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)
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.