A Guide for Dual Enrollment Students
What is the Virginia Placement Test?
The Virginia Placement Test is a free, two-part assessment of English and math skill levels. The placement test is designed to assess new college students for their readiness to be successful in college coursework. All Germanna students must take a placement test and receive qualifying scores prior to enrolling in college coursework.
Why do I need a placement test?
Germanna Community College uses placement test results to determine if you are ready for college coursework. The placement test is a required step in Germanna Community College's enrollment process. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT may submit qualifying scores as an alternative placement. Your placement test results are valid for 2 years.
Who needs to take a placement test?
All new Germanna students—including Dual Enrollment students—must be assessed for their readiness for college coursework. There are only two exceptions: a) students who have already taken the SAT or ACT and received qualifying scores for alternative placement, or b) students who have already taken college coursework in Math or English (prerequisite requirements still must be fulfilled).
When and where do I take my placement test?
You must take your placement test (and receive qualifying scores) prior to enrolling in Dual Enrollment courses. Your high school sets the date(s) for placement testing sessions at your school; see your high school guidance counselor in order to sign up for a test date. You must bring a valid picture ID on the day of the test. Additionally, you must complete your Germanna Community College Application for Admission prior to your test date in order to receive your Student ID Number; this Student ID Number is required to start your test.
How do I know if my scores qualify me for Dual Enrollment courses?
Dual Enrollment courses vary in the placement tests (i.e., VPT-English and/or VPT-Mathematics), and in the placement level required for course eligibility. The Dual Enrollment Placement Scores and Course Prerequisites list identifies the sections of the VPT required for each Dual Enrollment course. When you complete your placement test, you will receive a score report showing your placement level, which is then used to determine which courses you are eligible to take.
What if I do not receive qualifying scores?
If you do not receive a placement test score that qualifies you for Dual Enrollment courses, that's okay! Remember that the test is a measure of college readiness, and some of the questions may cover information you have not yet studied in your high school curriculum. Use the results of your placement test to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses and work on those areas while you are still in high school.
How can I prepare for my placement test?
Taking the time to prepare for your placement test will make a difference! There are many resources available for you to use to prepare for your placement test. Please visit the "Are you college-ready?" page to access these helpful practice questions and sample tests.
What topics does the VPT-English cover?
The VPT English test will consist of two weighted parts: the writing prompt, which is more heavily weighted, and the multiple-choice reading comprehension section. The VPT English test will begin with a selection of writing prompts. Computerized help tools, such as spell check and auto correct, will not be available; students will be expected to proofread their writing prior to submission. After completing the writing section, students will encounter a series of reading selections followed by multiple choice questions to evaluate reading comprehension.
The essay will be scored based on five writing competencies:
- Focus, Development, and Support
- Sentence Structure
What topics does the VPT-Mathematics cover?
The VPT Mathematics test will consist of a series of math questions, but the degree of difficulty will vary throughout the assessment. The test will begin with an adaptive section; therefore it will progress in difficulty as the student answers questions correctly. Once the student reaches his/her optimal math ability, the test will terminate, and the appropriate college level will be determined.
The VPT-Mathematics tests understanding of the following math concepts:
- Operations with Positive Fractions
- Operations with Positive Decimals and Percents
- Algebra Basics
- First Degree Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
- Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Systems of Equations in Two Variables
- Exponents, Factoring, and Polynomial Equations
- Rational Expressions and Equations
- Rational Exponents and Radicals
- Functions, Quadratic Equations, and Parabolas