Take a Practice Placement Test

Note: New students are exempt from taking the placement tests if they have taken the SAT and received a score of 500 or above on Critical Reading and Writing and/or 520 or above on Math, or you have taken the ACT and received a score of 21 or higher in the English and Reading, and/or a score of 22 or higher in Math. You must bring a copy of your scores with you to the Testing Center prior to your advising appointment. Scores are valid for two (2) years from the testing date.

If you have completed a placement test within the past 2 years, or have taken the SATs, ACTs or have taken ENG 111, ENG 112 and MTH 151 or equivalent, you may not need to take the placement test.

English Test:

This test includes a multiple choice reading test and a written essay graded along five domains: organization; focus, development, and support; vocabulary; sentence structure; and mechanics.Based on placement results, students will be placed into college level English; ENF 3 (which requires concurrent enrollment with college level English); ENF 2; ENF 1; or Below the Floor, thereby requiring a different level of remediation to be provided by the College or local Adult Basic Education programs.


Preparing for the Virginia Placement Test – English :


Math Test:

Multiple-choice items in each of mathematics readiness areas test the following:

  • Operations – Mastery of operations and basic concepts with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebraic basics and order of operations.

  • Equations – Applying sequences of first degree and linear equations, inequalities, systems of linear equations in one and two variables, and quadratic equations.

  • Expressions, Functions and Graphing – Demonstrating conceptual understanding principles and relationships of exponents, factoring, parabolas, rational expressions and exponents, radicals and functions.

Students are permitted to use the online calculator provided within the test. Students are not permitted to bring their own calculators.

Click here to begin a practice exam for The Virginia Practice Placement Test

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