PERT / Placement Testing Information



New to FSW and unsure if you need to take placement exams?

Once admitted to FSW, follow these steps to check if you need to placement exams:

  1. Login to your FSW Student Portal
  2. Open the Student Academics tab
  3. Click View Holds in the Registration box
  4. If you have an Assessment hold, you will need to resolve the hold by satisfying one of the requirements below.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at the FSW location of your choice.



First Time in College (no college transcripts/credit)

Admissions
www.fsw.edu/admissions/ftic

(239) 489-9054

Transfer Students

Registrar's Office
www.fsw.edu/registrar

(239) 489-9237

International Students

International Student Services
www.fsw.edu/international

(239) 489-9121



Florida SouthWestern State College uses the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) as its entry Placement Test. The P.E.R.T. is used to determine placement in English, mathematics, and reading courses. More information, including tips, a study guide, and practice tests, is available on the FSW Website at http://www.fsw.edu/assets/pdf/testing/PertStudyGuide.pdf.




Question: Am I required to take a placement exam (P.E.R.T)?

According to section 1008.30(4)(a) Florida Statute, two types of students are exempt from taking the placement test:

  1. Students who began the 9th grade in a Florida public school during the 2003-2004 school year (or entered 9th grade in a Florida public school any year after 2003-2004) and received a standard diploma from a Florida public school are exempt and may choose whether or not they wish to take the placement test.
  2. Active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Services are exempt and may choose whether or not they wish to take the placement test.

Our advising staff is happy to visit with you to help you understand what “exemption from testing” means for you. Please plan to visit an advisor at your earliest convenience.


Question: What if I do not fit into either of the two categories mentioned above?

Unless you have otherwise provided documentation showing college-level placement (see arrows below) you will need to take one of the following actions:


For non-exempt students, testing is required for all degrees, applicable certificates, and accelerated programs. Testing is also required for non-degree seeking students planning to take courses with prerequisites requiring college-level placement.

  • Florida SouthWestern State College accepts the highest test scores from any test or combination of tests. This includes any combination of P.E.R.T., ACT, SAT, or FCAT (2.0) scores. The scores are valid for two years.


ACT/SAT:

  • ACT and SAT scores may be substituted for the reading, writing, and math sections of the P.E.R.T. Submit any college-level ACT/SAT scores earned within the last two years.
    • If you did not select FSW as a recipient for your scores, please follow instructions in links below (allow at least two weeks processing time):
      1. SAT--Sending Scores - SAT Code for FSW (5191)
      2. ACT--Sending Your Scores - ACT Code for FSW (0727)

College Transcripts:

  • It is possible that your college coursework could satisfy the placement testing (Assessment hold) requirement (if required).
    • All college transcript(s) must be received and reviewed/evaluated by the Office of the Registrar in order for the Testing Center to evaluate if your coursework can satisfy required placement testing (Assessment hold). Click here to learn more about submitting final official college transcripts.
      Note: it can take 2 – 3 weeks after ALL college transcripts are received for the transcripts to be reviewed by a transcript evaluator. Your college transcript hold will be removed when the transcript is received. Submit your transcripts as soon as possible.


The following items must be completed prior to sitting for the P.E.R.T.:

  • An Admission Application must be submitted and processed prior to testing.
  • An FSW Student ID number
  • A Valid Photo ID is required to test.

PLEASE NOTE:

In order to have the P.E.R.T test administered out of the area you will need to choose one of the options below:

  1. Taking Your Exam through a College/University Testing Center or a Professional Testing Service:
    You will need to find a college, university, or a professional testing center that offers proctoring services. When you have found a location willing to proctor the test, please email the following contact information to as well as your full name, date of birth, and/or FSW ID#:
    • Name of College/University/Professional Testing Center
    • Proctor Name
    • Proctor Email Address
    • Proctor Phone Number


  2. Taking Your Exam through ProctorU Testing Services:
    ProctorU testing services allows you to take your P.E.R.T. test online from anywhere using a webcam and a high speed internet connection. You will be responsible for any fees charged for using this service.

    In order to test through ProctorU please create an account by completing the following steps:
    1. Please log on to .
    2. Create an account under Florida Southwestern State College P.E.R.T.
    3. Once you have created an account please email stating that you have created a ProctorU account and be sure to include your entire name, date of birth, and/or FSW student ID# so we can set up your exam.


    ProctorU Fee Schedule for Florida SouthWestern State College Online Students
    Length of Exam ProctorU Proctoring Fee
    Full PERT or Two Subtests $42.50
    One Subtest $25.00
    Take It Soon Scheduling within 72 hours of exam appointment is an additional $5 added to the cost of the exam
    Take It Now Scheduling within 1 hour of exam appointment is an additional $8.75 added to the cost of the exam



First-Time-In-College/Transfer Students

— Students who have graduated from high school or students who are transferring in from another college/university click here to review requirements of Placement Testing.



Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Students

— Students who are taking college classes while still in high school click here to review requirements of Placement Testing.



Placement Test Scores for College-Level Placement

COURSE
PLACEMENT
TEST-P.E.R.T.
ACT-E
SAT ® Prior to March 1, 2016
SAT ® On/after March 1, 2016
ENC1101

103 - WRITING &
106 - READING

17 - ENGLISH &
19 - READING

440 - CRITICAL READING

24 - READING

MAT1033

114 - MATH

19 - MATH

440 - MATH

24 - MATH

MGF1106/MGF1107

123 - MATH

23 - MATH

540 - MATH

28.5 - MATH

MAC1105/ STA2023

123 - MATH

23 - MATH

540 - MATH

28.5 - MATH

MAC1106

135 - MATH

25 - MATH

560 - MATH

29 - MATH



IN ORDER TO TEST, YOU MUST BE PREPARED WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • A valid photo ID
  • FSW Student ID number

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

  • Children are not allowed in the testing labs. Arrangements must be made for children prior to testing; no children can be left unattended in the testing facility.
  • The P.E.R.T. test is not timed; however, each of the three subtests takes approximately an hour per section.
  • Personal calculators, cell phones, or ear phones/buds are not allowed.
  • Paper and pens are provided.
  • Florida SouthWestern State College charges $25.00 to administer the P.E.R.T. test for other Florida colleges. The student should receive written permission from the home college prior to requesting to test at Florida SouthWestern State College. The testing fee will be paid at the Cashier’s Office and a receipt will be presented to the testing staff before the test is administered.
  • Attention – Computers are monitored during testing. Students are not allowed to view other web sites on testing computers.


PLACEMENT TEST BY APPOINTMENT


Thomas Edison (Lee) Testing Center (Fort Myers) Click Here to Schedule an Appointment Online
(239) 489-9237 at Assessment Center, Areca Hall, P-207

DAY

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

TIME

9:30AM & 2:30PM
9:30AM & 2:30PM
9:30AM & 2:30PM
9:30AM & 2:30PM
9:30AM

 

Collier Testing Center (Naples) Click Here to Schedule an Appointment Online
(239) 732-3789 at STUDENT SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Building M-106

DAY

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

TIME

9:00AM
9:00AM & 1:00PM
9:00AM &1:00PM
9:00AM
9:00AM

 

Charlotte Testing Center (Punta Gorda) Click Here to Schedule an Appointment Online
(941) 637-5629 at LEARNING RESOURCES, B-109

DAY

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

TIME

9:00AM & 1:45PM
9:00AM & 1:45PM
9:00AM & 1:45PM
9:00AM

 

Hendry-Glades Testing Center (LaBelle)
(863) 674-0408 at Hendry/Glades Center, 1092 E. Cowboy Way, Labelle

DAY

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

TIME

CLOSED
9:00AM
9:00AM
CLOSED
9:00AM