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

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida’s new common placement test. This test is used by all 28 Florida colleges to determine whether or not a student is ready for college credit courses in math and English. The P.E.R.T. has been aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies that Florida’s faculty have identified as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The test vendor, McCann Associates, has worked collaboratively with the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges and Florida College System faculty to develop and tailor items to faculty specifications. P.E.R.T. is comprised of three 25-item, computer adaptive subtests in reading, writing and mathematics. Florida College System institutions began administering the P.E.R.T. in October 2010.

The P.E.R.T. assesses readiness for college-level coursework in English and mathematics. There are three subject area tests – reading, writing, and mathematics. A student’s scores determine appropriate course placement upon entering college.

The P.E.R.T. is a fully customized placement test. This means it is based on Florida’s Postsecondary Readiness Competencies and was developed according to the Department’s specifications. College placement tests like the College Board’s Accuplacer and ACT’s COMPASS have been widely used in states and institutions across the nation for years. The distinction between these existing college placement tests is the fact that the P.E.R.T. was developed collaboratively between the test vendor, McCann Associates, the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges and Florida postsecondary faculty. Every item on theP.E.R.T. has been reviewed and approved by Florida faculty who have volunteered their time and expertise.

The P.E.R.T. is aligned with knowledge and skills Florida faculty have determined to be essential for students entering college-level courses in English and mathematics. Faculty at Florida colleges were asked to identify the competencies critical for success in entry-level college credit courses. The test blueprint was then based on those prioritized competencies. In addition, each item on the reading, writing and mathematics subject area tests were reviewed and approved by Florida postsecondary faculty and aligned with a Postsecondary Readiness Competency.


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