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PERT

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. 



 Test Fees

 Testing Times

​Testing times differ from center opening and closing times.

Student Testing Times:  Students must be seated in the Testing Center no earlier/later than the time reflected below if they are taking all 3 sections of the PERT test!

Central Campus
​M,T,W,R

F

S
8:15am - 5:00pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
9:15pm - 12:30pm
North Campus
​M,T,W,R

F
​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
South Campus
​M,T,W,R

F
​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
Miramar West Center
​M,W

T,R,F

​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
Willis Holcombe Center
​M

T

W

R

F
​8:45am - 12:15pm
1:45pm - 3:45pm
*1:45pm - 1:45pm

8:45am - 10:45am
8:15am - 12:45pm
M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday, and S=Saturday
  • Times assume student is taking the full test. 
  • Check with Testing Center for test start and end times for partial test.
*Only one testing time slot is available at WHC for students to take the entire PERT due to limited hours of operation that day. 

 Accommodations

​Disability Services 

Instructions for requesting testing accommodations:

  1. Student presents documentation to Disability Services department.
  2. Disability Services department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. Disability Services department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.

 Retesting Policy

Test sections* covered by this policy:

  • PERT Reading
  • PERT Writing
  • PERT Math
Students can retest an unlimited number of time. Students must wait a minimum of 24 hours before retesting on any section of the PERT. (This applies to postsecondary students and dual enrollment students. College Academy students can only test once per admission period.) Remediation prior to each retest attempt is strongly encouraged. Visit your campus ASC or use the PERT test preparation section below for remediation information. There is a $15 retest fee for each retest attempt which must be paid prior to testing. PERT attempts during high school or at another institution do not count towards attempts at Broward College.
 
Secondary school students testing for Broward College:
  • Dual Enrollment purposes must provide a completed and signed testing referral form* from their high school guidance office prior to each test attempt.
    • *Home Schooled will get a testing referral form from the Campus Admissions Department.
  • College Academy purposes may only test once per admission period. Retesting is not allowed during the same admission period. 
    • Students may use the CA PERT Ticket only once.
  • Algebra 1 EOC purposes must provide a completed and signed testing referral form from their high school guidance office prior to each test attempt.
  • Private Middle School Students Transitioning to Public High Schools
    • The test can only be taken one time—no retests.
Per state rule 6A-10.0315, PERT test scores are valid for two (2) years. Retesting is required after scores expire.

*Non-Florida College Success test sections are not accepted by BC.  

 PERT Test Preparation Resources


 Secondary Testing

​Middle and high school students taking the PERT test at a Broward College Testing Center for Dual Enrollment (DE) or College Academy (CA) must adhere to the following procedures to be eligible to test at a BC Testing Center:

DE Testing Requirements:
  1. Testing is available year round.
  2. Must provide a completed and signed testing referral form* from their high school guidance office prior to each test attempt.
    • Students without an appropriate signature are not eligible to test. 
    • *Home Schooled will get a testing referral form from the Campus Admissions Department.
  3. Must have a BC ID# to test.
  4. Must have valid photo ID to test.

College Academy (CA) Testing Requirements:
  1. Testing is only available during the window specified by College Academy.
  2. A CA PERT testing ticket is required to test. The ticket is obtained from the College Academy at the time of application to the program. 
    • Students may use the CA PERT Ticket only once.
  3. CA applicants only have 1 test attempt per window period.
    • If a student attempt the PERT for traditional DE,  they can attempt the PERT for CA 1 time. (# 2 still applies)
  4. Must have a BC ID# to test.

Algebra 1 EOC Testing Requirements:

  • Available for students who entered 9th grade between 2011-2012 and 2017-2018 per State Rule 6A-1.09422
    • There is a $18.50 test fee for each test attempt.

 Remote Testing

​Students needing to take the PERT  who live outside of the South Florida area have the option to request remote placement testing accommodations. Students must follow these steps:

  • Students must have a BC ID # prior to making the requesting.
  • All requests must be approved by the Institutional Test Administrator (ITA) (mwebb@broward.edu) or designee prior to taking the test.
  • Requests must be received at least 10 business days prior to the preferred test date.
  • Student must locate a proctor in your geographic area at a postsecondary test center or for those serving in the military or foreign services, a military /government educational facility.
  • Students are responsible for all remote related proctoring fees as well as any BC testing fees.

remote testing options

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