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Placement Testing (View Revised Version)

11/16/18 - Original Content

Placement Test Exemptions

English Placement Test

Students who have taken a standardized test within the past two years and present test scores as follows may enroll directly into ENG 111 without testing:

  • a minimum of 560 (applies only to SATs taken March 2016 onward) or 500 (applies only to SATs taken before March 2016) on both the critical reading and writing portions of the SAT exam,
  • a minimum combined score of 18 on both the English and writing tests of the ACT, or
  • a 95 or higher on the TOEFL iBT.

In addition, the following students may be eligible for credit for ENG 111 and may not need to take the placement test:

  • students who have a previous transfer-oriented associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution;
  • students with a satisfactory score on AP, IB, Cambridge Advanced Level, or CLEP exams.

Many courses require placement into ENG 111 as a prerequisite.

English Placement Test Exemptions

Students who have taken the SAT, ACT, GED, or TOEFL IBT within the last five years may be considered eligible for ENG 111; or, ENG 111 co-enrolled with ENF 3; without having to take the Virginia Placement Test for English.

  • Students with a minimum score of 480 on the English Evidence Based Reading/Writing SAT are eligible for ENG 111 (applies only to SATs taken after March 2016).
  • Students with a score between 460 and 479 on the English Evidence Based Reading/Writing SAT are eligible for ENG 111 co-enrolled with ENF 3 (applies only to SATs taken before March 2016).
  • Students with a minimum score of 500 on both the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the SAT taken before March 2016 are eligible for ENG 111.
  • Students with a minimum combined score of 18 on both the English and Reading ACT are eligible for ENG 111.
  • Students with a combined score between 15 and 17 on both the English and Reading ACT are eligible for ENG 111 co-enrolled with ENF 3.
  • Students with a GED English score of 165 or above are eligible for ENG 111.
  • Students with a score of 95 or higher on the TOEFL IBT are eligible for ENG 111.

In addition, the following students may be eligible for credit for ENG 111 and may not need to take the placement test:

  • students who have a previous transfer-oriented associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution;
  • students with a satisfactory score on AP, IB, Cambridge Advanced Level, or CLEP exams.

Math Placement Test

A student who provides official evidence of a minimum mathematics score on one of the below test options, taken within the last two years, may register for MTH 115, MTH 126, MTH 150, MTH 151, MTH 152, MTH 157 or MTH 181 without taking the math placement test:

  • a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics section of the SAT
  • a minimum score of 22 on the mathematics section of the ACT
  • a minimum score of 165 on the mathematics section of the GED

A placement test may still be required, dependent on the mathematics requirements in the student's academic plan.

Math Placement Test Exemptions

Students who have taken the SAT, ACT, or GED within the last five years may be considered eligible for certain Math courses without having to take the Virginia Placement Test for Math.

  • Students with a score between 510 and 529 on the SAT Math, or, a score between 19 and 21 on the ACT Math; are eligible for: MTH 115, MTH 126, MTH 150, MTH 151, MTH 152, and MTH 157.
  • Students with a score of 530 or above on the SAT Math, or, a score of 22 or above on the ACT Math; are eligible for: MTH 115, MTH 126, MTH 150, MTH 151, MTH 152, MTH 157, MTH 163, MTH 166, and MTH 181.
  • Students with a GED Math score between 155 and 164 are eligible for MTH 115 and MTH 126.
  • Students with a GED Math score of 165 or above are eligible for MTH 115, MTH 126, MTH 150, MTH 151, MTH 152, and MTH 157.

A placement test may still be required, dependent on the mathematics requirements in the student's academic plan.

Duration of Test Score Validity and Test Retakes

English test scores are valid for two (2) years after the date of the test. Students who take the English placement test and who do not enroll in developmental English are allowed to take one retest within 12 months. Students who attempt a developmental English course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established College procedures.

English as a Second Language (ESL) scores are valid for 12 months; tests may be repeated after six months for students who score below Level 2, and after 12 months for those who score Level 2 or higher.

Math 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 math are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt developmental mathematics will be ineligible for a retest. Academic deans may grant exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.

Virginia Placement Test for English scores are valid for five (5) years from the date of the test. Students who take the English placement test and who do not enroll in a developmental English course are allowed to take one retest within 12 months. Students who attempt a developmental English course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established College procedures.

Accuplacer English as a Second Language (ESL) scores are valid for 12 months. Students may attempt the test a second time after six months only if the student originally placed in to Level 1. Students who place in to Level 2 or above on their first attempt must wait 12 months to attempt the test a second time.

Virginia Placement Test for Math scores are valid for five (5) years from the date of the test. Students who take the placement test and who do not enroll in a developmental or college level math course are allowed one (1) retest within the twelve (12) months following their original test date. Students who enroll in a developmental or college level math course after their first test attempt will be ineligible for a retest. Academic deans may grant exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.

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