Placement Tests

PERT Test

The PERT test is an untimed placement test that covers reading, writing (English), and math. These test scores are used by your advisor to place you in appropriate classes for your skill level.

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PLATO

PLATO is an excellent resource that helps many students drastically improve their PERT scores (Please contact the Testing Center for anonymous empirical data). It is set up like an online class that you can work on from the comfort of your own home or you can use one of the computers at the learning resources center. This course contains pre-tests for all concepts that are tested in the PERT test. It will give you an accurate assessment of your current skill level in these concepts and indicate which sections you are getting right and which ones you might be struggling with.

For any “un-mastered” sections, you can watch tutorials and videos and complete practice questions before doing a mastery test. This short quiz will help you figure out whether you have improved your skills or not. If you are scoring 80% or above on all the mastery tests, that indicates that you are ready to take the PERT test and do great. For hands-on assistance with PLATO, please contact Wanda Lee at leew@cf.edu. For technical assistance, please contact Priscilla Adams at adamsp@cf.edu.

Test Structure

The PERT test contains three sections: math, reading and writing (English). Each section contains 30 questions (total of 90 questions on the full test). The test is untimed so you can take as long or as little as you need to complete all questions. Testing Center staff can also save your progress and you can come back any time within 5 business days to complete the remainder of the test.

The PERT test is adaptive, meaning the test difficulty will increase if your skill level is high and it will remain at a rudimentary level if your skill is low. If you get a question wrong on the test, the test will continue giving you questions that are similar in nature. This can drive your score down if you don’t learn the concept before retaking the test.

Scoring

The PERT test is NOT a pass or fail test. Unless you are taking the test for dual enrollment, there is no minimum score needed for admissions. Please see the cut score chart below to see where you will be placed based upon your scores. The following chart shows the courses needed based on the highest placement scores taken within the past two years:

College of Central Florida Testing Center

ACTSATUCPTPERTCLM
Reading
REA000713 and below18 and below0-5950-83
REA001714-1819-2360-8284-105
College Level19 or higher24 or higher83 or higher106-150
English
ENC001512 and below18 and below0-5950-89
ENC002513-1619-2460-8290-102
College Level17 or higher25 or higher83 or higher103-150
Mathematics
MAT005718 and below23.5 and below0-7150-113
MGF1106* OR
MGF1107* OR
STA2023* OR
MAT1033
19 - 2424-2672-94114-1220-39
MAC110525 or higher26.5 or higherCLM123 or higher40-69
MAC1114, MAC1140,
MAC1147, MAE2801
CLM70-102
MAC2233, MAC2311103-120



*MAT1033 is not a pre-requisite for these courses beginning Fall/2014.

If a student chooses to take the CLM, the CLM scores will be used as the first priority in determining math placement.

Revised 8/23/2018*

Cost and Registration

The PERT test is $10 if you are taking it for the first time. This fee includes all sections: math, reading, and writing. However, the $10 first time fee still applies even if you are only taking one section (as long as it is your first time taking the test). Retakes are $5 per section up to $10:

  • Retake entire test = $10
  • Retake 1 section = $ 5
  • Retake 2 sections = $10

You can register and pay for the PERT test at www.cf.edu/mytests. Please see the Testing Hours & Locations page to see if your testing center requires an appointment.

Retake Policy

This test can be taken again unlimited amount of times. However, because the PERT test is adaptive, we strongly suggest studying and making progress in PLATO prior to retesting. The CF Testing team reserves the right to enforce PLATO remediation.

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