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Question 1: What is an entry-level assessment?
Students who do not qualify for an exemption or do not attain college ready scores in Accuplacer's CPT, SAT I, or ACT that are less than two years old or for those who do not have scores, must take the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) to determine entry-level placement. Placements are based on performance on one or more of the approved common placement tests. Non-exempt students who do not meet the college entry-level cut scores with PERT will be placed into the appropriate college developmental education courses.
Question 2: What qualifies as a placement test exemption?
• SAT-1, Enhanced ACT or CPT/FELPT (within the last 24 months) and earned scores that place you in college-level courses according to the placement chart.
• You've earned an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree or higher, or have earned college-level credit at a C or higher in English and/or mathematics from a regionally-accredited institution. Official transcripts are required. Earned credits in either area will exempt placement test in that subject.
• You’ve entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma, or
• Serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services
Question 3: How do I activate an exemption?
Those who are not required to take the placement test or remediation must visit an advisor to complete the "Common Placement Test Waiver" form. The advisor will explain the student's options and help in the development of an educational plan. The student's record will be flagged that the student is "exempt" from testing and remediation.
Question 4: What do I do if I am not sure if I should execute my waiver options?
New state law related to developmental education reform provides for exempt students to opt out of placement testing and does not require enrollment into developmental education coursework. However, all degree-seeking students will be encouraged to take a placement test to determine college readiness. After assessment, they can meet with an Academic Advisor who will evaluate the previous high school and college academic record in order to alien your education plan with your personal career goals. The advisor can then present you academic options to best achieve academic success that meets your career goals. Some restrictions apply to Veterans benefits and there may be an impact on financial aid based on the options you elect. An advisor and the financial aid staff can help with those issues. Exemption status does not prohibit the exempt student from placement testing or enrollment in any developmental education option.
Question 5: What is PERT?
The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is:
•Customized by Florida faculty to align with the Florida Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards.
•Used as Florida’s primary placement exam
•An instrument to better gauge a student’s readiness for college and accurately place students in classes to increase progression rates and help them graduate sooner.
•Offers both placement and diagnostic capabilities to help educators identify specific areas of strength, as well as targeted areas where improvement is needed.
Question 6: When and where are the tests given?
The PERT is administered by appointment only at Testing Centers on each campus. Once students have submitted application to EFSC and paid their Admission Fee, they may call 632-1111 and select “0” to schedule a PERT test appointment. High school students seeking to Dual Enroll may be tested without application submission by providing EFSC with complete name, date of birth, social security number, High school, and current grade level.
Question 7: Are there fees to take the PERT?
There is no testing fee for first-time-in-college students who have not previously taken the PERT at EFSC. High School Dual Enrollment students may be tested in PERT annually at no charge. Degree-seeking students who are retaking all or part of the PERT must wait 30 days and will be assessed a $10 retest fee. Dual Enrollment High School students may exercise a subject retest option twice within a 12 month period of time for a $10 retest fee. For EFSC's retest policy click here. A $35 Test fee will be assessed for non-EFSC students who are applying for admission to another College (non-Florida residents will be assessed $60). Contact the Testing Center for more information.
Question 8: Are transfer students required to take the PERT?
Transfer students who have successfully completed a college English course are exempt from the reading and writing portion of the PERT. Likewise, students who have successfully completed a college mathematics course are exempt from the mathematics portion of these tests. Students who have successfully completed college developmental education courses at another Florida institution are exempt from the subject subtests of the PERT. These students are placed in courses based on their transfer credit, not their test scores. They must work with Academic Advisors to determine placement until transfer credits are evaluated by the College-wide Records Office.
Non-exempt transfer students who have not successfully completed an English or math course with a grade of C or higher must take the PERT in the applicable subject(s).
Question 9: Are there special arrangements for students with disabilities?
EFSC offers special testing accommodations for students who have documented disabilities. Documentation must be provided to Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL) office prior to testing and students must allow sufficient time for SAIL to determine the appropriate accommodation(s). Testing accommodations are made on an individual basis. Students with temporary disabilities must also be pre-approved through SAIL. Documentation submitted on the day of testing will not be honored.
Question 10: What should I bring to the test?
On test day, you will need your photo bearing government or state-issued ID, as well as your student ID number, provided by Admissions. High School students without a government issued photo ID or High school ID may be admitted with an executed, photo bearing Student Identification Letter from your high school, such as those prepared for SAT or ACT test identification purposes. For a template, click here.
Although most test publishers do not consider a student ID as government issued, we will accept your EFSC student ID card as a Primary ID when testing at an EFSC testing site. Some tests have special ID requirements and EFSC will always adhere to the test publishers requirements. High School students seeking to Dual Enroll may test prior to submission of an application when they provide certain demographic information. The PERT is administered on a computer. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion so you can work out your answers.
Question 11: What are the testing regulations, including ability to retest?
For Dual Enrollment purposes, High school students may take the PERT once a calendar year at no charge. First time in college (FTIC), degree-seeking students may also take the PERT after high school graduation at no additional charge. All retesting in PERT (or accepting of PERT test scores from external sources) with be in accordance with the EFSC Retest policy.
To be seated for test administration you must sign in, present your photo ID (or photo bearing Student Identification Letter for high school students who do not have a government issued ID) for verification and receive oral testing instructions before beginning the PERT.
All personal belongings will be secured in a locker and be unavailable for personal use during test administration. After receiving verbal instructions, you will be seated at a computer station to take the test and asked to preview a pre-test information presentation.
No cell phones, calculators, watches, headgear, sunglasses or electronic devices are permitted in the testing area.
Failure to follow testing directions or regulations may invalidate your test scores.
Question 12: How does the PERT work?
The purpose of Florida’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is to adequately assess your academic skills in mathematics, reading and writing in order to place you in the most appropriate classes for academic success. PERT assessments are computer-adaptive, which means the questions are chosen based on your answers to previous questions. You will not be permitted to change your answer once you have moved on to the next question nor can you leave a question unanswered. However, all of the PERT assessments are untimed so you have as much time as you need to consider each question before submitting your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, you are encouraged to select an answer by eliminating one or more of the answer options and then select from the remaining choices. You will not be allowed to bring a calculator with you; however, for certain questions, a pop-up calculator will be available for your use. Your scores on each assessment will be available immediately after you submit your test and your test administrator will provide you with a copy of the results.
Question 13: How should I prepare for my test?
You cannot fail the PERT – it is only used to determine which courses are best for you. Since you are only permitted two attempts on the PERT test, we encourage you to take the PERT seriously so that your course placement is accurate. Use the PERT Study Guide to get a better understanding of how the test is laid out and the types of questions you may be asked.
Question 14: Is there a tutorial on using the computer keyboard and mouse?
Computers with Internet access are available to current students on all EFSC campuses in The Learning Labs. This is a place that you can practice your computer skills before the test.
Question 15: Will I take the test on a computer?
You will use a computer to take the PERT and a mouse to enter your answers. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion of the test. There is no essay on the PERT. A test proctor will always be present should you have any questions or problems. Test proctors can resolve any difficulties you may experience during testing so please notify them if needed.
Question 16: What should I do after the test?
You will be prompted to locate the test proctor when you finish the PERT. The test proctor will print your test scores, and will provide you a personal copy. Test scores will be entered into the BANNER system where EFSC student records are stored so that Academic Advisors can assist you with your course registration.
Question 17: What if I have questions about being placed in certain courses?
You may ask questions about your placement when you meet with your Advisor. Placement into certain courses is based on your exemption status and options you choose to follow, test scores and state minimum score requirements.