Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who must take the PERT?
All first-time-in college students who do not have college level ACT or SAT scores taken within the last 2 years must take the PERT. Students who have successfully passed courses at other colleges/universities that meet placement requirements are not required to take the PERT provided that official transcripts from the other schools have been received by the Registrar's Office. Transfer students may bring in PERT or FCPT scores taken at another institution provided it is an official score report.
How can I prepare for the PERT?
The PERT tests basic skills so that you can be placed in courses appropriate to your skill level in order to ensure your success. These basic skills include: English, Reading Comprehension, and Math.
Which courses must I take if I score below college level?
You should speak to a Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) advisor or counselor to discuss your options. Advising is available at all six NWFSC campuses/centers.
Can I retake the PERT?
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.Remediation is required prior to retesting.

Students will be required to sign an acknowledgment of self-remediation prior to their second attempt.
Can I take college credit courses while I'm enrolled in college prep courses?
Yes. Students enrolled in college prep courses may, at the same time, take college credit courses for which they are qualified.
When do I need to take the PERT and what do I need to bring?
You may take PERT at any time. Bring a driver license, FL ID card, school ID or military ID for identification. All testing supplies will be provided. Please do not bring cell phones or other personal items to the testing room. Some of the problems may have a "pop-up" calculator for you to use, but calculators are NOT available on all problems. Use of personal calculators is prohibited.
Where and when can I take the PERT?
The test is available at all six NWF State College locations: Testing Locations and Times