In order to apply to any college, you will need to have your test scores for the SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT or PERT ready to be submitted. Learn more about each of these tests, how you can take them and what significance they hold below.
The SAT is an aptitude test, which means that it measures your ability in three areas: reading, writing and mathematics. The SAT emphasizes reasoning and verbal skills, and there is a penalty for guessing the wrong answer. Learn more about the SAT here.
The ACT tests students on what they have learned in school, with up to five areas of testing including the sciences. Unlike the SAT, the ACT’s writing section is optional and there is no penalty for guessing the wrong answer. Learn more about the ACT here.
Most students will find either the SAT or the ACT to be the most advantageous to their skills. You can find out more about which test – the SAT or ACT- is right for you at the Princeton Review here.
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
Unlike the SAT and ACT, the CLEP is designed to test students in specific subjects to determine their readiness for college courses. The CLEP is made of questions chosen by faculty who set passing standards for college exams. Learn more about CLEP testing here.
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP tests are tests given at the end of a high school AP course and test the students knowledge on a subject. The AP test score will determine whether a student receives college credit for their high school coursework. AP tests can be a great low cost way for a student to earn college credit before graduating from high school.
IB (International Baccalaureate)
The International Baccalaureate program is a global curriculum offered to students in various countries. These students may receive equivalency credit when transferring to a school in the US. To find out more about IB equivalencies, visit this page
The PERT is Florida’s placement test to determine whether a student is ready for college coursework. PERT stands for Postsecondary Education Readiness Test. There are two main categories of test: placement and diagnostic.
The Placement test allows high school students and college students to check their readiness in math, reading and writing. The Diagnostic test allows students to determine which areas they need to work on in order to be ready to attend college. You cannot fail the PERT- it simply tells you the subjects in which you are college-ready and the subjects in which you still need more work.
¡HACER! hosts ACT/SAT preparation workshops for free to students in Miami-Dade County. Check our calendar of events to find the next workshop available.