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College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)

College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)

If you have questions regarding CLAST, please call 850-245-0513.

About the CLAST

The College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) was administered from October 1982 to June 2009 to students seeking associate in arts (AA), bachelor of arts (BA), or bachelor of science (BS) degree from a Florida public college or university. The CLAST was one way students could demonstrate proficiency of the College-Level Academic Skills (CLAS) set.

The CLAST was part of Florida's system of educational accountability that satisfied the mandates of Section 1008.29, F.S. The CLAST was an achievement test that measured students' attainment of the college-level communication and mathematics skills that were identified by the faculties of community colleges and state universities through the College-Level Academic Skills Project (CLASP). The skills were adopted by the SBE and are listed in Rule 6A-10.0316, FAC.

The CLAST consisted of four subtests: essay, English language skills (ELS), reading, and mathematics. Each subtest yielded a single score that was reported to the student and to the institution requested by the student.

Passing Scores

The passing scores for each subtest of the CLAST were established by the State Board of Education (SBE). The original passing scores were proposed by the State-Level Panel on CLAST Standards and were recommended to the SBE by the Commissioner of Education. The passing scores were originally adopted on March 6, 1984, and were amended several times. Students were required to meet the minimum standards in effect at the time they initially took the test.

The passing scores are based on the score scale from the October 1982 administration of the CLAST. The passing scores for various time periods are as follows:

Dates Essay ELS Reading Math
08/01/84 - 07/31/86 4 265 260 260
08/01/86 - 07/31/89 4 270 270 275
08/01/89 - 09/30/91 4 295 295 285
10/01/91 - 09/30/92 5* 295 295 290
10/01/92 & thereafter 6 295 295 295

* In October 1991, the essay scoring scale was revised. A score of 5 on the revised scale is equivalent to a score of 4 on the former scale.

College-Level Academic Skill (CLAS) set Requirement: Alternative Methods

In 2009, Senate Bill 1676 repealed the use of the CLAST to measure student proficiency of the CLAS requirement and as a degree requirement for those undergraduates seeking associate in arts (AA), bachelor of arts (BA), or bachelor of science (BS) degree in Florida's public colleges and universities.

In December 2009, Rule 6A-10.0311, FAC, which provides the provisions for students to meet the CLAS requirement.

Students receiving waivers or exemptions for the CLAST subtests are assigned codes on their transcripts where CLAST scores would be found. The following list contains all possible codes that can be found on student transcripts in lieu of CLAST scores:

999 (99) Learning disability waiver or 4X waiver
998 (98) GPA exemption
997 (97) SAT score exemption
996 (96) ACT score exemption
995 (95) College Placement Test score exemption

Teacher Certification

From 1982 to June 30, 2002, the CLAST was used as the basic skills test for teacher certification purposes. On July 1, 2002, the General Knowledge (GK) test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) replaced the CLAST as the basic skills test for teacher certification. Currently, any teacher certification candidate may use passing CLAST subtest scores from 1982 to June 30, 2002, in lieu of the corresponding GK subtest.

New: During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended s. 1012.56, FS, to eliminate the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the general knowledge requirement. For more information about teacher certification in the state of Florida, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Certification.

How to Obtain CLAST Scores

Teacher certification candidates, who wish to submit CLAST scores to the Bureau of Educator Certification, will need to obtain an official score report that display their CLAST scores.
  • If the teacher certification candidate took the CLAST prior to July 1, 2002, then the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) testing contractor, ES Pearson, will have their CLAST scores on file and can produce a duplicate score report, which will be accepted by the Bureau of Educator Certification.
    Instructions from ES Pearson for obtaining a duplicate score report.
  • If an individual took the CLAST before July 1, 2002, but did not pass the subtest(s) until after July 1, 2002, the passing score will not be on file and is not eligible for teacher certification purposes.
  • If an individual's CLAST scores are listed on their transcript as a 999(99), 998(98), 997(97), or 996(96), then the individual was exempted from taking the CLAST and, therefore, does not have passing scores.