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Step Ahead Program

Contact Information
Jim Wohlpart, Ph.D.
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University

Phone: (239) 590-1094
Email: wohlpart@fgcu.edu

 

College Placement Test (CPT)

 
 

The State Board of Education (SBOE) requires that students take remedial courses in English, math, and reading if their ACT or SAT scores fall below the state-determined cutoff levels. The Step Ahead Program has been developed specifically for students who do not meet the SBOE cutoff requirements in math. One requirement for completion of the Step Ahead Program is for students to take an Elementary Algebra test upon completion of the Math Workshop in Summer B session. The test is called ACCUPLACER and was designed by the College Board. Listed below are Q&A's to help you understand your testing requirement:

 

IS THIS A PAPER TEST OR COMPUTER-BASED TEST?

This is a computer-based test.

HOW LONG IS THE TEST AND HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR IT?

The test is UNTIMED and contains 12 multiple-choice math problems.  Most students take about 30 minutes on the test. You will prepare for this test by completing all coursework in the summer Math Workshop and by participating in all activities in the Center for Academic Achievement.

There are sample questions for you to view at: http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/advising/mathtest.htm

CAN I USE A CALCULATOR?

No. Calculators are not permitted. You will be provided with scrap paper and pencil at the Testing Center.

WHERE CAN I TAKE THIS TEST?

You will take this test at the end of the Math Workshop as a final exam; your instructor will schedule a time for you to take this test with your Math Workshop class.

IS THERE A CHARGE/FEE FOR THE TEST?

Yes. Your testing fee is included

in your two-day Eagle

View Orientation fee.

SCORING

  • The highest score that can be earned on the test is 120.

  • Students who achieve a score of 90 or higher will be prepared for a General Education math and, if they have successfully completed all other elements of the Step Ahead program, will be eligible for registration at FGCU in the fall.

  • Students who achieve a score between 72 and 89 will meet the State Board of Education requirements for their remediation. If these students have successfully completed all other elements of the Step Ahead program they will be eligible for registration at FGCU in the fall, though they will need to complete Intermediate Algebra before moving on to General Education math classes.

  • Students who score below 72 will not have met the State Board of Education requirements and will not successfully complete the Step Ahead program. Students who do not achieve a score of 72 or higher will not be eligible for registration at FGCU in the fall semester.