Transfer/Re-Admit Students

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

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

  • Login to your FSW Student Portal
  • Inside your Student Portal, click the "Student Academics" tab followed by "View Holds"
  • If you have an Assessment hold, you will need to resolve the hold by satisfying one of the requirements below.

How can I resolve my Assessment hold?

What if I live out of area and cannot make it to an FSW location to take the P.E.R.T.?

Click here to learn about out of area testing options.

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.

Access More information including tips, a study guide, and practice tests (PDF).

Testing Checklist

Prior to P.E.R.T. Testing:

  1. Apply to FSW
  2. Watch email for receipt of your FSW Student ID Number
  3. Placement Testing Alternatives:
    • If you have ACT/SAT scores earned within the last two years, submit them.
      • If you did not select FSW as a recipient for your scores when you took the exam, you can follow the instructions in the links below to send the scores electronically (allow at least two weeks processing time):
      • Visit one of the Testing Centers to submit your scores. You must have a photo ID and your ACT/SAT login information in order to print a valid score report.
  4. Make appointment to P.E.R.T. test — Remediation is required prior to retesting. Please review the Remediation Requirements if you are taking the P.E.R.T. for the second or third attempt.
    • Items Required on Test Day:
      • An FSW Student ID number
      • A valid photo ID

Test Score for College-Level Placement
(Scores are valid for two years)

Course Placement Test-P.E.R.T. ACT-E SAT ® ACCUPLACER (Classic)
ENC1101 103 - WRITING
MAT1033 114 - MATH 19 - MATH 24 - MATH 72 - MATH
123 - MATH 23 - MATH 28.5 - MATH 90 - MATH
123 - MATH 23 - MATH 28.5 - MATH 90 -MATH
MAC1106 135 - MATH 25 - MATH 29 - MATH 109 - MATH

Please Note:

  • Florida SouthWestern State College has a three P.E.R.T. attempt limit.
  • The PERT Placement Test is administered at all FSW testing locations (Collier, Charlotte, & Hendry/Glades Center.)
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from US High Schools may be required to take the English proficiency test before placement testing is administered. To schedule an appointment for the English proficiency test (LOEP), call the Testing Center at 239-489-9237. For more information about LOEP testing visit the English for Academic Purposes website at
  • Florida SouthWestern State College charges $25.00 to administer P.E.R.T. test for Other Florida Colleges. The testing fee will be paid at the Cashier’s Office and presented to the Testing Staff before the test is administered.