Common Placement Test Information
Eastern Florida State College, along with all other Florida community colleges, administers the Florida Department of Education approved common placement tests: Florida's Postsecondary Education Readiness Test better known as PERT and ACCUPLACER Next Generation (NG). PERT is EFSC's primary placement test, and ACCUPLACER NG is the secondary placement test. Students who demonstrate advanced mathematics skills by scoring 130+ in PERT math or 258+ in Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) may take the NG Advanced Algebraic Functions (AAF) for advanced mathematics placement.
These placement tests are 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. These exams will be used to determine if you need remediation in any academic subject areas and if you can begin your mathematics coursework at an advanced level. Check the current Placement Scores Chart.
Taking the Placement Test: Making an Appointment
Placement testing and retesting are offered both remotely and with limited face-to-face testing on campus.
The remote, online option offers the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Exam (equivalent to the PERT) which can be completed at home, provided you have the required hardware. It is a fee-based administration via Examity. See more information and register for the remote Accuplacer.
The on-campus option is PERT, with limited face-to-face testing appointments on the Cocoa, Melbourne, and Palm Bay campuses. There is also an on-campus math placement exam ACCUPLACER’s Advanced Algebraic Functions (AAF) for mathematically advanced students who earn a 130+ on the PERT Math section.
On campus PERT testing appointments are now being scheduled via RegisterBlast, an online scheduling tool that is available 24/7. PERT appointments are Monday - Thursday, starting at 9 AM. The last appointment start time for the full PERT is 1:45 PM and appointments for single-subject PERT exams are up to 3 PM. View RegisterBlast details and make an appointment. ACCUPLACER AAF can be scheduled by calling the Assessment Center directly, as only qualifying students are eligible to take the AAF.
Once students have applied to EFSC, paid their admissions application fee, and received a student ID number, they may schedule a placement test appointment with either the on-campus (face-to-face) or remote option. 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 or for other non-enrollment purpose. Retests per EFSC Retest Policy require payment of a $10 retest fee plus small handling charge. The test is untimed and administered by computer. Each subsection consists of 30 questions and the projected time frame to complete each subtest is approximately 60 minutes.
The two tests have different scoring ranges. PERT subtest scores range from 50-150. ACCUPLACER subtest scores range from 200-300. A paper and pencil version of the test and special accommodations for disabled students is available. For purposes of placement testing, the PERT and the ACCUPLACER are considered the same test and fall under the 30 day test interval.
Exemption from the Common Placement Test is possible if:
- You've taken the SAT or ACT and earned scores that place you in college-level courses according to the placement chart.
- You've 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.
- You have successfully completed any required course in Development Education in the state of Florida.
- View more about placement testing exemptions and how they are applied to your student record.
Test scores are expected to improve on the subsequent attempts as long as review of the subject material occurs. Dual Enrollment High School students may exercise a subject retest option twice during a 12-month period for a $10 retest fee plus small handling charge. Degree seeking students may retake the Common Placement Test (either the PERT or ACCUPLACER) after 30 days from the first test administration date, provided they are not currently enrolled in coursework related to subject covered in the retest. There is a $10 retest fee per test (plus a small handling fee), and there are situations where documentation of subject review is required. Retest administrations will be done with alternating forms.
Please note, the PERT and ACCUPLACER are both considered a Common Placement Test. Whether the first test was the PERT or ACCUPLACER, a retest using either test cannot take place until at least 30 days after the first test session.
Since retesting may require a retest fee, requests are screened for accuracy prior to scheduling the retest appointment. Retest appointments will be available for single subject, two subject, and three subject exams. This enables the Assessment Center to maximize seating capacity in the lab while maintaining social distancing protocols.
Students must use the RegisterBlast portal to request a retest appointment Access Code. Titan student email will be used if an application has been submitted (non high school students). After approval is granted, the assessment center will send you a second, separate email with an access code that will allow you to schedule your appointment through RegisterBlast by Campus, normally within 3 business days of the initial submission. The Access code will ensure the student will be billed the appropriate retest fee amount or if a retest fee is required under EFSC's Retest Policy.
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.