Northwest Florida State College


Testing Center


The Testing Center administers college admission tests, placement tests, proctored exams, ACT/SAT, GED, CLEP, and DSST (formerly DANTES). The center is open to students of the college, as well as the general public. For more information about the tests offered at the center, please click on the name of the test below.

Student Responsibilities

Seating is limited and in most cases, tests require an appointment made at least one full business day prior to your desired testing date. With the professor’s permission, testing can be proctored same day by contacting the testing center directly. All testers are required to produce a government issued photo I.D., as well as your Student ID card or have your Student ID number memorized for expedient check-in.

No backpacks, cell phones, purses, food, drink, or other materials are permitted in the testing room.

Available Tests


Both the ACT and SAT tests are designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work

The ACT has a writing test that is optional at the time you register. The SAT includes a writing test that is not optional. Check with your desired college for admission requirements. Northwest Florida State College does not require the ACT writing test.

Currently, college level scores are as follows:

ACT: Reading 19, Writing 17, Math 19

SAT: Reading 24, Writing 25, Math 24

For detailed information, practice tests, and to register for the ACT or SAT - please visit the ACT and SAT websites.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

Time is everyone's most valuable -- and scarcest -- commodity. By reducing the number of courses needed to complete a college degree, the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) can make it easier for students of all ages to complete their degrees more quickly. Prior to registering for a CLEP exam, we recommend that you meet with an academic advisor/counselor at your college to determine if CLEP tests might be an appropriate option for you. The college can also provide information on the scores required for granting credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the courses that can be bypassed with satisfactory scores.


Like the CLEP test, the DSST helps students save time and resources by reducing course load. Similarly, we recommend that you meet with an advisor/counselor to ensure the DSST is the appropriate test to take. While the tests are very difficult, it might be beneficial for you to take DSST exams in areas where you have gained expertise through your previous studies or work experience.

Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)

The FBAT is an exam that is required for all Northwest Florida State College students who are entering the Law Enforcement or Corrections programs. Students planning to enroll in these programs should contact the Public Safety Department for details: (850) 729-5378. Non-Northwest Florida State College students who are required to take the FBAT for employment consideration with Florida agencies are also eligible to test at the Testing Center.

All Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) will be administered in the Testing Center at the Student Services Center located at the Niceville Campus. Test candidates will have 2.5 hours to complete the FBAT. On the day of the test, you will need to present a photo ID (Florida driver's license or Florida ID card), and verification of social security number (either social security card or military ID with social security number). Study guides for the FBAT are available at any bookstore. You may also find it helpful to search online for additional resources and practice exams.

The test is administered on a computer and results are available the day of the test. Appointments are required at the Niceville campus for testing and can be made by visiting Register Blast at least 24 hours in advance of your desired test time.

Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) & Prometric/Pearson VUE

As an Authorized Prometric and Pearson VUE Test Center, Northwest Florida State College offers students and the local community an avenue to gain various professional or official certifications. The NWF State College Professional Certification Test Center is located on the ground floor of Building 410, Niceville campus.

Individuals interested in taking an exam or professional certification at the Northwest Florida State College testing center should follow the links below for Prometric or Pearson VUE to register and pay for the test online.


The GED Test is administered to adult learners looking to achieve their high school equivalency credentials.

HESI Admission Assessment

The HESI Admission Assessment is utilized as an admissions screening process for the college's health science programs, including the nursing, dental assisting, and emergency medical technician programs.  All Tests must be scheduled through RegisterBlast. Testing fees are collected at that time.

Please contact your department for more information about your program's testing requirements.

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

To ensure proper course placement, the Florida Department of Education Rule 6A-10.315 states that ".....first-time-in-college students entering degree programs must be tested prior to initial registration and shall enroll in college preparatory reading, English and/or mathematics courses if their test scores are below college level." Students with college level SAT or ACT scores that are not older than 2 years may be exempt from taking the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Students who need to take the PERT should take the test soon after submitting an admissions application to Northwest Florida State College. Students who sign an acknowledgment of self-remediation after their previous attempt may retake the PERT after seven (7) days.

For students qualifying for the Florida Senate Bill exemption:

In accordance with Section (s.) 1008.30, Florida Statutes (F.S.):

A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test (PERT) and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test (PERT) and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student's request.

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are norm-referenced tests designed to measure achievement of basic skills commonly found in adult basic education curricula and taught in instructional programs. The TABE will be administered, free of charge, to NWFSC students who are currently enrolled the Dental Assisting, Radiography, and Welding programs. The TABE will also be administered for students who choose to enroll in the NWFSC Firefighter Basic PSAV program (program code 5095).

There are eight TABE subtests offered: Reading, Language, Language Mechanics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Applied Math, and Math Computation. There are different requirements and combinations of the subtests needed for each examinee depending on their program, agency, or employer.

The TABE is also available for examinees requesting the test for employment consideration or for admission requirements to other institutions. The fee for these examinees is $20.00.

Testing Schedule

Chautauqua Center

Chautauqua Center

PERT Testing

  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. and Thursday 3:00 p.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Testing Room 202, Building 2
  • Call (850) 200-4100 for more information

Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Call Janet Faubel at (850) 200-4103 for more information
Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach

PERT Testing

  • Monday 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.
  • Appointment required
  • Room 764, Building 7
  • Call (850) 863-6504 for more information

Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Room 764, Building 7
  • Call (850) 863-6508 for more information
Hurlburt Field Center

Hurlburt Field Center

Call (850) 200-4190 for more information about testing. All testing is located in Room B, Building 90220. Testing at the Hurlburt Field location is for adults only, and you must have base access to attend a testing session.

PERT Testing

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • No appointment necessary
  • Adults only
  • Base access required


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • No appointment necessary

Speech Part II

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Appointment required
Niceville (Main Campus)

Niceville Main Campus

Niceville's testing center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 129, Building 410. Appointments are required. To schedule your test, please register via RegisterBlast, or call (850) 729-6016 for more information.

Robert L.F. Sikes Center (Crestview)

Robert L.F. Sikes Center

PERT Testing

  • Appointment Required
  • Please call (850) 200-4141 for the testing schedule or for more information
  • Testing takes place in the Computer Lab, Room 141 and Room 142
South Walton Center

South Walton Center

PERT Testing and Other Proctored Exams

  • Appointment required
  • Testing center opens at 11:00 a.m.
  • Room 112, Building A
  • Call (850) 200-4160 for more information