College and Career Readiness

Students starting out in college or a career need to be well prepared. The transition from high school or the workforce to college can be a challenge for some students, especially those who are not aware of the expectations and requirements for entering college level coursework. Once admitted to a college, students may take a college placement test to identify the appropriate courses for the individual’s skill level. The resources below provide information regarding college and career readiness in Florida.


Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation (Word) needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.


To be considered “college and career” ready, students must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Postsecondary Readiness Competencies in English and mathematics that have been identified through a cross-sector collaborative effort by Florida’s K12, college and university faculty. Students demonstrate proficiency by achieving passing-level scores in reading, writing and mathematics on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test or an approved alternative. Students scoring below state-adopted common cut scores in these discipline areas are required to enroll in and successfully complete developmental education (remedial) courses in the areas of their deficiencies prior to enrollment in postsecondary, General Education, college-credit courses.

Higher levels of demonstrated competence in mathematics, language arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences increase the options available to a student (e.g., selective university enrollment, high-skill occupation) and the likelihood that a student will succeed in postsecondary education and the skilled workforce. These higher levels of competency may be measured by SAT and/or ACT scores, in addition to earning postsecondary credits through AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, or AICE programs; or by earning state-approved industry certifications.


Students who succeed in higher education and the workforce tend to demonstrate a maturity that is evidenced by the following observable dispositions and behaviors which have been identified by Florida postsecondary faculty as well as business and industry leaders:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • A commitment to learning

Academic Preparation

To be considered for admission to a degree program in a Florida postsecondary institution all students must, at minimum, possess a standard high school diploma or its equivalent as defined in Florida statutes and State Board of Education rule. Additionally, for students to attain the knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to support “college and career” ready standards, it is recommended that all currently enrolled Florida secondary students successfully complete a minimum of 16 high school credits in core content areas that include:

  • 4 credits in mathematics including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2
  • 4 credits in English that include grammar, writing, and literature
  • 3 credits in science that include the physical, life and earth space sciences

Florida Postsecondary Readiness Competencies for Entry into ENC 1101, Freshman Composition Skills I, and MAT 1033, Intermediate Algebra

Florida Statutes

  • 1007.263 - Florida College System Institutions; admissions of students
  • 1008.02 - Developmental Education definition
  • 1008.30 – Common placement testing for public postsecondary education

State Board of Education Rule

  • 6A-10.0315 (Word) - Common Placement Testing and Instruction
  • 6A-14.030 - Instruction and Awards in Florida College System Institutions
  • 6A-10.033 (Word) - Postsecondary Instructional Unit Definitions
  • 6A-14.065 - Meta-Major Academic Pathways

Additional Resources