Nobody likes to be weighed down, and when you’re about to start your college life so that you can get one step closer in achieving your dreams as a student and future professional, nothing should distract you from giving a 100%.
But when it comes to some educational institutions, even if you manage to meet its requirements for admissions, you will have to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) first.
The exam is designed to see if the student is ready to take on their college courses immediately or if they need remedial classes to put them up to speed.
It is here that we can see how important PERT test scores can get because if students don’t meet the ‘passing’ score, they will need to take on a number of classes that can affect their core academic subjects significantly.
So just how can you pass the PERT exam with flying colors anyway?
- Take advantage of its lack of a time limit
While it may seem obvious, not a lot of students take advantage of the fact that there is no time limit present in the PERT assessment and they can use all the time in the world in order to figure out which of the answers is the correct one.
The reason behind this? Well, most incoming students feel a lot of pressure when it comes to fitting in with the demographic of the college that they got into, especially if it is a prestigious one.
One of the first things they want to do is to impress the proctors by answering the PERT as fast as they can if not at the same pace as the others if taken in the computer lab of the university where they can see others blitz through the exam and thus feel ashamed or out of place because they couldn’t answer as fast as them
While it may be tempting, remember that you are potentially putting your future on the line if you don’t meet the minimum score needed to skip the introductory or remedial classes.
- Brush up on your writing skills
Unlike other writing tests, the PERT assessment does not contain an essay writing exam where you have to write an informative or expressive essay.
Instead, you will be provided with a passage that you will need to analyze if it has any mistakes or parts that can be improved based on the conventional English Standard.
For most universities, you will need to get a score of 103 out of 150 in order for you to skip over the remedial or introductory classes.
- Focus on learning the mathematical concepts and formulas
Students are still having troubles with math, so if you think that this will be your weakness, then you should put some emphasis on knowing how to tackle this section of the PERT exam.
Apart from needing to solve word problems, you will have to know how to calculate fractions, decimals, equations, linear equations, and some graphing of equations and functions.
- Sharpen your reading comprehension skills
In the reading test of the PERT, you will encounter questions relating to bias, author’s intent, context, inferences, metaphors, narrative, and many others.
With how many subjects there are, it is not uncommon for students to get overwhelmed while studying for this section of the exam.
Although you shouldn’t cut corners when preparing for the reading subtest, since you need a score of around 106 out of 150 in order for you to skip the remedial classes, this part of the PERT may be the simplest to overcome.
Why is this so? Well, this is because no matter how you look at it, the questions, in essence, require you to read and analyze the contents of the passage in order for you to extract the information needed to answer the provided question.
So, as long as you can improve your reading comprehension skills in general, you can understand the rest of the topics included in this part of the exam.
- Try to form a study group
If you and a number of your friends are planning to go to the same college, then why not give them a call and form a study group?
Apart from giving you the chance to hang out, study groups are beneficial to test-takers, not just those taking the PERT test because this gives everyone a chance to share their knowledge, as well as any tips or tricks, that they may have when it comes to subjects that another is having trouble with.
It is here that you can ask your friends as many questions as you can so that you can be brought up to speed.
Unlike in class where you have to worry about annoying your teacher because their way of explaining things was too complex or unclear, you will have all the time in the world until test day so be sure to take full advantage of the study sessions that you can make together.