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.

Any Seminole State degree-seeking, first-time-in-college, college-credit and certificate-seeking student whose degree or certificate program is 12 or more credits must take the PERT. Such students may not register for any credit course at Seminole State until they have a set of complete scores on file.

This includes students in the following groups:

  • 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 provide documentation for one of the following scenarios:

  • The student's official ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER/CPT scores high enough to place the student into college-level coursework at Seminole State. If multiple test results are on record, the highest scores are used.
  • The student has SAT scores of 440 or higher on verbal/critical reading and 440 or higher on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033).
  • The student has 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).
  • The student has 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
SAT - Verbal/Critical Reading 440 ENC 1101: English I*
SAT - Math 440 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra
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
PERT - Reading Skills 106 ENC 1101: English I*
PERT - Writing Skills 103 ENC 1101: English I*
PERT - Math Skills 114 MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra**

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-10.315 also requires students to begin competency-based preparatory instruction during their first 12 hours at Seminole State, based on placement test results. This Rule does not provide Seminole State authority to make exceptions to this requirement.
  • 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, available in Student Services (room A-103).

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
50 - 113
  • MAT 0057: Pre-College Mathematics
114 - 122
  • MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra
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
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: Pre-Calculus Algebra or MAC 1147: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry* or MAC 2233: Concepts of Calculus
97-120 MAC 2311: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  Recommended score of 70 for MAC 1147
70-96 MAC 1147: Pre-Calculus 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 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.

Important Reminders for Advisors

  • The same withdrawal practices apply to all developmental reading, writing and math courses.
  • Students may take the PERT up to three times in a two-year period.
  • Students who do not pass the state exit exam for a developmental course may take the ACCUPLACER/CPT for access to the next-level course. Minimum score requirements must be met in order to enter a college-level course. 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.
  • Students who fail to earn a letter grade of "C" or higher in a developmental course have two options for gaining access to the subsequent course:
    1. Repeat the course and earn a "C" or higher.
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/CPT after the course ends, and meet the minimum score requirements for next-level course placement. Note: Meeting placement scoring requirements will not remove a "D" or "F" from a student's transcript. The only way to remove/replace a failing grade is to retake the developmental course and achieve a "C" or higher. A developmental course grade of "D" or "F," while visible on the student's transcript, does not count toward his or her college-credit GPA.

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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