What is PERT?

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is the official common placement exam of Pasco-Hernando State College. Students who intend to enter degree or college credit certificate programs must be tested prior to the completion of registration.


The placement test may be repeated with a $5 retake fee. There is no initial fee for students with an application on file. A retake is $5. The non-student fee is $25, if approved for Proctoring for Distant Learning or Employment.

    Retake Attempts

    Students are allowed two attempts in a two year period. Test scores are valid for two years.

    Student Testing and Placement Chart

    The Student Testing and Placement Chart identifies the minimum cut-off scores for college-level courses based on PERT, ACCUPLACER, SAT, and ACT test scores. It also identifies the placement requirements for advanced math courses. Be sure to check the most current requirements as shown in Test Score Groups below, as they periodically change.

    Subject Areas

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Math

    Time Limit

    The exam is adaptive and there is no time limit. Average test time for all sub-tests is two hours and fifteen minutes.