PERT Testing

Want to sign up to take the PERT at KRAI?

Please sign up for the PERT using the link:

When will the PERT be given?

The PERT exam will not be offered at KRAi for the remainder of the 23-24 school year. Any testing required between now and October will need to be completed at PHSC.

What is the P.E.R.T.?

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida’s new common placement
test. This test is used by all 28 Florida colleges to determine whether or not a student is ready for
college credit courses in math and English. The P.E.R.T. has been aligned with the
Postsecondary Readiness Competencies that Florida’s faculty have identified as necessary for
success in entry-level college credit coursework. The test vendor, McCann Associates, has
worked collaboratively with the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges
and Florida College System faculty to develop and tailor items to faculty specifications. P.E.R.T.
is comprised of three 25-item, computer adaptive subtests in reading, writing and mathematics.
Florida College System institutions began administering the P.E.R.T. in October 2010.

What does the P.E.R.T. assess?

The P.E.R.T. assesses readiness for college-level coursework in English and mathematics. There
are three subject area tests – reading, writing, and mathematics. A student’s scores determine
appropriate course placement upon entering college

How is the PERT used for Dual Enrollment?

  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum test scores earned via the ACT, SAT, or PERT
    • SAT-I Verbal 440 Math 440
    • ACT Reading 18 English 17 Math 19
  • Must meet the stated pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) for each course
  • must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all PHSC courses
  • Approved Dual Enrollment Application

What are the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies?

The Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs) are skills identified by high school, college
and state university faculty as critical to college readiness in mathematics, reading and writing.
Entry-level college credit courses are Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) and Freshman
Composition I (ENC 1101). The PRCs for reading, writing and mathematics may be accessed on
the Division of Florida Colleges College and Career Readiness website at The PRCs are comprised of a subset of the
Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, Basic Skills Exit competencies, and
American Diploma Project Benchmarks.

How many questions are on the P.E.R.T.?

There are a total of 30 questions per placement subtest. There are 25 operational items that will
be the basis of the student’s placement score and 5 field test items which are designed to
continuously enhance the operational test bank. The student will not know which items are
operational so it is imperative that they try their best on all 30 items.

How long will it take to administer the assessment?

The P.E.R.T. assessment is a computer adaptive test (C.A.T.) and is untimed. The average time
to complete the mathematics and writing subtests is approximately 30 minutes. The reading test
average is one hour.

What is a computer adaptive test?

The goal of a computer adaptive test (C.A.T.) is to increase the accuracy of the estimate of a
student’s ability while at the same time minimizing the number of items presented to the student.
In more traditional testing situations, all students respond to the same questions. Questions may
be too easy or too difficult for a particular student, yet the student must wade through all of the
items on the test to get a score. C.A.T. eliminates this issue by starting with an average ability
item and then, based on the student’s response, subsequent items are selected to be near the
student’s ability level. The P.E.R.T. is a competency-based C.A.T. meaning the adaptive nature
of the test is at the competency level, and item difficulty adjusts on the basis of responses to
items aligned with particular competencies.

What are the P.E.R.T. college-ready cut scores?


Recommend Advanced or Accelerated Courses College Algebra or higher (MAC 1105) Scores of 123-150

*123 is the college-ready cut score for mathematics.


Freshman Composition Skills I (ENC 1101) English 4: College Prep (1001405) Scores of 106*-150

*106 is the college-ready cut score for reading


Freshman Composition Skills I (ENC 1101) English 4: College Prep (1001405) Scores of 103*-150

*103 is the college-ready cut score for writing.

Have questions about the PERT?

Contact School Counselor, Marissa Sowers for more information.