Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

If you plan on utilizing the testing center on Saturdays* or after 6 p.m. on weeknights, testing fees must be paid by credit card, money order or check.

*Saturday testing is available only in D-108 on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

As a new Seminole State student, you may be required or opt to take a placement test. If you do not have test scores on file, you may take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), which is used to assess your comprehension in reading, writing and mathematics skills and determine your course placement. The test is offered at the Assessment and Testing Office on any Seminole State campus. PERT practice tests are available at the Department of Education's PERT page.

Students who meet the following criteria are required to take the PERT:

  • All students seeking dual enrollment
  • All students who cannot provide ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER/CPT or PERT official scores or scores on an official transcript by the date of their advising appointment/session

All students who studied ESOL in high school or studied part of high school in a country where English is not the only official language are required to:

  • Complete a timed writing sample for possible placement into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in addition to having college ready PERT, ACT or SAT scores
  • Complete the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) test in addition to completing the timed writing sample if PERT, ACT or SAT scores are not college-ready
  • Score at LOEP EAP Intermediate (EAP 400) level to take the PERT math test
  • Complete the EAP sequence without a retake of PERT/LOEP after starting sequence. (Students may retake after two years' absence from sequence for advancement purposes)

Students Exempt from PERT Testing

Seminole State students are exempt from taking PERT unless needed as a prequisite for a specific course, if they have test scores that meet the following criteria:

  • Official ACT or SAT scores less than two years old that place the student into college-level coursework at Seminole State. If multiple test results are on record, the highest subtest scores are used.
  • SAT scores of 440 or higher on verbal/critical reading; 440 or above on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) or Mathematical Understanding and Applications (MAT 1100).
  • ACT scores of 19 or better in reading, 17 or better in English, and 19 or better on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) or Mathematical Understanding and Applications (MAT 1100).
  • ACCUPLACER/CPT scores of 83 or above on Reading Comprehension, 83 or above on Writing Skills, and 72 on Elementary Algebra.
Requirements for Exemption from College Preparatory Coursework
Assessment TestMinimum ScoreCourse Placement
ACT - English 17 ENC 1101: English I*
ACT - Reading 19 ENC 1101: English I*
ACT - Math 19 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra or MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Applications
SAT - Verbal/Critical Reading 440 ENC 1101: English I*
SAT - Math 440 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra or MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Applications
ACCUPLACER/CPT - Sentence Skills 83 ENC 1101: English I*
ACCUPLACER/CPT - Reading 83 ENC 1101: English I*
ACCUPLACER/CPT - Elementary Algebra 72 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra or MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Appliations
PERT - Reading Skills 106 ENC 1101: English I*
PERT - Writing Skills 103 ENC 1101: English I*
PERT - Math Skills 114 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra** or MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Applications

Any score presented that is below the score needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate PERT subtest(s) unless:

  • The student attended a regionally accredited college or university in which English was the language of instruction and completed college-level or the highest college-preparatory-level coursework, as evaluated by Seminole State, in English and/or mathematics with a grade of C or higher
  • Official Seminole State record indicates that the student is enrolled in another college or university and has applied to Seminole State as a transient student
  • Official Seminole State record indicates that the student is enrolled for teacher recertification

Important Reminders for Students

  • College developmental courses have a first digit of zero (0). They do not count toward a degree. However, these courses do count toward eligibility for VA benefits, financial aid and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Rule 6A-14.0301 limits students to three attempts to pass each developmental course, including original grades, repeat grades and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt, the student is assessed the full cost of instruction, is not permitted to withdraw and receives a grade for the course. The student may petition to waive the full cost of instruction due to extenuating circumstances or financial hardship by using the Request for Exemption for Full Cost of Instruction form, from a Student Services Specialist.

To find your placement based on your PERT scores, check the table below, or download the PERT Placement Model.

Required Developmental Writing and Reading courses (or required EAP courses, if applicable) must be completed prior to entering English I and/or any Gordon Rule Course.

 ScoreResult/Course Placement
Reading Skills 50 - 105
  • REA 0019: Developmental Reading; or
  • LOEP for EAP placement
> 106
  • ENC 1101: English I
    No Prep reading required
Writing Skills 50 - 102
  • ENC 0022: Developmental Writing; or
  • LOEP/writing sample for EAP placement
> 103
  • ENC 1101: English I 
  • No Prep writing required; writing sample required for EAP students
Math
Skills
50 - 113
  • MAT 0057: Pre-College Mathematics
114 - 122
  • MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra; or
  • MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Applications
123 - *150
  • MAC 1105: College Algebra; or
  • MGF 1106: College Mathematics; or
  • MGF 1107: Liberal Arts Mathematics; or
  • STA 2023: Statistical Methods I 

*If you score 130 or above you are eligible to take the CLM portion of the ACCUPLACER/CPT. See an academic advisor for details.

ACCUPLACER/CPT: College Level Math (CLM) Skills Score

ScoreResult/Course Placement
20-39 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra or MAT 1100: Mathematical Understanding and Applications
40-62 MAC 1105: College Algebra or MGF 1106: College Mathematics or MGF 1107: Liberal Arts Math or STA 2023:  Statistical Methods I
63-96 MAC 1114: Trigonometry or MAC 1140: Precalculus Algebra or MAC 1147: Precalculus with Trigonometry* or MAC 2233: Concepts of Calculus
97-120 MAC 2311: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  Recommended score of 70 for MAC 1147: Precalculus with Trigonometry
70-96 MAC 1147: Precalculus with Trigonometry

*MAC 1147 is recommended for those who achieve a score of 70 or higher.

Please note:

  • Precalculus, trigonometry and calculus courses are rigorous. Students enrolling in these courses are encouraged to meet with Richard Minton, associate dean of mathematics, to discuss course requirements prior to the start of classes. To set up a meeting, email mintonr@seminolestate.edu or call 407.708.2252

Information for Advisors

* Exemption from preparatory English coursework and subsequent enrollment in ENC 1101 (English I) require college-level placement scores in all language-based subtests of the PERT, ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER/CPT.

General Inforamtion

  • All Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing and Developmental Mathematics courses use the same withdrawal practices.
  • Students who fail the developmental courses may take ACCUPLACER/CPT. Normally, students must wait until grades are posted before taking ACCUPLACER/CPT; however, the developmental course professor may provide special permission during the last two weeks for early ACCUPLACER/CPT testing. If a student meets the college credit cutoff score, he or she may enter the college credit course for the following registration period. 
  • Students may not take ACCUPLACER/CPT for a developmental course in which they are currently enrolled, unless during the Add/Drop Period; otherwise, they must first withdraw from the course (within the advertised withdrawal period), wait until grades are posted, or be selected by the professor to take an early test. (Students selected typically perform at the A or B level in the developmental class.)
  • Note: EAP students must pass each course with a grade of C or higher in order to progress to the next-level course. EAP students who fail a course must repeat the course and earn a C or higher in order to enroll in ENC 1101 (English I) or any courses with ENC 1101 as a prerequisite or corequisite.

What should I bring on the day of the test?

Prior to taking any examination, you will need to present a current, valid and original photo ID with a signature (e.g., passport, driver’s license or state-issued ID card). If your photo ID does not include a signature, a second ID is required with your name and signature (e.g., Social Security card, voter registration card, credit card or debit card). The PERT is administered on a computer. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion so you can work out your answers.

  • ENC 0022C: Developmental Writing II; or
  • LOEP/writing sample for EAP placement
  • REA 0019: Developmental Reading; or
  • LOEP for EAP placement

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