The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is the placement test Florida uses to determine whether students are ready for college-level coursework. The PERT consists of three sections: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This is an adaptive test that consists of 30 questions per section. It typically takes three hours to complete.

PERT scores are valid for two years.


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Before taking the PERT exam, you must meet with an advisor and schedule your test at least 24 hours in advance.

Exam Day

On the day of your exam, bring in a valid form of government-issued photo identification. If you do not present a valid ID, your test will be rescheduled. Valid forms of ID are:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued photo ID
  • Passport

Arrive at least 15 minutes before your testing appointment.

Pay any fees associated with taking the PERT.

Store electronic devices and personal items in a secure locker at the testing center.

Children and guests are not allowed in the testing area. Children may not be left unattended at the Testing Center or other areas of the college while you take your exam.


  • No fee for SFSC students taking the PERT for the first time. (The cost is covered by the SFSC student application fee.)
  • $5 for SFSC students retaking the PERT
  • $25 for test-takers who are not SFSC students
  • $10 per exam section for non-SFSC students retaking the PERT


If you do not pass the PERT, you must wait 30 days before retaking it. During that time, you must participate in some form of remediation and obtain a referral form from the Advising and Counseling Center.

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