PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) is an exam used by the state of Florida to measure the academic preparedness of future college students. The purpose of the exam, which is taken in the 11th grade, is to determine if a student is ready to do college level work in reading, writing, and mathematics.
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Previously, Florida used the ACCUPLACER exam for this purpose, but educational experts in the state decided to go with an exam that complements the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), which is given to all 10th graders in the state.
Since the exam measures the ability to handle college level work, high school students who have already demonstrated college readiness are not required to take it.
There are several ways of doing this. A student can achieve a Level 4 or Level 5 on the FCAT, or they can earn high enough scores on the ACCUPLACER, the SAT, or the ACT to demonstrate college readiness.
For the ACCUPLACER, scores needed are:
- Elementary Algebra – 72
- Reading – 83
- Sentence Skills – 83
On the SAT, a student will need to score at least 440 on both sections, Verbal and Math.
On the ACTS, scores needed are: Reading – 18, English – 17, and Math – 19.
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PERT is a computer adaptive exam. That means that not all test takers will see the same questions, because the computer will show questions of varying levels of difficulty based on the answers to previous questions. Each section (reading, writing and math) contains 30 questions.
Of these, five will not count toward the score, as they are used for research and development purposes. However, test takers will not know which questions are for developmental purposes, so they should answer all 30 to the best of their ability. The exam is not timed, and most people take two or three hours to complete all three sections.
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PERT Test Overview
PERT Exam Self-Assessment Modules
- Basic Algebra
- Intermediate Algebra
- Advanced Algebra
- Analogies 2
- Averages and Rounding
- Estimation and Sequences
- Fractions and Square Roots
- Author's Purpose
- Basic Grammar
- Intermediate Grammar
- Advanced Grammar
- Basic Math
- Intermediate Math
- Advanced Mathematics
- Percents and Ratios
- Basic Reading Comprehension
- Intermediate Reading Comprehension
- Advanced Reading Comprehension
- Reading for the Main Idea
- Writing Section 1
- Writing Section 2
by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 9, 2019