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Florida International University

Undergraduate Admissions

Curriculum and Testing Information

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High School Curriculum Requirements
FIU will recalculate student GPA based on the courses in core academic areas. Academic rigor is an important success factor in college, therefore FIU weights Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, AICE and Honors courses. In addition students who take academic core courses beyond the minimum requirements demonstrate strength of schedule and a commitment to college readiness.


Minimum high school curriculum requirements

4 credits of English

4 credits of Mathematics (at or above Algebra I or higher)

3 credits of Natural Science (two must have included substantial lab requirements)

3 credits of Social Science (includes anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology and/or geography)

2 credits second language

2 credits in additional academic electives


SAT and ACT Assessments for College Readiness
State Board Rule 6A-10.0315, establishes the test scores used to determine whether a student is ready for college level coursework. If a student does not meet the state established cut score, this indicates that additional preparation may be necessary before entering college level courses. In accordance with this rule and BOG regulation 6.002(2), first time in college applicants must meet FIU’s minimum SAT or ACT total score plus minimum sub-scores in reading, math and writing.


Placement Testing
The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T) is Florida’s common placement test. It is not required for admission but applicants may wish to submit P.E.R.T. scores if their application is under holistic review because their SAT or ACT sub-score do not meet the minimums required by the State of Florida or if they are appealing their admission decision.

FIU considers PERT scores when the assessment is taken in the student’s senior year of high school or later. FIU will only consider the first score per subject and there must be a 30-day waiting period between each attempt of a subject assessment. Attempts must not exceed three times in a 90-day period.

The College Board’s Accuplacer is a series of assessments in reading, writing and math. Students from outside of Florida or outside the United States may be asked to take Accuplacer if they do not meet the minimum requirements for admission in critical reading, mathematics and/or writing.

Visit Florida Virtual Campus for additional information about high school graduation requirements and college readiness.

 

Home Education or Other Non-Traditional High School Program participants

In accordance with BOG regulation 6.002(3) a student applying for admission who has participated in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials determined to be equivalent to those described in this regulation to FIU. A student whose high school educational program is not measured in Carnegie Units must present a test score of at least 1010 on the SAT I, a combined test score of at least 1010 on the SAT Reasoning Test Critical Reading and Mathematics portions, a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT Plus Writing, or an overall combined test score of 1450 on the SAT Reasoning Test (all three portions). Applicants presenting a GED must present official GED results, official transcripts of any partial high school completion, and ACT with Writing and/or SAT with writing results.