Developmental Education

IRSC encourages all students to take advantage of placement testing to ensure appropriate placement into developmental or college-level courses in English, reading, and math. The P.E.R.T. is administered by IRSC for this purpose.

Students who present ACT scores of Reading 19, English 17, Math 19 or SAT scores of Verbal 440, Math 440 or higher, may be exempt from taking the P.E.R.T. Students who graduated from a Florida public high school since 2007 and students who are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States armed services are exempt from mandatory placement testing.

A student must progress from developmental to college-level coursework within two attempts in each of the courses. The full instructional cost will be charged to the student upon the third attempt in each developmental course. Students with documented extenuating circumstances may file an appeal of the full instructional cost with the Associate Dean of Educational Services or any Campus Provost. Developmental courses may not be used to meet degree requirements.

Indian River State College requires completion of SLS 1101, Student Success, for non-exempt, Associate in Arts Degree students who must take two or more Developmental Education courses or whose P.E.R.T. indicates placement at the lowest level of Developmental Education in a subject area. This course must be taken during the student's first semester at IRSC. Developmental courses can be taken while enrolled in SLS 1101.

Alternative instructional opportunities are available for developmental instruction. Information is available at Contact Your Advisor.