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Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T)

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The purpose of the P.E.R.T.  is to determine which course placements are appropriate for students and whether or not remedial work is needed. P.E.R.T. uses computerized adaptive testing technology to select specific test questions that are best suited for each particular test taker. A student’s performance on one P.E.R.T. question determines the difficulty level of the next question that will be delivered. Two things determine a student’s score: how many questions were answered correctly and the difficulty level of the questions that were answered correctly.

The P.E.R.T. is an untimed exam which includes three computer-adaptive, multiple choice tests. The three core tests include Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

  • P.E.R.T. scores identify appropriate course placement (developmental education through college credit).
  • Assesses students readiness before enrolling in ENC 1101 and MAT 1033
  • 30 questions per subtest consisting of 25 operational items (basis of the student’s placement score) and 5 field test items to continuously enhance the operational test bank


Placement Test Scores
All placement test score results and test scores used for exemption to taking a placement test are valid for 2 years.  There is an exception for Adult Education placement testing. 


P.E.R.T. Exemptions Per Florida State Rule 6A-10.0315:

A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education. 

Students who entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to the 2003-2004 school year or did not attend a Florida public high school must take the Florida Post Secondary Education Test (P.E.R.T.) or submit SAT, ACT, Accuplacer or FCAT scores that exempt them from the college developmental education program or they must submit college transcripts that show the completion of Freshman English I or Intermediate Algebra. 


P.E.R.T. sample test:

P.E.R.T. Study Guide: .E.R.T.

DSC School of Mathematics P.E.R.T. Study Guides -    Arithmetic     Algebra I     Algebra II


Assessment Services is responsible for monitoring test sessions.   Daytona State College does not tolerate cheating nor disruptive behavior.  If an examinee is suspected of cheating, testing will be stopped and the examinee will be directed to leave the area.  The test may be voided.   The incident will be reported to college officials and disciplinary action may be taken.

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Last updated: 2015-08-03T15:44:38.643Z