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Do I need the VPT Math placement test?

Are you a new college student?

Students who are brand new to college courses and do not answer yes to any of the questions below may need to take the VPT Math test to determine their college placement. Review materials are available for students to prepare for successful placement.

Students may submit a high school/home school transcript or SAT, ACT, GED scores for evaluation. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of their senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses. High school/home school transcripts do not need to be official for initial placement determination but officials are required in order to post to the students record. By providing their transcripts, students may not need to take the placement test. Please see a counselor for further evaluation.


Are you a returning college student?

Placement scores are good for two years. If a student have not taken any college math classes and have been gone from GCC for more than two years,  they will need to take the VPT Math test to determine their new placement. Developmental math classes are only good for two years so students who have developmental math classes more than two years old, also have to take the VPT to determine placement.

Contact the developmental math department chair with questions to discuss math experiences and options.


Do you have transfer credits or dual enrollment credits in mathematics?

If so, students probably do not need to take the VPT Math test. Please show the transcripts to a counselor or advisor for review. He or she will determine if any parts of the VPT Math test need to be taken and explain this.


Do you have any Math SAT, ACT, or GED scores?

A minimum math SAT score of 530* or a minimum ACT score of 22 is eligible for MTH 161 and 167 (MTE 1-9 satisfied). A minimum SAT math score of 510* or an ACT score of 19 is eligible for Liberal Arts Math (MTH 154). If students wish to place into MTH 162, 245, 261, or 263 they will need to complete the VPT Calculous Only test that will determine eligibility. To proceed, students must show their SAT or ACT scores to a counselor or advisor for review. The counselor will then grant permission for the VPT Calculous Only test.

A minimum math GED score of 165 is eligible for Liberal Arts Math (MTH 154) (MTE 1-5 satisfied).

Students may submit a high school/home school transcript or SAT, ACT, GED scores for evaluation. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of their senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses. High school/home school transcripts do not need to be official for initial placement determination but officials are required in order to post to the students record. By providing transcripts, students may not need to take the placement test. Please see a counselor for further evaluation.

SAT – Math

Score Eligibility
530 or above Eligible for MTH 161 and 167 (MTE 1-9 satisfied)
510 – 520 range Eligible for MTH 154 (MTE 1-5 satisfied)

ACT – Subject Area Test Math

Score Eligibility
22 or above Eligible for MTH 161 and 167(MTE 1-9 satisfied)
19-21 range Eligible for MTH 154 (MTE 1-5 satisfied)

GED Math

Score Eligibility
165 or above Eligible for MTH 154 (MTE 1-5 satisfied)
155-165 range Eligible for MTH 120 (MTE 1-3 satisfied)

*If a student took the SAT before March 2016, scores of 520 or higher in Math may be accepted to place in the MTH courses listed above. Please see the Welcome Center for additional information regarding test scores.

Do I need the VPT-English placement test?

Are you a new college student?

Students who are brand new to college courses and do not answer yes to any of the questions below may need to take the VPT-English test to determine their college placement. Review materials are available for students to prepare for successful placement.

Students may submit a high school/home school transcript or SAT, ACT, GED scores for evaluation. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of their senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses. High school/home school transcripts do not need to be official for initial placement determination but officials are required in order to post to the students record. By providing their transcripts, students may not need to take the placement test. Please see a counselor for further evaluation.


Are you a returning college student?

Placement scores are good for two years. If students have not taken any developmental or college-level English classes, they will need to take the VPT-English test to determine their new placement.


Do you have transfer credits or dual enrollment credits in English?

If so, students probably do not need to take the VPT-English test. Please show the transcripts to a counselor or advisor for review. He or she will determine if the VPT English test needs to be taken and explain this to you.


Do you have any English SAT, ACT, or GED scores?

A minimum English SAT score of 480* or a minimum English ACT score of 18 may place a student into English 111, and will not need to take the VPT-English test. To register for classes, students must show their SAT or ACT scores to a counselor or advisor. For further questions regarding the VPT-English guidelines, please see a GCC counselor or contact the English Department at vsekinger@germanna.edu.

A minimum English GED score of 165 may place you into English 111.

Students may submit a high school/home school transcript or SAT, ACT, GED scores for evaluation. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of their senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses. High school/home school transcripts do not need to be official for initial placement determination but officials are required in order to post to the students record. By providing transcripts, students may not need to take the placement test. Please see a counselor for further evaluation.

*If a student took the SAT before March 2016, scores of 500 or higher in English may be accepted to place in English 111. Please see the Welcome Center for additional information regarding test scores.

Do I need the ESL placement test?

Prospective students

Prospective students where English is not their native language take the English as Second Language test before taking the VPT English test. The English as a Second Language Test along with a counselor will recommend the student to take the VPT English if they score well on the test.

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