Career and Testing Services

Do low scores on a placement test stop me from attending PHSC?

No, low scores do not block your admission to PHSC. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.

How are placement tests administered?

The PERT is administered via computer. Students read all instructions and questions on the computer screen and mark their answers using the... read more

How do I schedule to take the placement test?

Details regarding when placement testing is available, as well as online scheduling, can be found on the Career and Testing Center web page.

How long are test scores acceptable?

Test scores are acceptable for two years after the initial testing date.

How many times may I re-take the placement test?

Degree seeking students may take the PERT a total of two times.

Is placement testing required for transient students taking classes at PHSC?

No placement test is required, but transient students must submit the appropriate transient student registration form from their home college.

Is the placement test timed?

No, it is not a timed test. Students may take as long as they need to finish.

Is there a fee for the placement test?

There is no fee for first-time test takers with a paid application on file. The placement test may be repeated with a $5 retake fee.

Is there anyone exempt from placement testing?

Transfer students who have successfully completed college-level English and college-level math/algebra may be exempt. Some Florida high school and... read more

May I use a calculator on the placement test?

No. Please do not bring calculators, textbooks, paper, notebooks, dictionaries, or thesauri to the test. An electronic writing board will be... read more

What if I score below the minimum required score on the placement test?

Students who score below the minimum levels are required to take preparatory developmental classes in the areas in which their scores were low in... read more

What if I score below the minimum required score on the SAT or ACT?

Students who score below minimum levels on those tests are required to take preparatory developmental classes in the areas in which their scores... read more

What is a placement test?

The tests required depend on the program you want to take. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.

What is the ACT?

The ACT is a test from American College Testing headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. The ACT consists of four sections: English, math, reading, and... read more

What is the CPT?

The CPT is the College Placement Test. It was formerly administered for placement purposes. It has now been replaced by the PERT.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test given through the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. The SAT consists of three sections: critical... read more

What must I bring with me to the placement test?

You must bring an official photo ID, such as a Florida driver’s license, and your student ID number.

What scores are required on the ACT and/or SAT for admission to PHSC?

Even though the ACT and SAT are accepted as entrance exams, there are no qualifying scores for admission since PHSC has an open admissions policy... read more

What scores are required on the placement test?

There are no qualifying scores for admission since PHSC has an open admissions policy and denies admittance to no one due to test scores. However... read more

What scores from the placement test are reported?

Placement test scores are reported for reading, English, and math.

What tests are required for a technical program?

The TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is required for almost all technical programs.

What tests are required for an AA and AS?

An Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree requires the ACT, SAT, CPT or PERT test scores that are less than two years old at date of... read more

What tests do I need to take for enrollment?

The tests required depend on the program you want to take. Some Florida high school and active military students may be exempt from testing.

Where is Career and Testing Services?

Career and Testing Services is located in building B221 on the New Port Richey campus, in building A151 on the Dade City campus, in A248 in... read more

Which students usually take the ACT or SAT?

Only degree-seeking students typically take these tests.

CJBAT

How do I schedule to take the CJBAT?

The CJBAT is scheduled online.

Is there a fee for the CJBAT?

Yes. There is a $50 fee for PHSC students and a $55 fee for non-PHSC students.

Is there a fee for the CJBAT?

Yes. There is a $50 fee for PHSC students and a $55 fee for non-PHSC students.

What is the Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)?

The CJBAT Basic Abilities Test (BAT) designed by I/O Solutions. It is required for those who are interested in a career in law enforcement or... read more

When do I receive my CJBAT test results?

You will receive your results upon completion of the test. Passing scores for PHSC’s academies are 79 for law enforcement and 72 for corrections... read more

CLEP

What is the CLEP?

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country.

When is the CLEP offered?

The CLEP is offered at Career and Testing Services at the West Campus in New Port Richey on an appointment-only basis. There is a $100 fee for... read more

Why would a student take the CLEP?

Students who wish to gain college credit by taking an exam can try the CLEP because they could obtain credit, placement, and exemption by... read more

E-learning

Can I obtain my degree online?

PHSC offers the Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Nursing degrees and some certificate programs online. Please see an advisor for more information... read more

How do I login to myPHSC?

On the myPHSC home page, the box labeled “How do I logon?” includes detailed instructions for determining your username and password. Please... read more

What are e-learning courses?

E-learning courses are classes that either do not require a student to attend classes on campus or may require a small number of class meetings.... read more

What are hybrid courses?

Hybrid courses are classes that blend online and face-to-face delivery.

What are web-enhanced courses?

Web-enhanced courses are on-campus courses where the instructor uses myPHSC or the web to supplement their instruction. It can include online... read more

Internship

Do I receive college credit for an internship?

Yes. See each internship course description for the number of credits.

How do I sign up for this opportunity?
Ensure that you meet the prerequisite requirements for the internship course you are considering. Complete an Internship Request form in Career... read more
What internship opportunities are available?

PHSC offers several internships. Contact your advisor to determine if a course is a requirement for your program of study.

What is an internship?

A paid or unpaid work site experience where students work for an employer or agency and are supervised in conjunction with a college instructor.... read more

PERT

What is the PERT?

The PERT is the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test given through PHSC Career and Testing Services on the West Campus in New Port Richey or the... read more

Who must take the PERT?

Students who intend to enter degree or college credit certificate programs are required to complete the PERT. Other programs may also apply.... read more

TABE

How do I schedule to take the TABE?

Details regarding when TABE testing is available, as well as online scheduling, can be found on the Career and Testing Center web page.

How long does the TABE take to complete?

The TABE is timed and takes approximately 1½ to 2 hours to complete.

Is there a fee to take the TABE?

There is no fee for current PHSC students. Non-PHSC students, or students that are not currently enrolled, are required to pay $20.

What is a TABE?

TABE is the Test of Adult Basic Education. Students entering into most technical credit programs are required to complete the TABE. Inquire within... read more

TEAS

Can I study for the TEAS?

There is a study guide available for purchase at all PHSC college stores and at ATItesting.com.

Do I have to pay to retake the TEAS?

Yes, the fee is the same each time it is attempted.

Do I need to bring anything the day I take the TEAS?

Applicants must bring a receipt indicating the test fee is paid and photo identification.

How do I schedule to take the TEAS?

The TEAS is scheduled online.

How long can I use my score on the TEAS?

TEAS scores are valid for two years from the date of testing. Retests must be taken at least 30 days apart. Students may submit only one (1)... read more

How long is the TEAS?

The maximum time allotted is three and one-half hours.

How much does the TEAS cost?

$50.00. This fee can be paid at any campus College Store. Bring your receipt to the testing center. All fees are subject to change.

I applied previously to the nursing program but was not accepted. Am I required to retake the TEAS?

Your score on the TEAS is valid for two years from the date you took the exam. If you are satisfied with your score, you do not need to retake it... read more

I did poorly on my first attempt on the TEAS. Can I retake it?

The TEAS may be taken three times per calendar year (January– December). Retakes must be at least 30 days apart.

What is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?

The TEAS is a national, standardized exam created by ATI that is used for nursing admission. It measures math, reading comprehension, English and... read more