Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) provides to all persons in the service region financial accessible, high quality, comprehensive educational programs and services to meet the needs of students. The college accepts responsibility for the increasing educational expectations of all groups within the academic community; therefore, requires that VHCC students take English and mathematic placement test prior to enrollment in these and other designated courses. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT and made the VHCC required scores, will be exempt from taking the ASSET or COMPASS test.
VHCC uses the ASSET or COMPASS Testing system from ACT as a means to ensure that students have
mastered competency in reading, writing and mathematical skills commensurate with their college goals. Therefore, the results of this testing will play a large part in determining whether a student will be allowed to register in a VHCC dual enrolled English, Biology, or math course.
The ASSET test:
A VHCC representative will come to each high school that will be offering a VHCC dual enrollment English,
Biology, or math course to administer the ASSET test. Dates will be announced in plenty of time for interested students to decide whether they wish to take the test. If a student is unable to test at the high school he/she can setup an appointment to come on campus to take the test. Each student will be notified whether they were successful on the test. Students will be provided with a copy of their test results and placement recommendations.
Common questions students ask about placement testing:
Will a low-test score keep me from taking certain courses?
Yes. English and mathematics courses are designed for students prepared for advanced academic placement. Please review the VHCC ASSET placement information sheet for cutoff scores.
If I do not do well, can I take the test over?
Students whose score falls into the middle band can retest if they choose to do so. Faculty recommendation
can also be used if the student’s score is within the middle band. Take the test seriously. Gain all the skills
and competency in your high school courses that you can. Use this booklet to workout sample problems. Contact the learning lab (739-2476) at the college for additional tutorials.
When should I test?
Consult with your guidance counselor if you are interested in applying for dual enrollment classes during your junior or senior year.
What kinds of questions are on the ASSET tests?
The ASSET tests all use a multiple-choice format. The following table gives the number of items and the
amount of time allowed for each test.
The ASSET tests all use a multiple-choice format. The following table gives the number of items and the amount of time allowed for each test. See sample test items attached.
Measures your understanding of appropriate usage in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, writing strategy, and writing style.
Measure your ability to find specific information in text, and to make logical inferences that extend beyond the text information.
Measures skills often taught in a first year college algebra course, including performing operations with complex numbers, exponential functions, factorials, and graphs or polynomials.
How can I prepare for each of the ASSET tests?
Tips for Taking the ASSET