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PERT Test Dates

Instructor: Jessica Keys
The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is a test administered by the Florida College System. You can take this test any time of the year, but registration procedures will vary by institution. Here, you'll find out more about the PERT and what you need to do to set up a testing date.

PERT Availability

The PERT is administered to incoming Florida college students as a placement test for English, reading and math courses. Because each new semester sees an influx of new students, this test is offered all year long. However, each institution administers this test independently, so you will have to check with your college's testing center to see how they handle the PERT.

For example, at Eastern Florida State College, you must call the testing center to schedule your exam beforehand. Similarly, if you are attending Florida Southwestern State College, the PERT is offered only on certain days of the week, and at certain times, so you will need to schedule your appointment in advance. Conveniently, you can register online through their testing center's website.

Some schools also offer online testing if you're an out-of-state student or you live too far away from a testing center. Schools like Florida Southwestern State College offer this option through ProctorU. You will need to set up an account with ProctorU and then email the college so they can set the test up for you. You'll need to provide your name, student ID number and date of birth to test in this manner.

Other colleges, like Polk State, Valencia and Miami-Dade Colleges, have walk-in testing. In this case, you will not need to reserve your seat in advance. However, you should be mindful of testing center hours as the exam can take two or three hours to complete. Give yourself plenty of time!

What to Expect from the PERT

Before you sit for the PERT, it'll be helpful to familiarize yourself with how the test works and what you should do to prepare for it.

  • You will take the PERT on a computer.
  • The PERT is untimed.
  • Your college may require a ticket for admission to the testing center, even if you do not have to schedule an appointment. Check with your Student Services office to see if this is the case and if so, how you can obtain one.
  • If the testing center allows walk-ins, they may require that you arrive a couple of hours before closing time.
  • There is no fee to take the PERT the first time. However, subsequent retakes will cost $10 each. Your college may also charge a separate testing fee for non-enrolled students.
  • No calculators are permitted on the test. However, the PERT does have its own calculator built into the testing interface.
  • You will have to bring some form of valid photo ID to the testing center, like a driver's license, military ID, green card, state ID and so on. If you are in high school, you can use your high school ID, but you might also have to bring a social security card or birth certificate as well.
  • You may also need a current student ID number at the college where you are testing.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with all testing center rules and regulations beforehand as well!

What is the PERT For?

The PERT is a diagnostic test that will help the college determine which math and English courses are right for you. While it can be long, remember that there are no passing or failing scores.

  • The PERT has three sections: Writing, Reading and Math.
  • Each section has thirty questions, and each section has a maximum score of 150.
  • The PERT is designed to place you in entry-level college courses like college composition and college algebra, or the developmental courses in these subjects.
  • The PERT will not test you for higher level math. However, there is a college level math section of the PERT that you may take if you score a 135 or better on the regular math section.

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Do I Have to Take the PERT?

The Florida College System requires some form of placement testing upon enrollment, but the PERT is only one option. Here are some alternatives to satisfying this requirement:

  • You entered the 9th grade (in the Florida public school system) in the 2003-2004 school year or afterward, and earned a Florida high school diploma.
  • You are an active-duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
  • You have taken the SAT or ACT, or Accuplacer CPT tests and your scores demonstrate that you are college ready. Note that scores are valid for two years.
  • You have scored a 262 or higher on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in Reading. This will only exempt you from the reading and writing sections of the PERT, and scores are valid for two years.
  • You have an associate's or higher degree from an accredited institution, or you have already earned college credit in English, math or both (at a C or better).

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