Placement Exams

The PERT is the college placement test for Palm Beach State College students. It is comprised of three sections: Reading, Writing Skills (English) and Math. There are 30 questions per placement sub-test. The PERT is an untimed test but each test section should be completed within the same school day.

Students may not retake the PERT on the same day and remediation is required prior to the 3rd attempt. The testing fee must be paid for each retake. Printed proof of remediation must be presented to the Test Center staff.

Acceptable remediation sites:

Students required to take the LOEP must take the LOEP before taking the PERT a second time.

Students currently enrolled in developmental courses cannot retest in the same subject area until the end of the current term.

After the 3rd attempt, students cannot retake the PERT until the scores have expired. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

Non-Palm Beach State students planning to attend another school can take the PERT College Placement Test at a Palm Beach State Campus Test Center. A completed non-credit application is required and should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. A test fee is required in the Cashiers Office prior to taking the test.

This LOEP is a test of English proficiency.

International students whose native language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in speaking, writing and understanding the English language by submitting passing scores on one of the following tests: LOEP or TOFEL.

Palm Beach State College testing centers offer the LOEP on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.

Students should check with the Office of Admissions or Academic Advising to determine if this test is needed.

After taking the LOEP test, students should see an Academic Advisor.

Sample LOEP Questions

The College Level Math test measures students’ ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are six content areas measured on this test:

  1. Algebraic Operations – simplification of rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  2. Solutions of Equations and Inequalities – the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and other algebraic equations.
  3. Coordinate Geometry – plan geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  4. Applications and other Topics – complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, factorials, and word problems.
  5. Functions – polynomial, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  6. Trigonometry – trigonometric functions

There are 20 questions on this test and scores can be used to place students into intermediate algebra, college algebra, pre-calculus, and introductory calculus course.

The TABE is required for specific Palm Beach State programs.

Prior to testing, students should check with an Advisor or Program Manager to determine the level and form of the TABE test required for their program of choice.

Students must wait thirty days before retaking the TABE, unless they provide proof of successful remediation from the VPI (Vocational Preparatory Instruction) Lab, located on the Lake Worth campus.

If you are taking the TABE for an outside institution, you need to know the following before coming to a PBSC Testing Center.

  • Do you need the Survey or Complete Battery?
  • Do you need the Level A or Level D?
  • Do you need Spelling?

The Survey exam takes approximately 1 hr and 30 minutes.
The Complete Battery takes approximately 3 hrs and 30 minutes.

Classroom Exams

Attention All Test Candidates!
You should allow enough time to complete your test, per the instructor's stated test time, before the Test Center closes for the day. For example: If the instructor has allotted two hours for a test, the student should be seated in the Test Center by 5:00 PM if closing time is 7:00 PM.

A Palm Beach State student who has missed a regularly schedule classroom test may be required to take a make-up test. The decision to allow the make-up test is the instructor's.

Make-up tests are administered during regular operating hours of the Testing Centers. Students should allow the full amount of time allocated for the test plus an additional 15 minutes for setup prior to Test Center closing. Students arriving too late will be required to sign a waiver form.

It is up to the student to make the appropriate arrangements for the test. No appointment is necessary.

Student responsibilities for testing at Palm Beach State College

Palm Beach State College Distance Learning tests are given on a walk-in basis during regular test center hours of operation. Distance Learning students may take an exam at the Test Center of their choice, provided the instructor has submitted the exam with instructions to the Testing Center. Generally, there is no fee, unless a test is taken as a make-up. When the test is a make-up online test, the fee is $5.00 per test.

Students should allow the full amount of time allocated for the test plus an additional 15 minutes for setup prior to Test Center closing. Students arriving too late will be required to sign a waiver form.

These tests are available at all campuses.

Student responsibilities for testing at Palm Beach State College

Procedures for Administering Tests for Other Institutions
Another institution may utilize the Test Centers at Palm Beach State College for test proctoring services, at the discretion of the Test Center Manager. Check each campus for availability and required guidelines for proctoring services.
Please note, if the institution is outside the state of Florida, the Lake Worth Testing Center only proctors online exams.

Fee for proctoring services: $60.00 per test. Fee is to be paid at the campus cashier's office, by the student or institution.

Please note: The test centers cannot submit course assignments between students and their professor. We offer test proctoring services, only.

Testing instructions should include:

  • Start and end date for test taking.
  • Resources, to be used…calculator, notes, etc, if any.
  • Time limit for test.
  • A form to be completed and signed by the test proctor should accompany the test.
  • Return, stamped envelope: to return completed exam to college, university or institution.

NOTE: Student must have full allotted time for testing prior to closing. For example: If a test is two hours long as indicated by the Professor, then the student must be seated two hours prior to closing. No waivers of time are permitted

To arrange proctoring services a student, college, university or institution should contact a Palm Beach State test center to request the test proctor's name and contact information and days available for proctoring services.

A prospective Palm Beach State College Distance Learning student needing to take the PERT College Placement Test from another location needs to contact a Palm Beach State College Test Center for information.

Student should arrive at the test center with appropriate photo ID:

  • Drivers license with Photo
  • State, County, or municipality issued ID with Photo
  • Federal government issued ID with Photo including current Military ID
  • Current Alien Registration Card (Green Card) with Photo
  • Current Passport with a recent Photo


A Palm Beach State Student ID number is required for Correspondence Testing:

Prior Learning Exams

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is available at the Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, and Palm Beach Gardens campuses. CLEP is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they know, regardless of where they gained knowledge. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States.

Palm Beach State College DOES NOT administer the College Composition MODULAR exam.


CLEP ID REQUIREMENTS  

ID option for Home-schoolers: If you do not have the required government issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present the appropriate ID, you will not be tested.

Obtain the Student ID form

NEW: Funding for CLEP Exams extended to eligible military veterans. You can receive full reimbursement for a CLEP exam and administration fees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Palm Beach State students are required to see an Academic Advisor to determine if a CLEP exam is accepted for their area of study. Students are responsible for selecting the correct CLEP exam.

Procedure for candidates/students who are interested in taking a CLEP exam for advanced credit:

  • CLEP exams are available to candidates at all Palm Beach State Test Center locations.
  • There is a $45.00 (per test) Palm Beach State registration fee, payable to Palm Beach State College. Payment Instructions.
  • Students must register at CLEP Registration Website and pay $85.00 by credit/debit card for each CLEP exam. For directions on how to register on the CLEP website, view the CLEP Exam Registration Tutorial.
  • Seating is limited on all campuses.
  • Candidates can take exam(s) by appointment only at the Belle Glade, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens campuses.
  • The CLEP is administered on a walk-in basis at the Lake Worth Campus only - an appointment is NOT NECESSARY. Call the morning you would like to take the test to determine seating availability.
  • Candidates must bring their CLEP Test Voucher and PBSC receipt to the Testing Center on the day of testing.

If you do not have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number, a non-credit online application must be completed to generate the Student ID number. To complete an online non-credit application, view available testing schedules, and to register for a CLEP appointment go to Schedule a Test Appointment.

NOTE:     Students should allow 15 minutes for registration and exam setup at the Testing Centers. Seating is limited at all Palm Beach State locations.

CLEP Exam Descriptions & Study Guides

Certain courses offered at Palm Beach State College are eligible for earned credit through a challenge examination. If the student achieves a passing score on the examination, credit or hours will be awarded to the student's transcript.

Challenge Exams are administered on a walk-in basis at the Lake Worth campus only. The exams are administered Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. No appointment is necessary.

Exams are not immediately scored. Results should be available within 24 hours.

For information about exams offered and to download the Challenge Exam form, visit the Prior Learning webpage.

Public Safety Exams

The CJBAT was developed to assess minimum competencies for those individuals wishing to enroll in Florida's Commission-certified training centers. Palm Beach State College offers the CJBAT test for Law Enforcement and Corrections. Each test includes the same basic abilities, but they are customized for each criminal justice discipline.

Tests are administered at the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses only.
Please refer to the following links for specific testing information:

Belle Glade campus Test Information

Lake Worth campus Test Information

Study Guide for the CJBAT exam

National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI)

The NFSI test is required for entry into the following PBSC programs:

  • EMT
    • ALL applicants are required to take the NFSI within one year of the application deadline date and score at least a 75% in order to be considered for selection.
    • Candidates must wait a period of 30 days before retaking the NFSI exam.

 

  • Paramedic
    • ALL applicants are required to take the NFSI within one year of the application deadline date and score at least a 75% in order to be considered for selection.
    • Candidates must be a certified Florida EMT or eligible for the Florida EMT exam.
    • Candidates must wait a period of 30 days before retaking the NFSI exam.

  

  • Firefighter
    • ALL candidates are required to take the NFSI within two (2) years of the application deadline
    • A passing score is at least a 75%
    • Candidates must wait a period of 30 days before retaking the NFSI exam.

For test times, refer to the specific tests schedules for each campus located at Testing Center homepage.

The Palm Beach State Lake Worth book store will have study guides in stock, and you can go to I/O Solutions for additional information concerning the exam.

The Integrity Inventory (I2)TM is a national entry-level selection tool specifically developed for the public safety sector.

Candidates for the Criminal Justice Academy who successfully pass the CJBAT exam are required to take the I^2 exam. An integrity test is a specific type of personality test designed to assess an applicant's tendency to be honest, trustworthy, and dependable.

Nursing Exams

Elsevier RN Admissions Assessment 'A2'

  • This is a Pre-Admission computer based test required for application to Palm Beach State's Registered Nursing Program.
  • A scheduled appointment is required to take the HESI A2 at the Belle Glade, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens campuses.
  • Test appointments on these campuses will be available on specific dates during each semester.
  • Please check the Test Center Appointment page for testing availability on the Belle Glade, Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens campus.
  • The HESI A2 is administered on a walk-in basis at the Lake Worth Testing Center. No appointments are necessary.
  • Speak to an Academic Advisor or the Nursing department for more information, if needed.

HESI A2 Student Instructions

1. How to pay for the HESI A2 test:

  • Payment may be made in person at a Palm Beach State College Cashier's Office or online via your PantherWeb account. Receipt must be presented to the test center on day of testing. No exceptions. The $60.00 fee is non-refundable.
  • Check the Cashier's office hours of operations prior to traveling to campus.
  • If paying online via PantherWeb, follow the instructions located here. How to Pay Test Fees Online

2. Create a Student Evolve Account:

  • Test applicants are required to set up an Evolve account with the vendor, Elsevier.
  • Setting up the account allows students to access the HESI A2 test once they arrive in the Testing Center.
  • You should only create one Student Evolve account through Elsevier. If you information changes, update your account.
  • You will need an active Palm Beach State College student email account to register. BE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNT IS SET UP!
  • Go to the Evolve Website
  • Go to the upper right corner and click on 'Log in'
  • Login/Register as a "New User"
  • Enter all required information to create a new account
  • Be sure to use your Palm Beach State College student email address
  • Be sure to enter your Palm Beach State College Student ID in the optional student ID field
  • An email with your user name and password will be sent to your student email account.
  • This email will need to be printed and brought with you at the time of your test appointment

 Students without an active Student Evolve Account will not be eligible to test

3. Register for a HESI A2 Testing Appointment at Palm Beach State College

  • The HESI A2 test may be taken every 61 days but not more than 3 times per calendar year
  • If you register for the HESI A2 test within the same period of time, on more than one campus, the appointment system will notify the test center that you have already registered on another PBSC campus. Consequently, the appointment(s) will be canceled

       Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens Test Centers ONLY

  • Complete the online appointment process at Schedule a Test Appointment.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your appointment has been made.
  • This email will need to be printed and brought to the test center on the day of testing

      Please note there will be a limited number of available appointment slots.

      Belle Glade Campus Testing Center ONLY

  • Complete the online registration process at Schedule a Test Appointment.
  • Return the email confirmation either by fax (561) 993-1170, or in person to the Belle Glade Testing Center in CRA 115.
  • A response will be sent to you within 2 business days.
  • Questions can be emailed to westtesting@palmbeachstate.edu

     Please note there will be a limited number of available appointment slots.

       Lake Worth Testing Center ONLY

  • The HESI is given on a walk-in basis - no appointment is necessary. Please arrive between 8am and 2pm Monday through Thursday or between 8am and 11am on Friday. (The HESI A2 is not administered on Friday during the summer semester).

      Please note there may be a limited number of available seats. 

4.   Accommodation requests:

  • You are required to contact the Disability Support Service Managers (on the campus where you will be taking the test) a minimum of two weeks prior to your testing date to request accommodations.
  • The request needs to be made after you have made your appointment for testing. www.palmbeachstate.edu/Disability

5.   Study guides and websites:

The Palm Beach State College Nursing Department determines if these tests are needed and permission from the Nursing Department is required prior to testing. Once approval is obtained, follow the information at the link below to register and pay for the exam(s). These exams are administered at the Lake Worth Campus only.

NLN Student Registration Information

NLN ACE I - Foundations of Nursing   NLN ACE I Exam Dates
This is a pre-admission exam for students who are licensed as LPNs or Paramedics. If qualified, a student can advance into the RN program by skipping one semester.

The NLN ACE exam covers the Fundamentals of Nursing, which is the focus of PBSC’s Semester One of nursing. The exam is timed for 3 ½ hours and there are approximately 185 questions. A transition student will need a score of 75% or higher to advance place into Semester Two of the RN program.

NLN ACE II - Nursing Care of Childbearing Family  NLN ACE II Exam Dates
This is a pre-admission exam for individuals who are current or past RN students. These students must have successfully passed Semester Three but were not successful in Semester Four of nursing. The student MUST pass both the NLN ACE I and the NLN ACE II exams in order to return to Semester Four. By passing both exams the student can skip Semesters One, Two and Three.

The NLN ACE II exam covers Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Care of Child which is the focus of PBSC’s Semester Three of nursing. This exam is only for nursing students who have failed the Semester Four of the RN program. This exam is timed for approximately 1 ½ hours and there are approximately 100 questions. A student will need a score of 75% or higher to advance place into Semester Four of the RN program.

If the student is unsuccessful with NLN ACE I and or NLN ACE II, the student will have to start from the beginning with Semester One of the RN program.

The TEAS test is no longer administered for entrance into any Palm Beach State College program. If you are taking the TEAS for another institution, it is only administered on the Boca Raton campus. Contact the Boca Testing Center at 561-862-4324 for details.

Directions For Testing
The TEAS cannot be administered without the following information:

  • You MUST have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number.
    • If you do not have a PBSC Student ID, you may obtain one by completing a no-charge non-credit application. Record your PBSC Student ID number and your PBSC email address.
  • Examinees need to set up an account with ATI, the testing vendor.
  • Go to www.atitesting.com
  • Click on 'Create an Account'
  • Complete the information on the ATI site
  • Please use your Palm Beach State email - provided when you applied for a Student ID number.
  • Choose Palm Beach State College as your Institution
  • Enter your Palm Beach State Student ID number
  • You are required to bring your username and password to the test center.
  • Please note you will not be able to test without the username and password

 TEAS Facts

  • TEAS is 3.5 hours
  • Four sections: Reading, Math, English, Science
  • Total of 170 questions
  • No Calculator permitted for the Math section; only scratch paper

Pearson Vue Certification Exams

All individuals seeking Florida certification as a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer must first pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Under the provisions of Florida Statute 943.1397 individuals have three attempts in a 12 month period to pass the SOCE.

Please certify that you have met the following requirements:

  • Met the Minimum Qualifications established in Florida Statutes 943.13
  • Passed the Basic Abilities Test (BAT)
  • Completed the Basic Recruit or Cross Over Training program at a Commission-certified training school
  • Paid the SOCE fee of by registering online at Pearson Vue using a debit or credit card
  • Signed the Pearson Vue Candidate Rules Agreement

The SOCE is only administered at the Lake Worth Campus. You must have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number. If you have never attended PBSC, you can obtain a PBSC Student ID number by completing a no-charge Non-Credit Application at the following site PBSC Non-Credit Application

Individuals seeking a license in one of the following disciplines must take a Florida Bureau of Fire Prevention exam. 

Contractor I

Contractor II

Contractor III

Contractor IV

Contractor V

Portable Extinguisher Licensee

Portable Extinguisher Permittee

Pre-Engineered System Licensee

Pre-Engineered System Permittee

 

 

Individuals seeking a license in one of the following disciplines must take the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards & Training exam.

BSFT Live Fire Instructor I

Fire and Life Safety Educator

Fire Investigator I

Firefighter II

Hazardous Materials Technician

Fire Officer I

Instructor I

Instructor II

Fire Safety Inspector

Special Firesafety Inspector

Pump Operator

Hazardous Material Awareness & Operations

 

Please ensure that you have completed the following requirements:

   Registered online and paid the associated exam fee via debit or credit card

   Signed the Pearson Vue Candidate Rules Agreement

The FIRE exams are only administered at the Lake Worth Campus. You must have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number. If you have never attended PBSC, you can obtain a PBSC Student ID number by completing a no-charge Non-Credit Application at the following site PBSC Non-Credit Application

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians determines which candidates are authorized to take the NREMT exam and sends that information to Pearson VUE for each authorized candidate. The records specify which exam a candidate has been authorized to take and the time period during which he or she can take the exam; a candidate cannot register/schedule with Pearson Vue unless he or she has authorization from NREMT.

All payments for exam fees are handled through NREMT.

Appointments are scheduled through the Pearson Vue website.

Identification Requirements: Two (2) forms of ID are required. The Primary ID must be a valid government issued photo ID with signature. The Secondary ID may be any valid (unexpired) ID with a visible name and signature.

Please ensure that you have read the Pearson Vue Candidate Rules Agreement.

The NREMT exams are only administered at the Lake Worth campus.

You must have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number. If you have never attended PBSC, you can obtain a PBSC Student ID number by completing a no-charge Non-Credit Application at the following site PBSC Non-Credit Application

The Testing Center at the Lake Worth campus offers the CompTIA, Cisco and EC Council certifications on site.  View the links below for more information.

Cisco – Sit for your Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam at the PBSC Lake Worth Testing Center.  Schedule your CCNA exam.

CompTIA - CompTIA Security+ certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.Schedule your Security+ exam.

EC-Council – Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) has become the fastest growing certification in the security industry.Schedule your CEH exam.

Automotive & Contractor Certification Exams

The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exam is a computer based exam with between 40 and 75 scored, multiple-choice questions measuring your knowledge in various content areas. The test questions focus on practical problems you would encountered in day-to-day work situations.

Registration Information
Please register and pay for the ASE exam on the ASE website or by phone with Prometric at 1-877-346-9327. You will receive an 11 digit ASE ID/Eligibility code.

Palm Beach State College Student ID
If you do not have a Palm Beach State College Student ID number, a no-charge non-credit online application must be completed to generate the Student ID number. To complete the application go to Non-Credit Application. Record the Student ID number and remember the password you created.

Schedule an ASE Test Appointment
The ASE exam is available at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton campuses. To view available testing schedules and to register for an ASE appointment go to Schedule a Test Appointment. You will use the generated PBSC Student ID number and the password you create to log into the Appointment Scheduler.

There are 3 types of appointments:

  • ASE - 1 hour appointment - for candidates taking an exam with a time limit of 1 hour or less
  • ASE - 2 hour appointment - for candidates taking an exam with a time limit greater than 1 hour
  • ASE - Advanced Exams - for candidates taking the L1, L2, L3, L1R or L2R exams

When scheduling a test appointment, enter your ASE ID/Eligibility code and Test Code in the field provided.
One test per appointment time slot.  Example: ASE-2345-7891  A6

Day of Testing
When you arrive at the PBSC Testing Center on the day of the test, you will be required to provide your ASE ID/Eligibility code and one form of non-expired, government-issued, photo- and signature-bearing primary ID - such as a driver's license, military ID card, state ID card, passport, etc.

PBSC PantherCards are not an acceptable form of ID.
Exception: School IDs from a high school or trade school without a signature are acceptable forms of ID, but the ID must bear a photo.

The Lake Worth Testing Center provides Prov contractor licensing exams for Palm Beach County. To be eligible for testing, you must first contact the appropriate Palm Beach County board to receive approval for testing.  Once approved, contact Prov toll free at 866-720-7768 to schedule a testing appointment. Prov scheduling staff is available 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Candidates should be prepared to provide scheduling staff with their name, Candidate ID, and their ZIP code.

All tests are open book and are timed. When you apply for your test, you will be provided detailed information about each test you are required to take for licensure. The information will describe the content of the test as well as provide information regarding study materials.

Retest Policy
Failed examinations can be retaken according to local licensing jurisdiction rules. Candidates cannot retake an exam once they have passed that exam unless required by their jurisdiction. Before rescheduling another exam attempt, candidates must be reapproved by the licensing jurisdiction.

Cancel/Reschedule Policy
If candidates need to change or cancel their testing appointment, they must contact Prov at least five business days prior to their scheduled date. Changes will be made at no cost if candidates notify Prov by the deadline. If candidates fail to appear for their test or fail to cancel or reschedule their testing session by the close of business five days prior to their scheduled test date, they will forfeit their exam fees and should contact their licensing board for further instructions.

 

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