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Developmental Studies

Start Strong with Developmental Studies at NOVA

Students come to NOVA for many reasons including earning a degree, entering a new career field or transferring to a four-year university. NOVA strives to provide our students with every opportunity to succeed. Step one is evaluating each student’s college readiness by taking the required English and Math placement tests. If the tests show that a student needs developmental courses, that student is required to complete those courses during their first semester of college.

In developmental math classes (known as MASTER Math, or MTT), students use a structured set of units to strengthen the skills they need to succeed in credit-level classes.

Developmental English classes (known as English Fundamentals, or ENF) help students master academic reading, writing and analytical skills that they will use to advance to upper level classes and beyond.

The attention and guidance that students receive in developmental classes will give them the confidence to overcome academic hurdles on their way to earning their degree.

First-time-to-college students, ages 17 - 24, who test in to developmental courses, must enroll during the first semester.

Virginia Placement Tests

Find out more about the Virginia Placement Tests. Links from that page will take you to pages highlighting the math and English VPTs and include practice tests and additional information to help students prepare for the placement tests.