FTIC Placement Testing PERT
State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 mandates that all non-exempt first-time-in-college (FTIC) applicants for admission to state colleges and universities who apply to enter degree programs (bachelor's or associate) must be tested for reading, writing and mathematics proficiency prior to the completion of registration, using one or more of the prescribed tests (ACT, SAT, PERT or Accuplacer/CPT) and must enroll in college developmental communication and computation instruction if the test scores are lower than those required by the state. The state-mandated Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is used in conjunction with the Accuplacer/CPT for college-credit placement into math courses.
Entry-level placement test scores must be less than two years old. 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.
Placement Testing & Developmental Exemptions
Please refer to Developmental Courses section of the catalog for exemption information.
Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
For college-credit students without a current ACT, Accuplacer/CPT, PERT or SAT score, Seminole State administers the PERT as the primary placement test. Institutional standards have been established for placing students in certain levels of courses based on the PERT scores. The PERT Refresh Program is available for students who wish to challenge their initial PERT outcome. Transfer students who have completed either the first level college credit English or math class (or successfully completed the last sequential developmental course) do not need to take a placement test. Completion of entry testing is required prior to participation in new student orientation and advisement and prior to registration for any course that has a math or English prerequisite.
Degree-seeking, non-exempt FTIC students and all non-exempt college credit, certificate-seeking students 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.
Students in these groups must take the PERT:
- All students seeking Early College/dual enrollment.
- Non-exempt students who took a placement examination more than two years ago but never enrolled into a Florida public postsecondary institution. Students must complete the PERT refresh program before retesting.
- Non-exempt students who cannot provide ACT, SAT, PERT or Accuplacer/CPT official scores or scores on an official transcript by the date of their advising appointment.
- Non-exempt students who studied ESOL in high school or completed a portion 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, Accuplacer/CPT or SAT scores;
- Complete the Level of English Proficiency (ESL/LOEP) test in addition to completing the timed writing sample if PERT, ACT, Accuplacer/CPT or SAT scores are not college ready;
- Score at ESL/LOEP, EAP Intermediate (EAP 400) level to take PERT math test;
- Complete EAP sequence without retaking the PERT/LOEP after starting the sequence (students may retake after two years' absence from sequence for advancement purposes).
Non-exempt students are exempt from taking the PERT unless needed as a prerequisite for a specific course, if they provide written documentation for one of the following:
- Official ACT, Accuplacer/CPT, PERT or SAT scores less than two years old that place the student into college-level coursework at Seminole State.
Note: The college may not mandate students to retest for placement if students have former placement scores older than two years old and have enrolled (whether enrolled into developmental courses or not) into a Florida public postsecondary institution.
- SAT (prior to March 1, 2016) scores of 440 or above on verbal/critical reading; 440 or above on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033).
- New SAT (since March 1, 2016) scores of 24 or above in reading, 25 or above in writing and language and 24 or above in mathematics for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033).
- ACT scores of 19 or above on the reading and, 17 or above on English and 19 or above on math for placement into Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033). Any score presented which is below that needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate PERT subtest(s).
- Attended a regionally accredited college or university in which English was the language of instruction and have completed college-level or the highest college developmental-level coursework as evaluated by Seminole State in English and/or mathematics with a grade of "C" or higher.
- Official Seminole State record indicating that the student is enrolled in another college or university and has applied to Seminole State as a transient student.
- Official Seminole State record indicating that the student is enrolled for teacher recertification.
PERT Placement Scores
English Placement (PERT)
Reading Skills Score (> 106) plus Writing Skills score (> 103) = ENC 1101.
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.
Reading Skills Score
50 - 105 = REA 0019 Developmental Reading or LOEP for EAP placement. REA 0055 Developmental Reading Module (If non-exempt, must have score of 101-105).
> 106 = No Prep reading required.
Writing Skills Score
50 - 102 = ENC 0022 Developmental Writing or LOEP/writing sample for EAP Placement.
ENC 0055 Deveopmental Writing Module (If non-exempt, must have score of 98-102).
> 103 = No Prep writing required; writing sample required for EAP students.
Mathematics Placement (PERT)
Mathematics Skills Score
50 - 113 = MAT 0057 Pre-College Mathematics or MAT 0022 Developmental Mathematics Combined.
MAT 0055 Develpmental Math Module (If non-exempt, must have score of 109-113).
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 Math or STA 2023 Statistical Methods I.
*Students who score 130 or above are eligible to take the CLM portion of the Accuplacer/CPT. Please refer to the information below when working with students who have taken the CLM portion of the Accuplacer/CPT.
Accuplacer/CPT: College Level Math (CLM) Skills Score
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 1140 Pre-calculus Algebra or MAC 1114 Trigonometry or MAC 2233 Concepts of Calculus.
97 - 120 = MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I.
Recommended score of 70 for MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry.
Retaking the PERT
To be eligible to retake the PERT, Seminole State students must refresh their skills. Students may take the PERT three times at the college level. Between the initial PERT attempt and the PERT Refresh, each student must complete a remediation program. Acceptable remediation shall be a diagnostic exam plus an Internet-based remediation for the deficient skills found via the diagnostic exam. Students should follow these seven easy steps to complete the requirement:
- Step 1: Go to the testing office and request the diagnostic exam. The testing specialist will set the $16.50 fee to your account and grant you 10-week access to the online remediation program, MyFoundationsLab (MFL).
- Step 2: Go to the Seminole State Cashiers Office and pay the testing fee.
- Step 3: Take the diagnostic exam. Please arrive at least 2 1/2 hours before closing.
- Step 4: Receive your test results and learn how to access MyFoundationsLab from the testing specialist. Based on each student's skill deficiency as shown by the diagnostic tests, the MyFoundationsLab will provide instructions about the specific skill and practice exams to check mastery. However, please use the "MFL Mastery Planner" to set testing goals.
- Step 5: Locate a computer for the MFL remediation. You may use computers at specified campus locations or access the remediation program from home.
- Step 6: Take the appropriate Mastery Quiz that meets your goals. Students may NOT retake the PERT without scoring at least 70 percent on the MFL Mastery Quiz. After proficiency is attained through the practice exams, students must complete the MFL Mastery Quiz and score at least 70 percent to be eligible to retake the PERT. (The Testing Specialist will electronically check your MFL record to determine "time spent on the module" and "the percent correct on the MFL Mastery Quiz" before allowing you to retake the PERT.)
- Step 7: Pay for the PERT retest. Although the initial PERT is free, the retest cost is $10. Please visit the testing location at which you plan to take the exam and request that the testing specialist set your fee. To pay this fee, please follow the instructions in Step 2 (above). The cost to retake the PERT is $10 per testing session, regardless of how many subtests you will be retaking.
General Rules regarding the PERT Refresh Program:
- Students may only take the PERT three times at the college level within a two-year period.
- Students who have withdrawn from a course must go through the PERT Refresh Program, including the diagnostic test and MyFoundations Lab Mastery Quiz with a score of 70%.