Postsecondary Education Readiness Test Information

Eastern Florida State College, along with all other Florida community colleges, administers Florida's Postsecondary Education Readiness Test better known as PERT. Aligned with the Florida Postsecondary Readiness Competencies, PERT is designed to assess academic skill level in English, reading and mathematics with required assessment scores for college-level courses set by the state of Florida. This exam will be used to determine if you need remediation in any academic subject areas. Check the current Placement Scores Chart.

Taking the PERT: Once students have applied to EFSC and paid their Admissions Application Fee, they may call 321-632-1111 to schedule a PERT test appointment. High school students may be tested without application submission by providing EFSC with complete name, date of birth, social security number, High school name and current grade level. Initial test administration is free, except when we administer a placement test to a non-EFSC student for another college. Retests per EFSC Retest Policy require payment of a $10 retest fee. The test is untimed and administered by computer. Each subsection of the PERT consists of 30 questions and the projected time frame to complete each subtest is approximately 60 minutes. Subtest scores range from 50-150. A paper and pencil version of the test and special accommodations for disabled students is available.

Exemption from the PERT is possible if:

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  • You've taken the SAT-1, Enhanced ACT or CPT/FELPT (within the last 24 months), and earned scores that place you in college-level courses according to the placement chart.
  • As a high school student, you have earned a score of 262 or higher on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0 version) in the Reading subtest. This  demonstrates college readiness for college coursework that requires English proficiency. Students who enroll in a Florida College System Institution within two years of earning this score are exempt from PERT Reading and Writing subtests.
  • You've earned an Associate in Art or an Associate in Science degree or higher or have earned college-level credit at a C or higher in English and/or mathematics from a U.S. regionally-accredited institution. Official transcripts are required. Earned credits in either area will exempt placement test in that subject.
  • You’ve entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma, or
  • Serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services

Retaking the PERT: If retesting in PERT, we expect students to improve their scores on the second attempt by allowing time for review of the subject material. EFSC may administer a PERT retest, after one calendar year of the initial exam, at no cost. Dual Enrollment High School students may exercise a subject retest option twice during a 12 month period for a $10 retest fee. Degree seeking students may retake the PERT, one time per sub-test, after 30 days from the original test administration date, provided they have not begun any developmental education coursework in the subject area. There is a $10 retest fee per test.  Students who've registered for the test, but think they are not prepared, are advised to reschedule the PERT administration at a later time to allow them more time for review. To review EFSC's Retest Policy, click here.

Get Ready for the PERT

Preparation is key for test scores that reflect your skill levels. Download a PERT Study Guide that includes practice test questions.