P.E.R.T. stands for Postsecondary Education Readiness Test. It is Florida’s common placement test. The purpose of the PERT is to assess academic skills and determine college readiness and course placement. The PERT consists of three subtests: math, reading, and writing.
Target test dates for the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) fall anywhere between November and March for most districts. The exact test dates are set by the individual school districts. Check with your school administrators for test dates.
No, students are not permitted to use a calculator while taking the PERT. For some questions, an on-screen calculator will pop up during the Math test. A pencil and paper will be provided by the test administrator.
The PERT was created by McCann Associates. McCann is a leading innovator in higher education technology. They create college readiness programs, learning management systems and academic support programs and more. For more on McCann Associates, visit their site www.mccanntesting.com
Florida law requires high schools to give the test to students in 11th grade. Test schedules are set by the individual school districts, but each uses the same test developed by McCann Associates. Some students may exempt out of the PERT requirement by establishing college readiness with another recognized test.
Yes, typically students who have met the criteria on other recognized tests can be exempt from taking the PERT. Refer to the chart below for scores on SAT, ACT and FCAT which may allow a student to graduate without taking the PERT.
Technically there is no PASS or FAIL attributed to the student’s score. If you do not achieve the level showing college readiness, you will be placed in a remediation class for 12th grade. At the college level, students who don’t achieve the cut score are advised to take a prep class. It should be noted that a prep level course does not earn credits toward your college degree.
Update: Remedial classes are no longer mandatory at the college level if a student does not achieve the minimum PERT score on admissions tests.
This is probably the most difficult question to answer. PERT measures a broad range of skills. There are three subtests to the PERT: math, reading and writing. Some students may take all three, and some may only take one. Here is a comprehensive list of potential topics on the tests. Your study plan should focus on your specific areas of weakness.
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A college applicant may take the PERT up to two times. Your school may require a waiting period and/or remediation before you can take the PERT a second time. Fees vary by college. Consult your school for their re-test fee.
Yes. There is an accessibility wizard built into the assessment that allows selected students to adjust the font size, font color and background color. There is also a paper version of the test as well as a Braille version.