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I-7: Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Retest Policy

Policy Number: I-7
Last Reviewed: March 18, 2014
Responsible Dept.: Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

All curricular and dual enrollment students must complete college placement tests or submit documentation of a qualifying exemption to placement testing upon admission to the college. Additionally, non-curricular students desiring to enroll in courses with prerequisites are required to complete relevant placement tests.

Placement test scores are valid for two years from the date of completion. Students who complete the placement test and do not enroll in developmental education courses are allowed one test and one re-test within twelve months. Students who attempt developmental education courses are ineligible for a re-test. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established procedures (see Re-test Exemptions below).

7.1 Qualifying Placement Test Exemptions- Mathematics

Students who provide official evidence of any of the following qualify for exemption from the mathematics placement test. Students qualifying for this exemption are permitted to enroll in any entry-level mathematics course (MTH 166, MTH 163, MTH 157, MTH 151, MTH 152, MTH 120).

  • 520 SAT- Mathematics score completed within the last two years
  • 22 ACT- Mathematics scores completed within the last two years
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

7.2 Qualifying Placement Test Exemptions- English

Students who provide official evidence of any of the following qualify for exemption from the English placement test. Students qualifying for this exemption are permitted to enroll in ENG 111.

  • 500 Critical Reading & 500 Writing SAT scores completed within the last two years
  • 21 English & 21 Reading ACT scores completed within the last two years
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

7.3 Qualifying Placement Test Exemptions- Dual Enrollment Admissions Criteria

For additional information regarding exemptions to placement testing for Dual Enrollment (High School and Home School) Student Admission, please see the General Admissions Policy.

7.4 Re-test Exceptions

A developmental education instructor may recommend a student for an exception to the re-test policy by submitting a Re-test Policy Exception Petition to the appropriate academic dean for approval. All students completing non-credit English courses are eligible for a re-test policy exemption in order to complete the placement test as their final exam in the class. Possible justifications for requesting a re-test policy exemption may include:

  • The student is completing a non-credit English course and is completing the placement test as their final exam in the course.
  • The student receives an "R" in a developmental English course, but the instructor believes the student may be prepared to move into a higher-level English course
  • The student has made significant progress towards the completion of developmental mathematics units, but the semester ended before the student could complete the final exam for the unit.

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