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The PERT has three subtests: Math, Reading and Writing. Below are the topics covered on each subtest.

Mathematics

  • Equations– solving linear equations, linear inequalities, quadratic equations
  • Evaluating algebraic expressions
  • Polynomials - factoring, simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
  • Dividing by monomials and binomials
  • Applying standard algorithms or concepts
  • Coordinate planes- translate between lines and inspect equations
  • Focusing on pairs of simultaneous linear equations in two variables

Reading

  • Discerning and summarizing the most important ideas, events, or information
  • Supporting or challenging assertions about the text
  • Determining the meaning of words and phrases in context
  • Analyzing the meaning, word choices, tone, and organizational structure of the text
  • Determining the author’s purpose, and the relation of events in the text to one another
  • Recognizing relationships within and between sentences
  • Analyzing the traits, motivations, and thoughts of individuals in fiction and nonfiction
  • Analyzing how two or more texts with different styles, points of view address similar topics
  • Distinguishing between facts and opinions
  • Evaluating reasoning and rhetoric of an argument or explanation

Writing

  • Sustaining focus on a specific topic or argument
  • Establishing a topic or thesis
  • Demonstrating use of the conventions of standard written English
  • Supporting and illustrating arguments and explanations
  • Developing and maintaining a style and tone
  • Synthesizing information from multiple relevant sources
  • Conveying complex information clearly and coherently
  • Representing and accurately citing data, conclusions, and opinions of others
  • Establishing a substantive claim and acknowledging competing arguments or information
  • Conceptual and Organizational Skills - recognizing effective transitional devices
  • Word Choice Skills - recognizing commonly confused or misused words and phrases
  • Sentence Structure Skills - using modifiers correctly
  • Sentence Structure Skills - using coordination and subordination effectively
  • Grammar, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation Skills
  • Avoiding inappropriate shifts in verb tense and pronouns
  • Maintaining agreement between pronoun and antecedent
  • Using proper case forms, adjectives, and adverbs

(Source: http://www.fldoe.org)

 

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