St. Petersburg College is an open access institution; test scores are not required for admission. However, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores to determine your placement in college courses. If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, a College Placement Test helps determine what reading, writing, and math courses you're ready for at SPC. These are not pass/fail tests. Test scores are used to help you decide what classes you should start with to help you be more successful.

 Placement tests include the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), Accuplacer, ACT and SAT. Scores used for college placement must be less than two years old. SPC uses the highest scores from these tests to determine your placement in college courses.

Find out what your scores mean.

Are you ready for college-level courses?

How do you know if you're at college level in reading, English and math? By looking at:

  • Scores on your ACT or SAT
  • Scores on your College Placement Test
  • Transcripts with college-level classes from another institution

NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

How do I know if I need to take a placement test?

At SPC, we encourage all incoming students to take a placement test. That's one of the best ways to predict your readiness for college work. And it's free.

You should take the Placement Test (PERT) if you don’t have recent (within two years) passing ACT or SAT scores, and you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You graduated from a private high school
  • You received a high-school diploma as a home-schooled student
  • You graduated from a Florida public high school in 2007 or earlier or started 9th grade before the 2003-04 school year
  • You completed a GED
  • You graduated from an out-of-state high school

Note: If you meet one of the requirements above and do not have recent passing ACT or SAT scores . If you are transferring classes from another institution, please speak with your career and academic advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

How does SPC help me?

The College Placement Test helps you figure out which classes you should take and pinpoints areas where you may need help with your skills. If you need help, we've got you covered. We have flexible courses and tools to prepare you. These will save you time, money and effort.

We want you to succeed. And being prepared is the best way to do that. We offer these options to get you ready for college-level work:

  • Short 1- to 2-credit courses that quickly help you in specific areas
  • Free online, work-at-your-own-pace classes to get you ready for college-level math, reading and writing. You can also take these to prepare for the placement test.
  • Courses you take alongside your regular college-level class like a writing improvement class taught by your Composition I teacher.
  • Free tutoring on nearly every campus in our  Learning Support Centers (This can also prepare you for the placement test.)

Any student can take the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test). However, not all students are required to take the PERT.

You should take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, commonly referred to as the PERT if you don’t have ACT or SAT scores within the last two years, and you meet one of the following conditions:

  1. You graduated from a private high school.
  2. You received a high-school diploma as a home-schooled student.
  3. You graduated from a Florida public high school in 2007 or earlier or started in 9th grade before the 2003-04 school year.
  4. You completed a GED.
  5. You graduated from an out-of-state high school.

See our locations, hours, and contact information to take the PERT at one of our testing centers. 

If you want to take the PERT remotely with proctoring, Please complete this survey to schedule a virtual PERT placement exam.

 Still not sure? Send an email to our testing staff with any additional questions.

Test scores expire for placement purposes after two years.

Current High School Students
If you are a current high school student and need to take the PERT, please visit our Dual Enrollment webpage or contact your Guidance Counselor for more information.

Test fees
Your first PERT attempt is free.

Retake fee: $15

How do I prepare for my placement test?

You can use the following guides to help prepare for you a placement test.

NOTE: If you are transferring classes from another institution, please contact an advisor to review your transcripts and test scores to see if you need to take any sections of the College Placement Test.

If you are a current high school student applying for our Dual Enrollment, Early College or Early Admission programs or you wish to enroll in SPC’s Collegiate High School, you must provide qualifying test scores to demonstrate you are ‘college-ready’

  SAT ACT PERT
Reading 24 19 106
English/Writing 25 17 103
Math 24 19 114

 

Take the PERT if you have not taken the SAT or ACT, or you do not have qualifying scores. Regardless of your intended program, you must complete all sections of the exam. Please visit our high school programs webpage for information on individual program requirements

TAKING THE PERT

  • You may opt to take the PERT remotely, with online Honorlock proctoring, or sign up to take it on-campus.
  • You may take the PERT two times per Pinellas County semester, once over the summer. There is a $15 fee for second attempts. Additional attempts may disqualify you from consideration.
  • You should plan to test early to meet the program deadlines and to determine whether you’ll need retest.

REMOTE TESTING

If you opt to take the PERT remotely, a Testing Center staff member will reach out to you after you submit your request. You will be able to test in approximately ~5 business days after staff have set up your PERT account. Plan accordingly.

REGISTERING FOR THE PERT