Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

To ensure proper course placement, the Florida Department of Education Rule 6A-10.315 states that ".....first-time-in-college students entering degree programs must be tested prior to initial registration and shall enroll in college preparatory reading, English and/or mathematics courses if their test scores are below college level." Students with college level SAT or ACT scores that are no older than 2 years may be exempt from taking the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Students who need to take the PERT should take the test soon after submitting an admissions application to Northwest Florida State College.

For students qualifying for the Florida Senate Bill exemption:

In accordance with Section (s.) 1008.30, Florida Statutes (F.S.):
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 United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test (PERT) and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test (PERT) and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student's request.