Collegiate High School at NWFSC29th Season

Placement Testing


Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)


Appropriate course placement is critical for academic success. Accordingly, placement scores are required as part of the Collegiate High School admissions process. In addition, to ensure proper placement in college courses, the Florida Department of Education requires that first-time-in-college students who intend to enter degree programs will be tested prior to initial registration. College policy mandates that placement testing requirements be met prior to enrollment in any Gordon Rule course or class for which a Gordon Rule course is a prerequisite. Appropriate placement scores are also a requirement for eligibility into the NWFSC Dual Enrollment Program.

Students who need to take PERT should take the test at the earliest possible date. Photo ID is required.

Who needs to take the PERT?


If your ACT or SAT scores place you in college-level coursework in Reading, English, and Math, then you are exempt from taking the PERT. (See score levels below) However, if any of your scores are below college-level, you must take the PERT for that sub-test.

What are the minimum scores required for enrollment in college credit courses?


As of PERT tests taken October 22, 2013 and later, college level scores for the ACT, SAT, and the PERT are:

ACT: 17 English 19 Math 19 Reading
SAT: 440 Verbal 440 Math  
PERT: 106 Reading 103 Writing 114 Algebra

If a student has valid scores from the ACT, SAT, and/or PERT, the highest subtest score from each test will be used to determine placement levels.

How can I prepare for the PERT?


The PERT tests basic skills in reading comprehension, English sentence skills, and elementary algebra. To prepare for the PERT, for study resources please visit:


Can I retake all or part of the test to raise my scores?


Yes, you may retake all or part of the test. However, the State Board of Education approved an amendment to Rule 6A-10.0315, College Preparatory Testing, Placement and Instruction on May 21, 2013. The revisions become effective June 27, 2013. The restriction on the allowed number of testing attempts for high school and postsecondary students has been removed.

NWFSC policy states students may retest after 7 days.


When can I take the PERT?


You can take the PERT at any NWFSC campus or center.

The PERT Study link below has a list of all locations with current testing days and testing times. Some locations require appointments.

PERT Study Resources

What do I need to bring to the testing session?


A photo ID such as a Florida driver's license, Florida identification card issued to non-drivers, school ID, military ID, or passport is required. A school yearbook with picture and printed name can also be accepted as a form of photo ID. All testing supplies are furnished.

Do not bring cell phones to the test.
Personal calculators are NOT allowed during the test.

How long is the PERT?


PERT is untimed. There are three subtests: Reading, Writing and Math. Most examinees finish the test in 2-3 hours. It is not required to take all three parts on the same day.

I have already taken and passed the PERT at my high school? Do I need to retake the test?


You can have your scores sent to NWFSC on official school letterhead or on an official electronic transcript. If you are a dual enrollment student, NWFSC can accept your scores on the official dual enrollment form signed by your guidance counselor. NWFSC does not have access to the scores on the high school PERT database.

When will I receive my scores?


You will receive a printout of your PERT test scores upon completion of the test.

How do I know if my ACT/SAT tests scores are on file?


If you have taken the ACT or SAT exam within the last two years in the State of Florida your scores will be electronically retrieved once your admission application to NWFSC has been processed. ACT/SAT scores are also posted on Florida high school transcripts. You may also request scores from ACT or SAT using the contact information listed below.

Khan Academy
ACT

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College is committed to providing equal access to and equal opportunities for education to all students as guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws.

If you are a student with a documented disability that is limiting your academic access, please contact Disability Support Services to make an appointment to learn more about our services.

Disability Support Services

Northwest Florida State College
Building 410, Room 119
100 College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
Coordinator Phone: (850) 729-6079
Accommodation Specialists Phone: (850) 729-6014
Fax: (850) 729-6893
E-Mail: dss@nwfsc.edu


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Voice: (800) 955-8770
TTY: (800) 955-8771

Disability Support Services (DSS)

If you have special needs for which special accommodations may be appropriate to assist you with taking the PERT, please contact Disability Support Services.

Northwest Florida State College
Building 410, Room 119
100 College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: (850) 729-6079
Fax: (850) 729-6893
E-Mail: dss@nwfsc.edu


Florida Relay Service
In Florida: 711
Voice: (800) 955-8770
TTY: (800) 955-8771



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