PERT Math Study Guide

Concerned about taking the PERT math placement exam? There’s no need to be! MathHelp’s PERT math study guide will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to do well come test day. Click below to get started!

How do I study for the PERT Math Test?

We’ve designed our PERT math study guide to be the only resource you’ll need to prepare for your test. Each section begins with a pre-test to gauge how comfortable you are with the concept covered. If you do well, you can skip that section. This way you’ll spend your time only on the material that’s relevant to you. Once you know where to focus your energies, you can use our engaging video tutorials, practice sessions with complete audio explanations, and interactive self-tests to shore up your areas of weakness.
Based on 171 reviews
The lessons helped me tremendously on my math placement test. I’m attending the University of Alabama this fall. I finished my associates degree in 2016, so I haven’t taken math classes in a long time. After doing the lessons I placed out of the intermediate classes I didn’t want to take, and into calculus. Taking this course has saved me around $2,000 in classes, and my graduation date was moved up. I’d say it was a great investment!
Megan Ramsey
Megan Ramsey
19:25 21 Jul 21
Very smooth remedial lessons and it helped refresh my memory on things I had forgotten about. Overall it was very worth it and I'm ready to take my math placement test this coming month.
Thomas Haas
Thomas Haas
04:27 24 Jun 21
My daughter used to prepare for the Accuplacer math placement test at her university. The school required a score of 279 on the Quantitative Reasoning test to move on to the Accuplacer AAF. The first time, she took it cold and scored a 270, so she was not able to move on to the AAF test. Then she studied on your site and got a 299 on the QR and a 292 on the AAF test, so she is good to go!Your website is very well planned to maximize results while minimizing time investment. The method that worked best for my daughter was to take the practice quiz for each section and then read explanations or watch videos of the problems she missed. That way she wasn't spending time watching videos on topics she already knew/remembered well. I then had her take the full practice tests once she had gone through all of the videos she needed to. Sometimes she didn't even need to view the videos -- your explanations of answers were sufficient in most cases to tell her what she needed to know, but the videos were very helpful when she needed a bit more explanation/step-by-step instruction. Up until this year, she has always done well in math, but a crummy teacher combined with covid virtual school made this year a very tough year for her, and she has lost a lot of confidence as a result. I hope that seeing how well she can do with a bit of good teaching/support has shown her that she can be successful again in this college calculus course.Overall, I was very impressed with how well your website prepared her for the tests, as evidenced by her scores. I will also use your site as she prepares to take the PSAT next year.
Brigid Gonzalez
Brigid Gonzalez
15:56 24 May 21
I first want to thank you for the MathHelp lessons. They are well done, in a logical order, and I appreciate that they are short, explain the concept with an example (or more), and that there are practice problems in addition to quizzes and tests -- all with the work written out and explained so I could figure out where and why I went wrong in a problem -- and affirm what I did right. It was the best review of math concepts I found while looking for assistance to prep for the ALEKS math placement test at the local community college in which I enrolled. I am 25 years out of grad school (in a social science field), and as I am jumping back into school to pursue nursing -- a heavier math and science field -- I needed to review the concepts that I was able to test out of a few decades ago.I also liked that I could watch the video at double time speed if it was something I just wanted to quickly review :) The examples with word/story problems also helped immensely! I was faced with a couple of them when I took the ALEKS test, and since I had practiced them (their format), they came a lot easier to me. And finally, the fact that there are links to related topics within each lesson made a difference. I checked out a few of the links to related lessons along the way just to make sure I was understanding things as fully as I felt I was, and those lessons reinforced what I knew and gave me confidence to progress to the next section.As for ALEKS, I scored more than what I needed to place into the math class required to complete my prerequisite for the nursing program. I would highly recommend MathHelp!
Stephanie F.
Stephanie F.
14:49 19 May 21
The ALEKS lessons were indeed very helpful. Your explanations were clear and well laid-out. I’ve been away from math for nearly 30 years now, and I frankly struggled back then when I was learning. Today, I scored an 84 on my ALEKS placement test, which qualifies me for honors math placement within my school. I’d say you guys are doing something right!If I were highlighting a part that was particularly helpful, I’d pick the logarithms. That’s an area that always flummoxed me, but your explanation has turned that weakness into a strength. Simply brilliant.
John Rodriguez
John Rodriguez
16:28 09 Mar 21
My test went amazingly! I felt very prepared in taking the ALEKS placement test. I liked the practice problems and tests and I felt I had a good understanding of the concepts presented to me.
Taylor Beeson
Taylor Beeson
14:54 22 Feb 21
I graduated high school in 1992, that was the last time I did any math related to algebra. I never went into college. 20 plus years later I decided to enroll. I needed to take the PERT placement test for Math. I had a bit of panic because I didn't remember anything; so I would have to learn as much as I could within a month because of deadlines with the school. I stumbled upon while google searching Pert Test help. They offer 3 free lessons and it is a nice introduction into how the website works. I signed up for a month.Topics are broken down into a specific area; ie: Quadratic Equations. These are further broken down into bite size lessons that go through a specific part of the main lesson. Each lesson is explained in a logical and practical way that is easy to understand. After each mini lesson you can either practice or take a test on what you learned. When you finish a topic you get a review test on mixed questions based on all the lessons in that topic.I studied with them 2 hours a day minus weekends. Though I didn't get through all the areas because of time restraints; I did manage to go through the majority of it.The day of the test arrived and a few questions that I did not recognize were on the exam. However, even though I had not studied those specific problems, I knew the process on how to work through them. In the end for an old dude who hadn't studied in a long time I scored a 124 out of 150, enough to be able to select college Algebra. If I had been afforded the time to hit every section and really get mastery of it, I probably could have scored higher.I highly recommend signing up for this site if you are struggling with higher level math and or need a refresher on it. The teachers are amazing and each lesson is presented clearly and simply. The fact that you can practice them over and over really reinforces their lessons.Another good thing is unsubscribing. Most sites are sneaky and in order to cancel you have to find a number from some other site. While is auto renew you can basically just click a button that says unsubscribe.If I end up having trouble in math this semester I will definitely be subscribing again. I can't thank them enough and highly recommend them. Worth every penny.
Derek Albright
Derek Albright
17:52 06 Nov 20

What is the PERT test?

Institutions in the Florida College System use the PERT, or the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, to gauge prospective students’ fluency with a range of math concepts in order to determine which math course to place them into at the school. It’s important to remember that students only get two chances with the PERT, so its imperative they do everything they can to prepare.

Is the PERT test multiple choice?

The PERT math placement test is composed of 25 multiple choice questions and 5 additional questions that are more open-ended. It uses a computer-adaptive scoring system that alters the difficulty of questions as students make their way through the exam. In other words, the questions get progressively harder if students answer them right, or progressively easier if they answer them wrong. Therefore, the higher the difficulty level climbs, the better your score will be in the end.

What should I study for the PERT math test?

The PERT test covers a wide variety of concepts from Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Separated by these categories, the concepts include:


  • Whole Numbers
  • Integers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability and Statistics


  • Expressions, Equations, and Word Problems
  • Inequalities and Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Systems of Equations
  • Exponents and Polynomials
  • Factoring
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Radicals


  • Angles and Triangles
  • Perimeter, Circumference, and Area
  • Coordinate Geometry

What is a passing PERT math score?

If you score above 114, it’s considered a passing score. Scores between 114 and 122 allow you to enroll in Intermediate Algebra. If you manage a 123 or higher, you can get into College Algebra or potentially even more advanced courses. Scoring below a 114, on the other hand, means you’ll be placed into College Pre-Algebra or Elementary Algebra, which are remedial, non-credit math courses. Studies have shown that students forced to take remedial classes tend to complete their degrees less frequently than who place out of them. And people who don’t finish their degrees make far less income, on average, over the course of their careers than those who do. So you can see how important it is to do well on the PERT math!

How can I use my PERT study time most effectively?

By targeting only those areas where you need the most work, our PERT math study guide offers an extremely efficient way of preparing for the exam. Additionally, it constantly monitors your progress with a dynamic grade report, keeping you motivated and on task.

In order to get the most out of our program, make sure to use the tests at the end of each section! These build your confidence by providing proof that you know what you’re doing as you move through the course. There’s simply no reason to fear the PERT when you know that you’re fully prepared.

Good luck on your exam!

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