Academic Placement Tests

Placement tests allow you and your advisor to determine if you are ready to take certain college-level courses. If your score reveals weak areas, you may be required to complete skills improvement courses before enrolling in college courses.

If you are a new student, you must take placement tests in college English and math unless you qualify for an exemption. See the following list of exemptions. To get an exemption, you must send confirmation of college-level grades or scores from SATs (taken within the past two years) to the Testing Center.

Reading and Writing Exemption

  • Freshman college English course: Grade of C or better
  • SAT Critical Reading Test: Score of 500 or higher and
  • SAT Writing Test: Score of 500 or higher 
  • ACT English Test: Score of 21 or higher and
  • ACT Reading Test: Score of 21 or higher

Mathematics Exemption

  • SAT Math Test: Score of 520 or higher
  • ACT Math Test: Score 22 or higher

Study materials

The Virginia Practice Placement Test


The test is not timed. Student(s) are only permitted to use the calculator provided with the placement test. Student(s) should plan to spend about 4 hours to complete the test.



Retake Policy

Students who take the placement test and do not enroll in developmental course are allowed one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental course will be ineligible for a retest.

Last modified: 2013-12-04 10:54:31