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Testing Policy - Central Virginia Community College


Testing Policy

The Virginia Community College System has established the following policies regarding the Virginia Placement Test and other tests that can be used for placement.

VCCS Placement Policy
Test scores are valid for two (2) years after the date of the test. Students who take the placement test and who do not enroll in developmental courses are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students must wait one day before retaking the test. Students who attempt developmental courses will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis. A student who provides official evidence of satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT, or GED taken within the last two years is exempt from taking the VCCS test. The following scores are needed for SAT/ACT/GED:

Before March 2016

  SAT ACT Course Placement
English/Writing 500 18 ENG 111
Reading 500 18 ENG 111
Mathematics 520-560 22-24 MTH 151, 152, 157,158
570-630 25-27 MTH 163, 166
640-690 28-30 MTH 164, 271
700+ 31+ MTH 173

 

After March 2016

  SAT ACT GED Course Placement
ERW combined 480 18 165 (RLA) ENG 111
Mathematics 530 22 165 MTH 151, 152, 157,158
590 26   MTH 163, 166
660 27   MTH 164, 271

 

Placement Testing Score Information For Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment students are required to complete ALL parts of the VPT or meet the criteria posted for alternative assessment. Students may combine assessments. Testing scores are valid for two years. Students who would like to use one of the alternative assessments must have official scores sent directly to CVCC from College Board or provide an official high school transcript showing SAT/ACT/PSAT/SOL scores.

The charts below show the admission criteria that students must meet to enroll in courses.

Admission Criteria for Transfer and/or Courses with a Math or English Placement Recommendation

Virginia Placement Test (VPT) PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/Writing* Placed ENG 111 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading* Placed ENG 111 N/A N/A 18 N/A
ERW Combined Score Placed ENG 111 390 480 N/A N/A
Math MTE 1 500 530 22 Algebra I - Pass
*Must satisfy both the English and Writing scores to meet the VPT alternative testing requirement

 

Admission Criteria for CTE Courses: Career Studies, Certificate, and/or Courses without a Math or English Placement Recommendation

Students in occupational/technical courses that do not carry an English and/or mathematics prerequisite must also complete all portions of the VPT, or meet the criteria posted for alternative assessment. Students may combine assessments.

Virginia Placement Test (VPT) PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/Writing* ENF 1 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading* ENF 1 N/A N/A 18 N/A
ERW Combined Score ENF 1 390 480 N/A N/A
Math MTE 1 500 530 22 Algebra I - Pass
*Must satisfy both the English and Writing scores to meet the VPT alternative testing requirement

 

If a student is planning to use ACT or SAT scores in place of taking the VPT, an official copy of the scores must be sent to the CVCC Counseling Department.

If a student has taken English or mathematics at another college, please contact counseling at 434-832-7800.

CVCC complies with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.
CVCC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Central Virginia
Community College

3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg VA 24502-2498

Phone: 434.832.7800
FAX: 434.386.4681

Located in Amherst Hall, Room 2100