Basic Skills Assessment

  • The Florida Legislature mandates that each student enrolled in a certificate/diploma program must meet the required minimum academic skills levels in mathematics, language, and reading in order to receive a Certificate of Completion or an Applied Technology Diploma. The statute requires that all students be assessed before or within the first six weeks of enrollment in a career education program. Charlotte Technical College strongly recommends that an assessment be done before registering for a career education program. Standard assessment tools include ACT, SAT, CASAS Goals 900, and the TABE.  This score is used to determine which programs you are currently prepared to enter or to identify areas in which you may need to improve.

    • Test scores must be no more than two years old at the beginning of a student’s program. The Basic Skills Assessment is given by the Technical Colleges for a nominal charge.
    • If a student has previously earned an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution or has recently graduated from a Florida public school with a standard high school diploma, basic skills testing may not be required.
    • By providing all post-high school educational transcripts to the admissions staff, the need for basic skills assessment can be determined. A counselor will review the basic skills assessments or documentation at the time of registration.

    Need to know where to start? See the Basic Skills CTC Process (Click for information)

    Do you still have questions about the Basic Skills Test? See the Frequently Asked Questions (click for information)

    Basic Skills Requirements

    Acceptable Test Scores (Must be dated within 2 years of enrollment)

    Program Name



    Grade/TABE Scale Score


    (Reading Language Arts)

    Grade/TABE Scale Score

    Applied Cyber Security 9/226 9/239
    Automotive Service Technology I & II 10/231 9/239
    Aviation Airframe Mechanics 10/231 9/239
    Baking and Pastry Arts 9/226 9/239
    Cosmetology 8/222 8/235
    Dental Assisting 10/231 10/244
    Digital Design I & II 9/226 9/239
    Early Childhood Education 9/226 9/239
    Enterprise Desktop & Mobile Support Technology 10/231 10/244
    Enterprise Network and Server Support Technology 10/231 10/244
    Firefighter/EMTCombined 10/231 10/244
    Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, & Refrigeration 10/231 9/239
    Medical Assisting 10/231 10/244
    Practical Nursing 11/231 11/249
    Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality 9/226 9/239


      SAT ACT Next Gen. Accuplacer PERT TABE
    Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading
    11 24 19 245 106 617
    10         597
    9         576
    8         563
    Math Math Math Math Math Math
    11 24 19 242 114 657
    10         627
    9         596
    8         577
    Language Writing English Writing Writing Language
    11 225 17 245 103 631
    10         608
    9         584


    Specific scores are required for application to certain programs or in order to successfully complete a program (see individual program pages). In an effort to avoid overwhelming students enrolled in career classes, we recommend that students complete testing and upgrading prior to career enrollment.

    You may not be required to take the basic skills test if you attended a Florida public high school all 4 years and graduated from a Florida public high school in 2007 or later with a standard diploma, passed the GED 2014, if you are active-duty U.S. military, or you have earned a college degree. Meet with the student services to see if you qualify for the exemption.

    Please visit our school store and pay the $20 testing fee on the day of testing. Bring your receipt to the testing center.

    Please call 941-255-7500 ext. 1744 to schedule your test.

    Testing starts at 8:30 am.


    Basic Skills Test Skills Remediation

    Remediation for career classes requires enrollment in the Adult Career Center.

    • The cost is $45 per semester – you must register in the front office with an Admissions Specialist.
    • Instruction is individualized per each student’s results.
    • Adult Career Center phone number is 941-255-7555.
    • Re-testing is allowed after 60 hours of remediation.
    • Tuesdays at 10:45 am - Please call 941-255-7500 to schedule.