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High School Graduates Have a Second Chance to Avoid Developmental Education Classes

Test Prep

Miami, May 21, 2013 -

This year’s high school graduates attending Miami Dade College (MDC) in the fall will have an opportunity to increase their scores on the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) by taking test preparation classes in mathematics, reading and writing this summer.


Students with low PERT scores have to take developmental education classes as a pre-requisite to college-level courses.  Developmental education classes can increase the money and time spent in college for students. 


To be eligible for college-level coursework, students must achieve no less than the following PERT “cut” scores: Reading – 104, Writing – 99 and Mathematics – 113.  Students whose scores are lower than these “cut” scores can improve their placement in developmental education by taking test preparation classes.


Students who took the test prep classes last summer improved their PERT scores; approximately half of the completers improved their scores by at least one placement level, and half of this group (or 25% overall), placed into college-level courses, thereby avoiding the developmental education classes.


Test prep classes start June 17 and end on August 23.  Each class is one-week long—three hours per day, Monday through Friday.  On the first day, students will take a diagnostic test that identifies their skill gaps and areas for improvement.  Instruction is modularized, targeting skill gaps directly.  Students will re-take the PERT on the last day of class.  The nominal $26 registration charge includes the PERT re-testing fee.


The test prep classes are offered in part through a Completion by Design grant and the Hispanic Access to College Education Resources Project (¡HACER!, Spanish for “to do.”) 


Completion by Design is a five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that partners with community colleges to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26. 

¡HACER! is a collaborative initiative with the Lumina Foundation and 17 community partners, including MDC; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Univision; College Summit; the Education Fund; uAspire; Single Stop USA; Bank of America and FIU to support and sustain college access and success for Latino students.  The goal of this collective effort is to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025, a national movement known as Goal 2025.

Space is limited. To register, students must visit or ask their high school CAP advisor or graduation coach for more information.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Leeann Hall, 305-237-3607,, media specialist
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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