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Placement Testing

Tests Administered

Who Should Take Placement Tests?

  • English and Math Placement Testing is required of students enrolling in a curriculum or in any English or math classes unless they meet the exception criteria.
  • Students who are non-native English speakers will be required to take the ESL COMPASS placement test in order to determine appropriate placement in English and/or ESL classes.
  • Math Placement Testing is also required of all students intending to enroll in MTH 166, MTH 173, MTH 175, or MTH 270, regardless of SAT or ACT scores.
  • Other courses or programs (nursing) may require qualifying scores on the math and/or English placement tests.

If you do not receive a qualifying score, you will need to take developmental math or English before enrolling in college-level courses.

Taking a Placement Test

Tests are given in the Testing Center on a walk-in basis to admitted students.

Placement Testing Preparation

  • All placement tests are adaptive, computerized, untimed tests.
  • Allow at least 2 - 2 ½ hours to complete each test.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take each of the placement tests during separate testing sessions to prevent “test fatigue”.
  • You will get a print-out of your scores upon completion of the test.
  • Test scores are valid for two years.

What to Bring

  • Photo I.D.
  • VCCS seven-digit student ID number (EMPLID)
  • VCCS Gmail Address (username +

Students who are 16 and younger may bring a photo ID from the DMV.

Calculators and other aides are provided. Personal calculators are not permitted.

Retest Policy

One retest is allowed within 12 months of the initial attempt for each placement test, if taken before you enroll in a developmental course. Approval for additional retests is rarely granted, but is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Student Services.