PERT for First-Time Test Takers
Preparing for a computerized placement test is very important. First-time test takers should study for a minimum of two hours to ensure that their test results accurately reflect their English, reading and mathematics skill levels.
Steps for Taking the Placement Test
- Begin studying: The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is a computerized test, so it is important to practice taking the test electronically. Seminole State has created an online practice area that will allow you to assess your abilities and improve your test-taking skills.
- Decide when you will take the test: The placement test is administered on a walk-in basis at the Assessment and Testing Center on each campus.
- Find out which materials are required and allowed for your test: You will be required to sign a Testing Agreement before being allowed to test, which will advise you about restricted materials. You can also find information about which of your own materials you will be allowed to bring by reading the Testing Center's Prohibited Items policy.
- Pay for the test: There is no testing fee for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students who have not previously taken a computerized placement test or had one reflected on their transcripts. Seminole State students who are retaking all or part of the test will be assessed a $10 fee. Payment must be received before testing can begin. Contact the Assessment and Testing Center for more information.
- Take the test:Visit your preferred testing location during regular testing hours.
- Final steps: Complete Seminole State's online student orientation, and schedule an advisement appointment with the Academic Advising and Counseling Department. Your advisor will help you interpret your test scores and place you in the appropriate courses.
What should I bring on the day of the test?
A Current, valid and original photo ID with a signature is required prior to taking any examination, e.g., Driver’s License (U.S. only), official Florida ID, high school ID or passport. If the photo ID does not include a signature, a second ID is requiredwith the student’s name and a signature, e.g., social security card, voter’s registration card, credit or debit card. The PERT is "only" offered to Seminole State students and is administered on a computer. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion so you can work out your answers.