Dual Enrollment is a great opportunity for you to earn high school and college credits at the same time. Tuition is FREE for all high school students that meet the minimum criteria.

Books are free if you are enrolled in a public high school. You can take challenging and interesting courses and speed progress towards a certificate or college degree while earning your high school diploma. Day and evening classes are available during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.


Eligible students must:

  • Have a 9th -12th grade classification
  • Provide Enhanced ACT, SAT – Re-centered or P.E.R.T. scores that are no more than two years old
  • Have a minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA for college credit courses
  • Have earned at least four (4) high school credits
How to Get Started

Consult with your high school counselor to learn how Dual Enrollment courses will apply to high school graduation and to ensure these courses will apply toward a degree program. Your school counselor can assess if you meet the minimum requirements necessary.

Any student beginning Dual Enrollment for the first time is only allowed to take two classes their first semester, one of which has to be Student Success (SLS1011). Students and their parent/guardian are also required to sign a contract written by St Lucie County/IRSC which states that if a student fails or withdraws from a class they are immediately removed from the dual enrollment program until they retake the course at their own expensive and receive a passing score. Please make sure your school counselor gives you a contract.

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

The PERT is offered daily at each Indian River State College campus. There is a $10 testing fee for the entire exam (or $10 for an individual sub-test). Photo identification is required. Testing schedules and more information are available online at all Indian River State College campuses. To take dual enrollment courses, students must achieve the following scores on the PERT:

114 Math
106 Reading
103 Writing


Is the PERT a timed test?

No. It is not a timed test. It will take most students approximately 2-3 hours to complete all three sections of the PERT.

At what time should I arrive to take the PERT?

Students need to arrive to an IRSC Assessment Center with a paid receipt and a valid photo ID no later than three (3) hours prior to the established closing time. Therefore, students can start the PERT on Monday – Thursday between 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during all semesters and between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in the fall and spring semesters.

What do I need to study for the PERT?

You can find many resources online (especially on IRSC’s website) to help you score high on the PERT.

Can I use a calculator on the PERT for the math section?

There is a calculator built into the PERT testing system. It will automatically “pop up” if the question allows the use of a calculator. However, personal or handheld calculators are not permitted.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 30 questions per test section; 90 questions total. Each section has 25 scored questions and 5 field test questions.

What is the score range for the PERT?

50- 150

What if I didn’t get the PERT score to qualify?

Students are required to wait seven (7) days before retesting on the same PERT sub-test, and students are strongly encouraged to re-mediate before retesting. There is no limit on the number of retest attempts.

I received my scores and I have met all requirements for dual enrollment. What do I do next?

Bring a printed copy of your PERT results to your school counselor. From there, you will be able to register for classes.