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Like other institutions of higher learning, Virginia Highlands Community College requires students to take English and mathematics placement tests.

Students who submit official satisfactory ACT or SAT scores taken within the last two years may exempt a student from the placement test requirement. Satisfactory scores are:

English: Any student with either SAT minimum score of 500 on both the critical reading and writing sections, or ACT minimum combined score of 21 on both the English and Writing tests taken within the last two years, is exempt from taking the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) English Test.

Math: SAT math score of at least 520 or ACT score of at least 22 from a test within the last two years exempts a student from all developmental courses in mathematics and allows enrollment into MTH 241 and all other math courses with numbers below MTH 170. Enrollment in courses higher than MTH 170 requires completion of the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Mathematics testing to determine proper placement.

Official scores should be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office. An official report can be requested at www.collegeboard.com.

1.     Purpose of Placement Test
The purpose of these tests is to assure that students are academically prepared for college level work, regardless of prior grades, work experience, or academic history.

 

2.     When to Schedule Testing
It is recommended that students schedule testing prior to enrollment period and not wait until enrollment days. For example, if a student plans to enroll during fall semester, testing should occur during the summer prior to fall registration. All students must complete the VHCC Application for Admissions before placement testing. The Testing Center administers all placement tests (LRC 121A).

 

3.     Preparation for Testing
VHCC recommends that students plan to actively prepare and review for English testing. There are various suggestions available to guide preparation on the VHCC website under Future Student>Placement Testing. Also, a short video has been prepared which students are encouraged to watch prior to testing. The short video can be accessed by following these simple steps: Go to www.vhcc.edu/podcast, click on the play video link and watch the show on your browser.

 

VHCC recommends that students plan to actively prepare and review for mathematics testing. There are several suggestions available to guide preparation on the VHCC website on the Future Students>Placement Testing page in the Math Resources section.

4.     Placement Scores
VPT recommendations are required for all placements in mathematics and English. If a student has two placement scores on record in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and both tests were taken within the past two years, VHCC will accept and use the higher placement recommendation. Placement data aid counselors, advisors and students to design academic plans that offer a higher likelihood of academic success. VPT Placement Test scores are valid for two years.

 

5.     Placement Scores from Other Institutions
Developmental course work completed outside of the Virginia Community College System is not transfer eligible. Transfer students outside the VCCS who have not completed ENG 111 with a C or better at another institution must take the VPT English placement before enrolling in ENG 111.

 

6.     Retest Policy for English
The Academic Divisions will adhere to a strict retest policy requiring students to appeal to the counselors and/or English faculty for retest. Retests will be limited to one retest. Students who take the placement test and who do not enroll in developmental English courses (ENF) are allowed to take one retest within twelve months provided they demonstrate they have prepared for the retest. Students who attempt developmental English courses (ENF) are not eligible for retest.

 

7.     Retest Policy for Mathematics
The academic divisions will adhere to a strict retest policy requiring students to appeal to the counselors and/or faculty in the respective disciples for retest. Retesting for mathematics placement will follow the VCCS policy given below:

6.4.0.2.1 Math Placement

 

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. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

The Counselors or English and mathematics faculty will document all mitigating circumstances that suggest an exception to the above placement rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 2/25/2013 4:20:42 PM