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 not 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.

Understanding Your Placement Test Scores


PERT- Setting up a Remote Testing Location

Remote testing locations can be set up if you are unable to test at one of the 6 college locations listed at the Hours and Locations link to the left. To set up a remote testing location at another educational institution, please send the completed PERT Off-Campus Site Request form to the following email:

PERT Off-Campus Site Request

 When we receive the completed form, we will confirm with the listed proctor on the form to make sure the proctor understands the following:

  1. The exam is web-based, so access to a computer is required,
  2. The proctor is not related to the tester, and
  3. The test is untimed, but the proctor needs to agree to approximately a three-hour testing time.

Once the proctor agrees to proctor the exam, the proctor will be sent further information. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the Niceville Testing Staff at 850-729-6016.


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.