Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

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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 to determine your course placement. The test is offered at the Assessment and Testing Office on any Seminole State campus. PERT practice tests are available on the College Success website.

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

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

*PERT  is available at SLM, ALT & OVI by walk-in only
* For Remote Testing, utilize ACCUPLACER 

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

Students Exempt from PERT Testing

Seminole State students are exempt from taking PERT (unless it's needed as a prerequisite for a specific course) if they provide written documentation for one of 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.
  • ACCUPLACER Next Gen scores of 256 or above on Reading Comprehension, 253 or above on Writing Skills, and 261 on Elementary 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
  • Please see the Placement Testing: Comparative Chart for the current required minimum test scores  

PERT Practice

Need extra practice? The Academic Success Center has review materials and can help you prepare for the PERT.

PERT for First-Time Students

New to the PERT exam?
Review the PERT for First-Time Test Takers webpage for test instructions and tips for taking the placement test.

PERT Refresher Instructions

Need to retake the PERT exam?
Visit the PERT Refresh webpage for instructions, information, and examination day reminders.


For additional questions regarding the PERT exam, please visit the Testing Center's Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

PERT Placement

To find your placement based on your PERT scores, expand 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 Skills50 - 105
  • REA 0019: Developmental Reading, or
  • LOEP for EAP placement
> 106
  • ENC 1101: English I
    No Developmental Reading required
Writing Skills50 - 102
  • ENC 0022: Developmental Writing, or
  • LOEP/writing sample for EAP placement
> 103
  • ENC 1101: English I 
  • No Developmental Writing required; writing sample required for EAP students
50 - 113
  • MAT 0057: Pre-College Mathematics, or
  • MAT 0022: Developmental Mathematics Combined, or
  • MAT 0055: Developmental Math Module
114 - 122
  • MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra; or
  • MGF 1106: College Mathematics, or
  • MGF 1107: Liberal Arts Math, or
  • STA 2023: Statistical Methods I
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 Advance Algebra Functions (AAF) portion of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER. See an academic advisor for details.

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.

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.

Aging of Placement Scores

  • Non-exempt students who have placement scores older than two years but have never enrolled into a Florida postsecondary institution "are" mandated to retest for placement purposes
  •  The college may not mandate students to retest for placement if students have former placement scores and have enrolled (whether enrolled into developmental courses or not) into a Regionally Accredited Post-Secondary institution. 
  • For students in ENC 1101 and MAT 1033 (with or without previous test scores), who have a “D” or “F” (and scores greater than 2 years old) may be placed into ENC 1101 or MAT 1033 without further testing. We may encourage students who have been away for an extended period of time (greater than two years) to retest, but it is not required. 
  • Students who wish to repeat courses (including developmental courses) where they have a passing grade of P or C or higher or posted test credits, cannot 'self-serve' for those repeat courses. They will use the normal repeat procedure, e.g., if repeating a “C” or above the student must petition. The code of “RTNC” (Retake No Credit) is used. The student gets a grade but no credits.

General Information

  • PERT takes 2.5 - 3 hours. Testing must be completed in the same day, unless a seven day extension is needed.
  • All Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing and Developmental Mathematics courses use the same withdrawal practices.
  • Students who fail the developmental courses may take ACCUPLACER. Normally, students must wait until grades are posted before taking ACCUPLACER; however, the developmental course professor may provide special permission during the last two weeks for early ACCUPLACER 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 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.


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