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Virginia Placement Test (VPT)

Home school and high school students who plan on taking classes outside of the programmed high school day and at a Germanna facility are called, “Independent Dual Enrollment (IDE)” students. IDE students must submit all required documentation to a Germanna Counselor in Student Services for consideration each semester until the completion of high school.

A guide for dual enrollment students

What is the Virginia Placement Test (VPT)?

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 test. Your placement test results are valid for 2 years.

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 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.  You can access an online VPT-Practice Test which, gives you an opportunity to experience the look and feel of the VPT.  Download instructions for the VPT-Practice Test , take the time to read them over first.  Then when you are ready, take the practice test or enter the internet address provided in the instruction booklet.

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:

  • Organization
  • Focus, Development, and Support
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure
  • Mechanics

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 and then, progress in difficulty as the student answers questions correctly.  Once the student reaches his/her optimal math ability, the test will terminate.  The appropriate college placement level will then 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