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 Remedial FAQ's


Testing Questions


Q:  What is the CPT?
A:  CPT stands for College Placement Test.  CPTs are offered at all Florida community colleges and universities.  These tests (which are shorter than the ACT or SAT tests) are one way in which students can “test out” or fulfill their remediation.  All remedial students will be given the opportunity to take the CPT in their remediation area(s) at Eagle View Orientation (EVO).  For information on taking any of the CPTs prior to EVO, please contact the Remediation Advisor.  The CPT can only be taken once in each area.  If a student submits multiple CPT scores, the earliest score is the only one which will be accepted.

What is the difference between “Math CPT,” “MPT,” “CPT,” and “Elementary Algebra CPT”?

A:   All of these terms refer to the same thing, the Math Placement Test given at Eagle View Orientation.  It is called the MPT for short, and was created by Accuplacer.  This test is given at EVO to a majority of students – remedial or not – to determine math placement for future courses.  However, if a student has a math remediation, he/she may be able to “test out” of the remediation by receiving an appropriate score on the test.  Note: the MPT will not make a non-remedial student remedial for math, no matter how poorly he/she may score.  The MPT may be taken prior to Orientation, but can only be taken once unless a student is of remedial status and a referral is provided by a first year advisor.

Q:  May I take the MPT/Math CPT, Reading CPT, or Sentence Skills (English) CPT at another school?  If so, how should I get my scores to FGCU?

A:  If you live in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Naples/Marco area, please plan to take your tests here at FGCU.  If you live outside the greater Fort Myers/FGCU area and take the test(s) at your local university or state college, please make sure that the college or university testing center faxes the official Accuplacer CPT results directly to FGCU’s Testing Office at (239) 590-7732.  *Faxes must be sent from a university or state college testing center


Q:   How can I prepare for CPT examinations?
A:   The following weblink allows you to access sample test questions and answers (pdf format):


Q:   Can I take the CPT more than once?
A:   No.  Even if your local community college says you may, FGCU will only accept one CPT score - your first in any area.


Q:   Is this a paper test or computer-based test?
A:   The CPT is a computer-based test?


Q:   How long is the  CPT math test and how can I prepare for it?
The CPT is untimed, and contains twelve (12) multiple choice math questions.  Most students take approximately 30 minutes to complete the test.  Sample questions for the all areas of the CPT can be found on the College Board website:


Q:   Can I use a calculator on the test? What should I bring with me?

A:   Calculators are not permitted into the exam.  If a question on the test allows for the use of a calculator, one will be provided on the computer screen through the Accuplacer testing website.  All questions can be solved without the use of a calculator.  All you need to bring is your student ID card (if you have received it already) or your University Identification Number (UIN, 9-digit number beginning with 81).  You will be provided with pencils and scrap paper at test time.


Q:   Where can I take the test?
Most students will take the test during their two-day Eagle View Orientation.  However, students can take the test prior to Orientation as well by setting up an appointment with the FGCU Testing Center, located on the second floor of McTarnaghan Hall, Room 204.  If you live outside the five-county area, you can take the CPT at a local institution as well.  However, remember to have your official scores sent to the FGCU Testing Center (fax: 239-590-7732). *CPT scores must be faxed from the college or university testing center where the test was administered directly to the FGCU Testing Center (faxes from other locations will not be accepted).  Remember, FGCU only accepts your earliest CPT score and will not accept multiple sets of scores.


Q:   What is the cost of the test?
The CPT cost is $25.00.  This $25.00 fee will be assessed onto your student account, and is viewable/payable in Gulfline.

Remedial Course Questions


Q:   How long do I have to complete remediation?
A:   The state statute  requires you to complete remediation within your first twelve (12) semester hours (usually a student’s first semester) or prior to your first semester.  We can be somewhat flexible about this timeframe depending on your individual situation, but these arrangements must be made with the Remediation Advisor’s approval.  It is always in your best interest to complete your remediation as soon as possible, especially if you are remedial in an area that is critical to progress in your major, such as English or Math.  The longer that you wait to complete your remediation, the more “behind” you can get at FGCU.  Also – and perhaps most importantly – you will have a hold that prevents web registration and schedule changes until you complete remediation.


Q:  Does FGCU give me credit for taking remedial courses?
A:  No.  Remedial coursework is considered “pre-university level” and therefore does not earn credit at FGCU or other state universities.  However, you must complete a remedial course before you may proceed with any coursework in that area at FGCU.

Q:  Do remedial courses affect my FGCU GPA?
A:  No.  Courses taken at an institution other than at FGCU do not affect your FGCU GPA. 


Q:  Does FGCU give me credit for taking remedial courses?
A:  No.  Remedial coursework is considered “pre-university level” and therefore does not earn credit at FGCU or other state universities.  However, you must complete a remedial course before you may proceed with any coursework in that area at FGCU.


Q:  Does remedial coursework count toward being “fulltime” at FGCU?
A:  Yes and no.  The hours at Edison or any community college do not directly affect your enrollment at FGCU.  However, for purposes of establishing student status for insurance purposes and certain scholarships, the hours may “count.”


Q:  How many credits should I take at FGCU if I’m taking a course at Edison at the same time?
A:  Because remedial courses are four (4) credit hours each (plus the commute time to Edison), it is not recommended to take more than 9-12 hours at FGCU while completing a remedial course at Edison.  Please note that fulltime status at FGCU is twelve (12) or more credit hours.  Less than twelve (12) credit hours per semester is considered part-time status.


Q:   How do I know which course(s) I have to take?
A:   After you take the CPT, I will advise you as to which remediation course(s) you must take.  As a general rule, students can follow these courses for remediation coursework:

Math Remediation:        MAT 0028 – Developmental Math II (4 credits)
            English Remediation:     ENC 0025 – Developmental Writing II (4 credits)
            Reading Remediation:    REA 0017 – Developmental Reading II (4 credits)

Note: Courses taken at community colleges other than Edison State College may have different course numbers.  Please discuss course selections with a First Year Advisor prior to registration.

Q:   Can my financial aid cover the cost of my remedial course?
A:   No.  Unfortunately remedial courses are considered to be pre-university/college level work, and therefore are not covered by federal financial aid.

Edison Questions


Q:   Is there anything special I have to do to take a class at a community college or do I just sign up?
A:   Registering for a remedial course is a three-step process, which begins with the completion of a Transient Student Form.  After you have completed the Transient Form and it has been approved, you will need to apply to the community college as a non-degree seeking student and pay the application fee (second step).  Note: Some community colleges require the non-degree seeking application to be completed PRIOR to the transient form being approved.  Lastly, you will register for the remedial course at the community college.  Normally, this needs to be facilitated in person at the Records and Registration/Registrar’s Office of the community college, due to testing prerequisites (which you have already completed at FGCU, hence the Transient Form).  You will find directions for completing the Student Transient Form and the Registration Process later in this guide.  Please note that this three-step process must be completed for any course taken at another institution (community college or university) as a visiting student (i.e. summer courses).

Q:   What is the process for enrolling at Edison?
A:   Please click here to read step-by-step directions for the enrollment process.  This process happens immediately after you complete your e-Transient form at

Q:   Where is Edison’s course search located?


Q:   Where is the Edison Academic Calendar?


Q:   How can I contact Edison College?

Admissions                                           (239) 489-9361
            Registration                                          (239) 489-9363
            Records                                                (239) 489-9317
            Cashier/Bursar’s Office                          (239) 489-9386
            Financial Aid                                         (239) 489-9336

All Edison student services are located in the Student Services Building, Taeni Hall, Building S.
Map of Edison State College:

Q:  What is the cost for the remedial course(s)?

Q:   How many credits should I take at FGCU if I’m taking a course at Edison at the same time?
A:  Because remedial courses are 4 credit hours plus a commute, I do not recommend taking more than 10-12 hours at FGCU while completing a remedial course at Edison.

Q:  I don’t have any way to get to Edison to take the remedial course.  Can I remediate next summer at the community college by my house?
Possibly.  But we need to discuss the specifics and plan your FGCU semesters accordingly.  Delayed remediation can and probably will put you behind in your students and you will need to be extra vigilant to stay on track.  There is also Lee Tran public transportation if you’re really ambitious and want to try to get to Edison during the semester at FGCU.  And there is also the possibility of finding another FGCU remedial student to carpool with. 

* Important note:  Remedial students MUST have a remediation plan in progress every semester he/she is enrolled at FGCU, until all required remediation areas are fulfilled. 

Information on Lee Tran public transportation:



Q:   Isn’t MAT 1033 remedial math?
A:   No.  However it is also not a Gordon Rule Math course, and therefore earns credit but only as an elective. See math flowchart 

Q:   I have a diagnosed disability/learning disability/ADHD.  Can I get extra assistance with my remedial coursework even though I don’t take the classes at FGCU?
A:   Absolutely.  However you must register with Cori Bright in the Office of Adaptive Services  Merely having been admitted with a disability does not automatically mean Cori knows about your needs.  You need to contact her directly.

Q:   I registered for my classes....why do I still have an AF REMEDIAL HOLD?
A:   The AF Remedial Hold prevents schedule changes without consulting the Remediation Advisor and will remain on your record until you successfully complete your remediation area(s).  However, there are several times of the year when it will lift to allow you to web register yourself.  Details of these dates are in the remedial advising contract, attached later in this guide.  The hold will lift during these times:

 -When you attend Eagle View Orientation (EVO).  Your hold lifts on the registration day to allow you to web
register yourself during the advising lab session.  After EVO, all schedule changes must be made by contacting the Remediation Advisor (via email, phone or in person).  In all communications, please remember to include your full name, University Identification Number (UIN), title of the course you wish to add/drop, and the Course Reference Number (CRN) for the course.

-Your hold will lift again on the first day of Eagle Priority Registration for freshmen in the fall and/or spring semester(s).  During priority registration, it will remain lifted for a full week.  After this week period is over, your hold will be reinstated and all schedule changes must be made by contacting the Remediation Advisor, as noted above.  This information is also available in the Remedial Student Advising Contract.

Q:   If I have less than 12 credits, won't I Iose Bright Futures and/or be unable to live in campus housing?
A:   No.  To maintain your Bright Futures scholarship, you have to complete a certain amount of credits in accordance with how many you register for initially.  For information pertaining to Bright Futures students should consult the Bright Futures website or consult FGCU's Financial Aid Office for details.  Also, part-time students are allowed to live in on-campus housing.  It is important to note that some forms of federal financial aid require students to be at fulltime status.  It is in your best interest to consult Financial Aid when before registration begins to confirm how many FGCU credit hours you must be enrolled in each semester to obtain your aid.  Financial Aid can be reached at (239) 590-7920, and their office is located on the first floor of McTarnaghan Hall (next to the Registrar).
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