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Direct Enrollment and Self-Placement

High school graduates and GED recipients are no longer required to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT)*. If you graduated from high school five or fewer years ago and have not taken college classes yet, you will be placed into college-level math and English by using multiple placement measures such as high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, as well as the highest-level math you have taken. You may be placed into a corequisite course to help you will the college-level math or English course.

What is Informed Self-Placement?


Informed Self-Placement guides students who graduated from a U.S. high school or received a GED more than five (5) years ago by recommending English and mathematics courses based upon the student’s experiences and comfort with academic writing and math, as well as their support needs.

Which English and Math Courses Should You Register For?


After you submit your application to the College, you will be asked to complete the direct enrollment survey (see green boxes link below). Your survey results will indicate what level of Math and English that will best serve your needs. You will need to know your MYNOVA username and password in order to access the survey. We also encourage you to save a copy of your results just in case you need to speak with an enrollment advisor.

*Exceptions: VPT is required for students who will receive veterans benefits. Students who have not completed high school or a GED, including dual enrollment students, will be able to take the VPT.

Students who graduated from high school in the past five years:

Advising Survey for Informed Self-Placement

Students who graduated from high school/GED more than five years:

Advising Survey for Direct Enrollment

Which Courses Are Right For You?


What Math course is right for me?

Click here to learn more about Math placement.

What if my home language is not English?

If your home language is not English and you are looking for ESL classes, please click here.

Need Help?


If you need to speak to someone about your advising survey, please contact our admissions advisor team at admissions@nvcc.edu or call on of our call center representatives at 703.323.3000.

If you can't find your MyNOVA Username or Empl ID, call the Student Support Center at 1.855.323.3199.

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