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Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides help with the most common questions about Palm Beach State College's Dual Enrollment & Early Admission program. If you have additional questions, please email dualenrollment@palmbeachstate.edu.

 

What is the cost to participate in Dual Enrollment?

It is FREE to participate!


Does my student need to either be a resident of Palm Beach County or attend a school located in Palm Beach County?

Yes.


What courses should I take?

Dual enrolled students can take any 3-credit course toward the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree or in the statewide course numbering system that are not limited access as long as the student meets the requirement. Feel free to use the resources below during the course selection process!

Dual Enrollment Approved Courses: comprehensive list of classes participants are eligible to take

Dual Enrollment A.A. General Education Checklist: designed to assist students, counselors and parents in course selection

It is organized by subject area requirement: Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

It focuses on the 36-credit General Education requirements needed for the completion of the 60-credit Associate of Arts needed to transfer to the university.


Where are the DE classes held?

DE students can participate in classes held in person at any of our five campuses (Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Bell Glade, Loxahatchee, and Palm Beach Gardens). Other courses are also offered online (which is fully online with specific deadlines), live online (which are at specific times via video conference) or hybrid (which are partly in person and partly online).


How are dual enrollment courses accommodated into my student’s high school schedule?

Students participating in DE on PBSC campuses sometimes are allowed early release by their high school to accommodate their college course schedule.


Can my student, who is in a magnet, AICE, IB, etc. program at their high school, still dual enroll?

Yes, but they should meet with their high school counselor to discuss best options. Also, please check the credit by exam course table to verify that you do not take a dual enrollment course for which you will already be earning college credit by way of credit by exam: AICE/Cambridge, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, etc.


Will my credits from PBSC transfer to other Florida colleges and universities?

Yes, your credits will be fully transferable within the state of Florida; however, for private or out-o-f-state schools, you should inquire of that school.


Are DE students able to participate in extracurricular activities on the PBSC campus?

Yes, and they are strongly encouraged to! There are many student clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities for DE students to participate in.


If I desire to remain at PBSC after I graduate high school, what do I need to do to become a traditional student?

We would be glad for you to remain a student at PBSC after you’ve met all high school graduation requirements. Please meet with our Admissions/Registration team at the campus of your choosing so we can help you enroll! Make sure you ask about our Finish4Free program!

What is the PERT test?

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is the placement test Florida uses to determine whether students are ready for college-level course work. The PERT consists of three sections: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This is an adaptive test that consists of 30 questions per section. It typically takes three hours to complete.

PERT scores are valid for two years.


What is the ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER is a series of tests that evaluate a students preparedness for college-level courses. Using computer-adaptive technology, students are tested on three areas: mathematics, reading and writing.


What resources are available to help me prepare for the placement test(s)?

View Test Prep Resources


What are the test score requirements?

 ACCUPLACER:

  • Writing/English: 245
  • Reading: 245
  • Math: 242


ACT:

  • Writing/English: 17
  • Reading: 19
  • Math: 19 


SAT:

  • Writing/English: 25
  • Reading: 24
  • Math: 24 

 

PERT: 

  • Writing/English: 103
  • Reading: 106
  • Math: 114 

Placement into higher level math courses are dependent upon score. 

 View Test Score Table

Can I Access My Students Information?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) allows the release of "Directory Information" without the student's prior consent.

This includes dates of attendance, major field of study, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees and awards received, and educational institutions attended.

Access FERPA Release Form

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