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  1. Take the PERT  before taking orientation, unless exempt.
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  3. All new Polk State College students, including dual-enrolled students and readmitting student must take orientation.  Transient students are not required to take it.
  4. You do not need to see an advisor before taking Student Orientation.
  5. Have available any of the following that applies to you:
  6. Student Orientation takes about two hours.  You cannot stop and go back to it.  You can take a 10 minute break  if needed but do not exit or you will lose your progress and have to restart the orientation.
  7. When you finish Student Orientation you will receive a Certificate via email that certifies you completed.  What do you do with the certificate to clear the hold?
    • Forward the email with your certificate in it to
    • Send a jpg or other image of your certificate.
    • Call 863.297.1000 and tell the Information Center.
    • Print it and bring it with you to see an advisor.
  8. First-time-in-college (FTIC) students attend pre-advising after Student Orientation and then register for classes with an advisor.  If this is the first semester you have attended since you graduated from high school,  you are FTIC even if you were dual-enrolled previously.
  9. Readmitting and transfer students can register online or with an advisor after taking orientation and the hold is cleared.


Did your admission letter suggest you take the Personal Snapshot?

According to Florida law, some students are exempt from mandatory developmental reading, writing, and mathematics. These students are not required to take the PERT (placement test). If you fit into one of the categories below, you are exempt:

  1. You are an active U.S. military person.
  2. You began Florida public high school in 2003-4 or later and graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma.

It’s not always a good idea to exercise your exemption, but the decision is yours. This Personal Snapshot is designed to help you determine whether or not to take the PERT placement before attending Orientation so you know your skill level.

Take Personal Snapshot Here