GED)

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.

Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC)

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) is the leading certifying body for the nation’s front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics technicians. MSSC currently has two certification programs, the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) and the Certified Production Technician (CPT).

The CLT program consists of two parts: The foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate Certificate (CLA) and the mid-level technical CLT Certification. Before sitting for the CLT assessment, candidates must have a CLA Certificate.

Visit nocti.org/CertificateProgram to learn more about the MSSC certifications.

For information regarding registration and scheduling an MSSC exam. Please contact the testing center at (850) 729-6016.

Northwest Florida State College is a Pearson Vue 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 currently 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)
  • Statewide Officer Certification Exam (SOCE)
  • Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
  • CDA
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Splunk
  • National Registry for Food Safety Professionals
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • PMI
  • Florida Bureau of Fire Prevention
  • Basic Abilities Test

For a complete list of available exams, please visit Pearson VUE’s website. All candidates taking a Pearson VUE exam must register and pay for their exam through the Pearson VUE website.

What to bring

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

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

CertiPort Certification Exams

Certiport Authorized Testing Center

Certiport, a Pearson VUE company, is the current leading provider of certification exams. Current Certiport exams offered at our testing center include:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Technology Associate
  • Adobe
  • Autodesk
  • Intuit Quickbooks
  • IC3

How to register to take a Certiport exam:

  1. Go to certiport.com to register and purchase an exam voucher.
  2. Register and pay for an appointment to take a Certiport exam at NWF State College.
  3. Bring a copy of your purchased voucher on test day along with a valid government issued photo ID.

Visit certiport.pearsonvue.com for detailed information on certification exams offered by Certiport.

Candidates 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 Testing Center free of charge. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off before storing them in a locker. The Testing Center is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced personal items.

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Program Admission Testing

Program admission testing is required for entry into a college selective admissions program.

Program Admission Testing

The Test of Essential Academic Skills is used to assess student readiness for a profession in the health sciences. It is generally used as part of the admission requirements for nursing or allied health schools. This assessment is not currently used for entrance into any programs at Northwest Florida State College.

For additional test information and prep materials visit www.atitesting.com. Candidates must schedule their test date, pay their sitting fee and also create an ATI account in advance. On the day of the exam, the candidate will purchase their test in the testing center.

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.

Non-Students

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

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Proctoring Services

Proctoring services for certain tests are available for both students, non-students and other third party agencies.

Proctoring Services

Proctoring Services for Other Institutions or Agencies

Northwest Florida State College offers proctoring services for other institutions and agencies. Follow the instructions on the  third party proctor form and schedule an appointment at registerblast.com/nwfsc

Proctored exams for NWFSC students

NWFSC students who need to take a makeup exam and have permission from their professor to test in our testing center must register online at registerblast.com/nwfsc/exam/list. Tests must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Once registered, notify your professor of scheduled day and time. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the test is delivered to the Testing Center by test day. Students should allow for sufficient time to test, as indicated by their professor, in order to complete their exam prior to Test Center closing.

Test administrators strictly adhere to the professor’s instructions and deadline dates. Test administrators are not responsible for transferring classroom materials, homework assignments, projects, etc., from the students to professor and vice versa.

Faculty Resources

NWFSC faculty should submit a Faculty Proctor form for students needing to complete an assignment in a proctored environment.

Faculty members may upload or manage test submissions by logging into RegisterBlast.

 

Northwest Florida State College now offers proctored exams to be taken in our testing center through SmarterProctoring!  Please follow the link below for instructions on how to schedule and pay for an appointment to test at our school.

Scheduling with SmarterProctoring

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 of your exam and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time with ALL materials that your professor allows you to use during the exam.

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College Admissions

The SAT and ACT are nationally recognized standardized tests used for college admissions.

Placement Tests

About the Test

The Accuplacer’s College Level Math exam (CLM) is used for higher level math placement for students enrolling at Northwest Florida State College. Students are allowed one opportunity to test. In order to take the CLM, the student 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 following guide identifies what scores are needed on the Accuplacer (CLM) for enrollment in a higher level math course at NWF State College:

Table showing score range, course number and course name for Accuplacer results. Score range 75-85: MAC1140, Pre-Calc. Algebra; 86-102: MAC1114, Trigonometry; 86-120: MAC2233, Business Calculus; 103-120: MAC2311 (student must have taken Trigonometry with a 'B' or higher to enroll in MAC2311), Calculus 1.

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 voucher and schedule a test online.

Visit Practice and Be Prepared for Accuplacer on the College Board website for help with exam preparation.

Available NWFSC Testing Locations

  • Niceville Campus

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

About the Test

Northwest Florida State College currently uses the PERT for initial course placement. New college students and students interested in taking dual enrollment courses must first complete an online application. Students will not be able to take the PERT test without an active student NWFSC ID number.

The PERT test is an adaptive test, meaning each new question is chosen based on the response to the previous question. It is comprised of three sections: Reading, Writing (English), and Math. There are 30 questions per subtest and the test is untimed.

Additional information on the PERT:

  • The student’s scores determine appropriate course placement
  • On average it takes 1 hour to complete a subtest or 3 hours to sit for the entire test
  • Students will receive a printout of their score(s) upon completion
  • PERT scores are valid for two years
  • Retakes are allowed after seven days and remediation. Effective July 1, 2019, there is a $10 PERT retest fee.

PERT study guide and tests can be found here. Use this guide for help with placement scores.

Exemption Requirements

Students exempt from taking the PERT must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Entered a Florida public or charter high school in the 2003-2004 school year and thereafter and graduated beginning 2007 and thereafter with a Florida standard high school diploma.
  • Are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • Have test scores (ACT, SAT, CPT or PERT) that are less than two years old from date test was taken and scores meet the state-designated minimums for college-level English and Mathematics courses.
  • Have successfully completed college preparatory or developmental education course requirements in English, Reading, and Mathematics.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of college-level English and Mathematics courses from a regionally accredited college or university.

Remote Testing

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

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 consists of 3 sections, Reading, Math and Language and is offered free of charge to NWF students who are currently enrolled in a Career and Technical Certificate Program.

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

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Military Testing Information

This section includes the testing locations for select military education centers in our area.

Military Testing

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 11:30 a.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Preference is given to military service members
  • Base access required and applicable testing fees may apply.

CLEP/DSST

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

Speech Part II

  • Tuesday and Thursday
  • Appointment required
  • Base access required

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Testing Locations & Scheduling Information

NWFSC offers six convenient campuses available for testing, with a variety of tests, days and times.

Testing Center Schedule

Chautauqua Center

908 West Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

The Testing Center located at the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs is open Monday through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (850) 200-4100 to schedule an appointment.

Tests Offered: PERT testing and other Proctored Exams

Fort Walton Beach Campus

The NWFSC Fort Walton Beach Campus is located at 1170 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. Call (850) 729-6016 for more information on available testing.

Hurlburt Field Center

90220 Lukasik Ave., Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 (Room B)

Testing at Hurlburt Field is available on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and is reserved for active duty, veterans and other qualified candidates. Call (850) 200-4190 for more information.

PERT, DSST and CLEP testing is available. No appointment necessary, but base access is required and applicable testing fees may apply.

Niceville Testing Center

Location: 100 College Blvd E, Niceville, FL 32578 Bldg 410 Room 129.

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.

Robert L.F. Sikes Center (Crestview)

Location: 805 East James Lee Blvd (U.S. Highway 90) Crestview, Fl 32539

The Sikes Center is open for testing Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Appointments are required. To schedule a test, please visit Crestview’s RegisterBlast site or call (850) 200-4141 for more information.

Tests Offered: PERT testing, HESI, and other Proctored Exams

South Walton Center

The South Walton Center is located at 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. The Testing Center is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call to schedule an appointment at (850) 200-4160.

PERT Testing and Other Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Room 112, Building A

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