The PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) is a three-part assessment used to determine a student’s appropriate placement in Polk State College courses. An academic advisor determines the portions of the test that are needed for placement. The test takes approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete; however, there is no time limit for the exam. After placement testing, an academic advisor in Student Services can provide guidance regarding test results and course enrollment.

Some Polk State College applicants are exempt from taking the placement test. More information on the PERT and placement is available on the College Readiness and Developmental Education page of the Polk State College website.

Exam Requirements

A placement testing ticket, which is obtained through the Student Services Office or via the acceptance email from the College, is required for all PERT testing. The testing ticket provides details about times and locations for testing.

*Please note: Hours for testing may vary between terms and on holidays.

All test takers MUST present a photo identification that includes a recognizable photo and the tester’s pre-printed name. The TLCC does not accept copies or photos of an individual’s identification.

To ensure the integrity and quality of the testing environment, cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted in the testing area.