Word on the street is that Florida's P.E.R.T. is one of the most exclusive exams in Test Prep. As Florida's common placement exam, it's only available to 11th-grade students living and schooling in the Sunshine State. Our sincerest apologies to high schoolers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, and—well, you get the idea. Florida school districts, colleges, and some state universities use the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) to assess student preparedness for postsecondary education—a.k.a. that college life. Specifically, the P.E.R.T. tests students on Florida's Common Core-aligned Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs), which are a list of specific skills that Florida educators look for in college-bound students.
The P.E.R.T. tests students in three different subjects: reading, writing, and mathematics. While it's impossible to fail the exam, students who don't meet the "college ready" cut scores are required to take on some extra coursework prior to graduation. Think of this as your high school lending a helping hand to make sure students are both eligible for and able to take on college-level courses.
This guide is chock-full of resources to help you hone in on the writing skills you've been working on since freshman year. Who knows? There may even be a joke or two along the way.
In our P.E.R.T. Writing Prep, you'll find
and, as promised, a joke or two.
Remember when Obi Wan gave Luke lightsaber training?
If you don't, don't sweat it. Here's the gist: Obi Wan covered Luke's eyes with a blast shield and taught him to whack a little remote sphere by fully concentrating on it. Luke was able to hit the mark with his lightsaber while blindfolded because he wasn't distracted by other thoughts, ideas, or his iPhone.
The P.E.R.T. wants to make sure students can write without getting distracted, and it does this by testing whether they can identify relevant (and irrelevant) portions of a text.
The P.E.R.T. is kind of like Obi Wan without the hooded robe. It lays out a passage, and then asks students which part of the passage is distracting or just doesn't belong.
A question in this section might look like this:
Read the passage and answer the question that follows.
(1) "Accqua alta" is a high water phenomenon that occurs in the Venetian Lagoon. (2) The high water is caused by a combination of tides and winds. (3) It has also been found that large cruise ships are damaging the seabed and causing more sea water to enter the lagoon. (4) Once in 1283, the tide was so abnormally high that an official reported that the water in the streets was taller than a man, and that Venice was saved by a miracle. (5) The low-lying Piazza San Marco floods more frequently than the rest of the island. (6) To assist pedestrians during the floods, gangways are installed on sidewalks above sea level.
Which of the following sentences should be removed from the selection?
A. Sentence 3
B. Sentence 4
C. Sentence 5
D. Sentence 6
A student with his or her eyes on the spherical droid or ball will conclude the correct answer is Sentence 4. While the data from floods of yesteryear are interesting, including them in an passage about the accqua alta's more recent effects veers the reader off the course.
Info about flooding due to erosion caused by mammoth cruise ships (A) builds on the previous sentence, which informs about other causes of flooding. Of course, the jedi-trained youngling also realizes that the P.E.R.T. is trying to
lure students to the dark side trick students by throwing in the relevant information about the Piazza San Marco (C) and pedestrian walkways (D). Still, these details are relevant to the current flooding, so they belong in the passage.