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Imagine an exam specifically designed for Florida high school students who love reading almost as much as they love standardized tests. Ideally, this test would serve a dual purpose: ensuring that students have been well prepared by their high schools while also giving them the go-ahead to enroll in college courses. It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

Luckily for students everywhere in Florida, there is such a test!.It's called the P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) Reading, and it's 30 questions of pure reading delight. With everything from literary to informational to argumentative readings, this test covers them all. 

And we've got you covered. 

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What's Inside Shmoop's Online Reading P.E.R.T. Test Prep

In our P.E.R.T. Reading Prep, you'll find

  • a complete overview of the P.E.R.T. Reading test, including an in-depth look at the test's format, content, and scoring;
  • helpful tips and tricks for The Big Day;
  • a thorough review of each of the 24 Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs) tested on the P.E.R.T. Reading test;
  • 120 drill questions dedicated to testing PRCs of every flavor;
  • a diagnostic exam to shine light on the skills that need some—er—tweaking;
  • two full-length practice exams;

and plenty more joys along the way.

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Context, context, context. What exactly is context?

Context refers to what's going on in the passage (kind of like the main idea from the last section), and it's a powerful thing. With enough context, the meaning of any word—even a made up one—can become clear. For example, consider the following statement.

Grandpa Shmoop detests hot dogs. The last time he was handed one, at a Fourth of July BBQ, he knocked it to the ground and exclaimed, "I refuse to eat hot dogs. They taste like shlorz."

Now, don't start scanning the dictionary for shlorz, because it doesn't exist. However, examining the context of the sentence can help to clarify what the word could mean. Grandpa Shmoop detests hot dogs, so much so that he'll knock one to the ground if it's offered to him (at a Fourth of July BBQ no less!). With such intense feelings of dislike aimed at hot dogs, it's reasonable to assume that shlorz is something that tastes very, very bad.

More or less how a shlorz tastes.

The beautiful thing about inferring a word's meaning from context is that it doesn't matter exactly what shlorz is, only that it's something that one would not like to eat at a BBQ.