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College Readiness Benchmark Scores - A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the  corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. These scores were empirically derived based on the actual performance of students  in college. The College Readiness Benchmark Scores are:

College Course/Content Area ACT Test Benchmark Score
English Composition English 18
Algebra Mathematics 22
Social Sciences Reading 22
Biology Science 23


The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.

The SAT is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college skills that students learned in high school.

College Readiness Benchmark Scores - The SAT Benchmark score of 1550 (critical reading, mathematics and writing sections combined) indicates a 65 percent likelihood of achieving a B- average or higher during the first year of college.


P.E.R.T. - The purpose of Florida’s Post-secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is to adequately assess students' academic skills in mathematics, reading and writing through the delivery of three assessments, one for each of these areas. The results of these assessments are used to determine students' placement into appropriate courses at their college. The PERT is used to determine eligibility for Dual Enrollment Courses.

Note: Students can only take the PERT TWICE at Daytona State College.  Please see your school counselor to discuss your options.