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CPT - College Placement Test

Florida College Entry-Level Placement Test Program

About Computerized Placement Tests

Chipola College is in the process of transitioning to the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) as the primary placement test. The PERT is replacing the ACCUPLACER (CPT) battery. The PERT was recently adopted by the State of Florida, and Chipola College will begin administering this new placement test in April 2011 to students seeking admission for Fall 2011. Students who will be entering during either of the two summer sessions should take the CPT for placement in English and math.

The State of Florida requires a placement exam from ACT, SAT-I, or CPT for all students who intend to earn a degree. Test scores must be on file before you register for classes. Test scores used for initial enrollment cannot be more than two years old. Test scores will not be required for non-degree seeking, transient, and transfer students who have completed appropriate English and math courses.

The Computerized Placement Test (CPT) is given in the Testing Center (Bldg. A) throughout the semester. As the name suggests, the student reads the instructions and questions on a computer monitor and selects answers using the computer mouse. If the student answers correctly, the computer selects a question from a large data bank which builds on the skill of the previous correct answer. If the student answers incorrectly, it selects a question of equal or lesser difficulty. CPTs provide information about reading comprehension, English, and algebra skill accomplishments. These tests help to determine the most appropriate courses for each student. The CPT is not timed. Examinees should expect to spend approximately 45 minutes on each subtest.

CPT Practice Tests

 In addition the link to the CPT study guide which is provided on this page, there are many free CPT practice tests available online. Feel free to explore as many of them as you like. Go to and type in Accuplacer Practice.  A free website for additional Accuplacer sample items is

Reading Comprehension Test (20 questions) This test measures your ability to understand what you read. Some questions will ask you to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.

Sentence Skills Test (20 questions) This test measures your understanding of sentence structure - how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions will ask you to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice will be the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.

Elementary Algebra Test (12 questions) This test is divided into three types of questions. The first type measures your ability to understand operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering. The second type, which involves operations with algebraic expressions, tests minimal skill levels using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems.


The fee for the CPT is $5.00 per subtest, or $15.00 for the entire battery, payable to Chipola College at the time of testing. Fees are non-refundable.

Retest Policy

A student must wait for at least 90 days before retaking the CPT or any individual subtest. After a student takes the CPT the second time, he or she must wait two years before testing a third time.

Placement Scores

Score Course Required
Reading: 20-82 REA 0004 College Prep Reading
83-95 REA 1205 Required
96-120 REA 1205 NOT Required
83-120 Eligible for ENC 1101 (if English/Writing requirement met)
English: 20-82 ENC 0004 College Prep Writing
83-120 Eligible for ENC 1101 (if Reading requirement met)
Math: 20-71 MAT 0024 College Prep Algebra
72-120* MAT 1033
72-120** MAC 1105, MAC 1140, MGF 1106

* Plus at least 1 year of high school algebra.
** Plus at least 2 years of high school algebra.

CPT Schedule

The CPT is offered Monday and Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and  Tuesday and Thursday between 8:00 and 5:00 p.m. during Fall and Spring. (The Testing Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during Summer I & II ) No pre-registration is required and you will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.  You must show a photo ID and pay the fee at the Testing Center  (Bldg. A) when you arrive to take the test.

Testing under "special conditions" will be handled individually through the Office of Student Disabilities and the Vice President of Student Affairs .


Last revision: June 16, 2011

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