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

Due to the limited amount of seats, Assessment Services is by appointment only


Assessment can be contacted at or 386-506-3067.

A valid photo ID is required for all exams or services provided by Daytona State College Assessment Services.

The purpose of the P.E.R.T.  is to determine which course placements are appropriate for students and whether or not remedial work is needed. P.E.R.T. uses computerized adaptive testing technology to select specific test questions that are best suited for each particular test taker. A student’s performance on one P.E.R.T. question determines the difficulty level of the next question that will be delivered. Two things determine a student’s score: how many questions were answered correctly and the difficulty level of the questions that were answered correctly.

The P.E.R.T. is an untimed exam which includes three computer-adaptive, multiple choice tests. The three core tests include Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

  • P.E.R.T. scores identify appropriate course placement (developmental education through college credit).
  • Assesses students readiness before enrolling in ENC 1101 and MAT 1033
  • 30 questions per subtest 
  • Scores are valid for 2 years. 


P.E.R.T. Exemptions Per Florida State Rule 6A-10.0315:

A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education. 

Students who entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to the 2003-2004 school year or did not attend a Florida public high school must take the Florida Post Secondary Education Test (P.E.R.T.) or submit SAT, ACT, Accuplacer or FCAT scores that exempt them from the college developmental education program or they must submit college transcripts that show the completion of Freshman English I or Intermediate Algebra. 

P.E.R.T. sample test:

P.E.R.T. Study Guide: .E.R.T.


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Last updated: 2021-04-15T13:37:07.101Z