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Common Placement Testing

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is to determine accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.

The (P.E.R.T.) Placement is administered to students in public high schools and Florida College System institutions to determine readiness for Intermediate Algebra, MAT 1033, and Freshman Composition I, ENC 1101. The P.E.R.T.assessment is a computer adaptive test (C.A.T.) with 25 operational items that will be the basis of the student's placement score and five (5) field test items which are designed to continuously enhance the operational test bank.

Based on recent legislation, a student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-04 school year or after, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the US Armed Services are not required to take the common placement test and are not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution.

These students may enroll in developmental educational courses, but are not required to do so.

Students who are placed into developmental education have an opportunity to take the (P.E.R.T.) Diagnostic to identify specific deficiencies. There are two linear Diagnostic tests for each subject area - one for lower level developmental education and another for upper level.

State Board Rule 6A-10.0315, establishes the test scores used to determine whether a student is ready for college level coursework. If a student does not meet the state established cut score, this indicates that additional preparation may be necessary before entering college level courses. For those who do not meet the state established cut score, the score is an indicator that additional preparation is necessary before entering college level courses. For high school students who do not meet the college-ready cut score on the P.E.R.T., the high school must offer those students postsecondary preparatory instruction.

The scaled scores on the P.E.R.T. Placement range from 50-150. The current course placement score ranges for the (P.E.R.T.) are:

Mathematics
Lower Level Developmental Education Scores of 50-95
Higher Level Developmental Education Scores of 96-113
Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) Scores of 114-122
College Algebra or higher (MAC 1105) Scores of 123-150

*114 is the college-ready cut score for mathematics.

Reading
Lower Level Developmental Education Scores of 50-83
Higher Level Developmental Education Scores of 84-105
Freshman Composition Skills I (ENC 1101) Scores of 106*-150

*106 is the college-ready cut score for reading.

Writing
Lower Level Developmental Education Scores of 50-89
Higher Level Developmental Education Scores of 90-102
Freshman Composition Skills I (ENC 1101) Scores of 103*-150

*103 is the college-ready cut score for writing.

Additional College-Ready Measures Approved by the State Board of Education

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test
(a) Reading 106 ENC 1101
(b) Writing 103
(c) Mathematics 114 MAT 1033


Accuplacer, The College Board
Reading Comprehension 83 ENC 1101
Writing Skills 83
Elementary Algebra 72 MAT 1033


SAT-I, The College Board
Verbal 440 ENC 1101
Mathematics 440 MAT 1033


Enhanced ACT, American College Testing Program
Reading 19 ENC 1101
English 17
Mathematics 19 MAT 1033


Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading
Reading 262 ENC 1101, REA

Florida Statutes

  • 1008.30 - Common placement testing for public postsecondary education

State Board of Education Rule

  • 6A-10.0315 (Word) - College Placement Testing and Instruction

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