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Student Services - Assessment/Placement

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Assessment of skill level is mandatory for all new students. Placement testing may be required as part of that assessment. To ensure appropriate placement in beginning classes, new students must demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills in reading, writing and mathematics before registering for classes that require proficiency in these skills. This may be accomplished in one of the following ways:

  • Take Germanna’s placement tests, VPT English, or Compass/ESL for English as a second language students, and VPT Math.
  • Submit current SAT, ACT or placement test scores from another Virginia community college
  • Present transcript of math and/or English credit earned at a “C” grade or higher at another accredited college.

To determine if placement tests are required, contact the Counseling Center for information on the placement testing policy. Students should take placement tests prior to the beginning of the term in which they plan to start classes. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office before taking the tests. Taking placement tests early is extremely important. Students who delay testing until near, or during, the final registration period; could experience lengthy waiting periods for counseling and advising sessions. They will also register late and may not be able to enroll in the classes of their choice due to filled classes. Placement testing is done through Testing Services on a walk-in basis for students who can present an approved photo ID and their Germanna student ID number. Students should consult the Testing Services webpage for Testing Center hours of operation. Students with learning or physical disabilities may request accommodations through the Disabilities Services Coordinator.