Take the Placement Test
Some new students may need to take placement tests in English and Math unless you qualify for an exemption. Click here to see if you qualify for an exemption.
Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
What Is the VPT?
The VPT is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. The VPT offers tests in reading, math, and a writing essay. You will receive your VPT results immediately upon completion of testing, and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.
VPT 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 a different level of remediation to be provided by the College or local Adult Basic Education programs.
LFCC policy allows for one retake within a twelve month period for each placement exam. Retakes may be completed one week after the initial testing date.
Accuplacer – ESL
What Is the Accuplacer?
The Accuplacer is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. The Accuplacer includes three tests: Reading, Sentence Meaning, and Language Use. You will receive your Accuplacer results immediately upon completion of testing, and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.
Students whose first language is not English & any student requesting ESL coursework should take the Accuplacer English test.
The Accuplacer test is designed for the following students:
- Students who speak their native language most often at home
- Those who have lived in the US less than 6 years
- Those that did not attend high school in the US
Contact the Advising Office at (540) 868-7110 on the Middletown campus, (540) 351-1507 on the Fauquier campus with questions about which English placement test is the appropriate one for you.
Accuplacer English Test:
This test has three multiple choice sections, with 20-22 questions in each section. The test covers reading skills (identifying main/supporting ideas, paraphrasing, and making inferences), grammar (verb tenses, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and clauses), and mechanics for writing (punctuating, sentence combining, and avoiding common sentence mistakes). Based on the results of the test, students will be placed into ENG 111, ESL 95 (which requires co-enrollment in ENG 111), ESL level 40 (which includes ESL 41, 42, 43, and 45), ESL 30 (which includes ESL 31, 32, 33, and 35), or ESL level 0 (which means students need to register for ESL classes through the Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education Program).
VPT – 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.
New students are exempt from taking the placement tests if they have taken the SAT and received a score of 480 or above on SAT EWR, and/or 530 or higher on Math, or you have taken the ACT and received a score of 18 or higher in the English, and Reading, and/or 22 or higher on Math. You must bring a copy of your scores with you to your advising appointment.
Also, if you have completed a placement test within the past 5 years, or have taken ENG 111, ENG 112 and MTH 151 or equivalent, you may not need to take the placement test.
Taking a Test
When you arrive at the Testing Center, you must present a current form of photo identification. Any one of the following is acceptable:
- Driver’s License
- Green Card
- Learner’s Permit
- LFCC Student Identification Card
- Military identification card
- Passport or U.S. issued VISA
- Personal Identification Card from the DMV
It is not necessary to make an appointment to take an LFCC course exam or VPT placement test at the Middletown or Fauquier locations. Please allow yourself enough time to complete tests within the Testing Center hours.
Fauquier Campus Testing Center
6480 College St, Room 219
Warrenton, VA 20187
Email: [email protected]
Luray-Page County Testing Center
334 North Hawksbill St, Room 104
Luray, VA 22835
Email: [email protected]
Middletown Campus Testing Center
173 Skirmisher Lane, Room 301E
Middletown, VA 22645
Email: [email protected]