About PERT

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is Florida's common placement test. This multiple choice, computer-adaptive test is used by all 28 members of the Florida College System. The purpose of the PERT is to assess academic skills, verify college readiness and determine course placement in mathematics, reading and writing.

To view a video about PERT, click here.

A free practice test is available when you create an account at

The PERT is untimed, so you have as much time as you need to consider each question before submitting your answer. You will not be permitted to check or change your answer once you have moved on to the next question. Each of the three subtests have 30 questions, and you should expect to spend approximately 45 - 60 minutes on each section. If you do not know the answer to a specific question, you are encouraged to try and answer the question 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 on the math subtest, a pop-up calculator will be available for your use. If you are taking the PERT on campus, your scores will be available immediately after you submit, and you will receive a copy of the results. For those taking the exam at home with Honorlock (a remote proctoring service), the score report will be emailed once the video of your test session has been reviewed. This may take 24-48 hours.

First-time-in-college degree seeking students and students who have not met college level competency should take the PERT prior to registration. Test scores used for initial enrollment cannot be more than two years old. Test scores will not be required for non-degree seeking, transient, and transfer students who have completed appropriate English and math courses.

A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-04 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Services is not required to take the PERT and is not required to enroll in developmental instruction.


The fee for the PERT is $6.50 for one subset, $11.50 for two subsets, $18.50 for three subsets. Payment will be required when the testing appointment is scheduled on RegisterBlast.

High school students who come to the Chipola Testing Center to take the PERT for dual enrollment must bring a letter from their counselor in order to have the testing fee waived. The fee will be waived only for the first attempt on the PERT. The fee is not waived for graduating high school seniors who need to take the PERT for scholarship purposes. For those using a waiver please call the Testing Center to make an appointment.

Retest Policy

An examinee may retest on the PERT after 30 days.

High school students attempting to qualify for Dual Enrollment or Early Admission will be allowed to retake the PERT at the Chipola College Testing Center after 30 days. In order to retest, students should make an appointment on RegisterBlast and pay the applicable fees.

Placement Scores

  Score Course Required
READING 106-150 ENC 1101*
WRITING 103-150 ENC 1101*
MATH 123-150 MAC 1105 OR HIGHER


PERT Schedule

The PERT is offered Monday-Thursday throughout the year. Students should schedule an appointment on RegisterBlast. Seating is limited and test appointments must be made at least 24 hours prior to the desired testing date.

Testing under "special conditions" will be handled individually through the Office of Student Disabilities and the Vice President of Student Affairs.