Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
Effective March 2011, Broward College transitioned to the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Florida's new college placement test, as the primary placement mechanism. The PERT replaced the ACCUPLACER (CPT) as the primary placement test.
The PERT assesses readiness for college-level coursework in English and mathematics. The sections of the test include Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. There are 30 questions per subject area (25 operational items which are the basis of the student’s placement score and 5 field-test items which are designed to enhance continuously the operational test bank). The scaled score range for the subject tests is 50-150. All sections of the PERT are adaptive. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question in the order it is given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.
The test is untimed, but the average time to complete all three sections in one sitting is approximately 3 hours. A student’s scores determine appropriate course placement. Allot approximately 1 hour per subject area.
PERT is the primary placement test used at Broward College.
PERT test scores expire after 2 years if a student has never registered for the appropriate class corresponding to the specific subtest. Students must retest* on the PERT.
*There is a fee for all retest attempts.