Free PERT Practice Test Questions

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. 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, and 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.

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.

People who didn't take PERT in high school, or whose scores are more than two years old, will need to take the test again if they want to attend a school in the Florida college system. Some colleges charge a fee for the exam (currently $10), but some don't. People who aren't satisfied with their scores may retest, but only once for each subject. This limit of only one re-take is one of the reasons it's advisable for prospective college students to take advantage of study guides available for the exam. A high score can mean avoiding remedial and/or basic coursework, saving a student a lot of time and money. Taking numerious PERT practice tests is recommended for test day success.

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Last Updated: 04/21/2017


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