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Developmental Education Exemption

Recent legislative revisions to section 1008.30, Florida Statutes, may apply to you and your requirements for placement testing and developmental education enrollment.  Please read the following information carefully to see if you are eligible to meet the new exemption.
  •  Public high school graduates (from Florida public schools).  Any student who entered grade nine (9) in a Florida public school system in the 2003-2004 academic year (or later) and earned a Florida Standard High School Diploma (from a Florida public high school) will not be required to take placement testing and will not be required to enroll in developmental education in a Florida College System institution.
  • Active duty military.  Any active service member will not be required to take a placement test and will not be required to enroll in developmental education.
If you believe you meet the exemption, you may take advantage of the exemption through a review and verification of your final, official Florida high school transcript or verification of active duty military status.  You will need to provide proof of your exemption (high school transcript – available in Enrollment Services in the Student Union) and make an appointment with an academic advisor in the TCC Advising Center, located in Student Union Room 207. Upon verification of your exemption status, you will receive advising about your course options and can then register for classes.

If you are currently enrolled in a developmental education course(s), we strongly advise you to complete your course sequence.  You should also be aware of the financial aid implications should you choose to discontinue developmental coursework. 

Benefits of taking the Florida Post-secondary Readiness Test (FPERT):

  • If you enter college right out of high school or a few years later, you may need to refresh your academic skills.  By taking the FPERT, you will gain a better understanding of your current academic level in math, reading and writing.  Your FPERT score helps you decide if you should choose a developmental education option to help prepare you for college-level courses.  Regardless of whether or not you qualify for the exemption, your FPERT score is an excellent tool to help you choose the right level of college courses to take. 
  • The developmental education options offered by TCC are designed to assist you with meeting your career and educational goals.


  • As you consider your academic options, please be aware that there are free online resources to help you prepare for taking the FPERT and for course content in your classes.  The following is a list of free resources that will be useful in helping you refresh your academic skills. 
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