Placement Measures through Fall 2021

Due to limited or no access to the VPT during the 2020 COVID-19 emergency, the Virginia Community College Chancellor has temporarily approved a modification to VCCS Policy 6.6.3, Dual Enrollment Student Admissions, that adds flexibility to use additional measures for dual enrollment admission and placement. 

For students who have not already taken the VPT or who do not have access to other test scores (Compass, Asset, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SOL), VWCC will use the Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Emergency Admission and Placement Procedures, outlined below, for enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year.

If you are a rising 9th grade student, and you do not yet have a high school GPA, you will need to take the VPT practice exam and have a recommendation from your school counseling office to participate in dual enrollment classes. You do not need to come to campus to complete this, however you may only take the practice exam once. Directions for this option can be found here (PDF).

If you are a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student, only your high school GPA, or scores from a PSAT, SAT or ACT exam may be used to satisfy the testing requirements for English. The Algebra SOL and your level of high school math may also be used along with the PSAT, ACT or SAT score to satisfy the testing requirements for mathematics.

Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Emergency Admission and Placement Measures

Subject AreaCumulative High School GPA*Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Eligible for Placement in:
English3.00 or greaterENG 111 and transfer courses
Math2.00 – 2.99MTH 101-130, MTH 132, CAD 111
3.00 or greater without Algebra 2MTH 101-130, MTH 132, MTH 154 or 155, BIO 101
3.00 or greater with Algebra 2MTH 101-133, MTH 154, MTH 155, MTH 161 or 167, CHM 111

* Cumulative GPA may be weighted or unweighted. Please report data using the VWCC VPT Spreadsheet to report scores.

Testing Requirements

Students who would like to use alternative testing scores rather than their HS GPA must meet the testing benchmarks noted below.

The charts below show the ADMISSION CRITERIA ONLY that students must meet to enroll in dual enrollment courses. Some courses may have additional pre- or co-requisites. The VWCC catalog is the official source for information relating to placement testing and course requirements. This chart is a guideline that may not represent the most current information found in our online catalog. Please refer to the online catalog when planning for testing or enrollment needs.

Admission Criteria for Transfer and/or Courses with a Math or English Placement Recommendation

Virginia Placement Test (VPT)PSAT**SAT***ACT***SOL***COMPASSASSET
English/Writing*ENG 111N/AN/A18N/A7643
Reading*ENG 111N/AN/A18N/A8142
Writing/ReadingENG 111390480N/AN/AN/AN/A
MathMTE 150053022Algebra I – Pass2533

* Must satisfy both the English and Writing scores to meet the VPT alternative testing requirement
** PSAT and SOL scores may not be used to satisfy math pre-requisites for courses that require placement testing beyond MTE 1
*** SAT and ACT scores may be used to satisfy MTE 1 – 9 scores for course pre-requisites

Admission Criteria for VWCC Career Studies and/or Courses without a Math or English Placement Recommendation

Students in occupational/technical courses that do not carry an English and/or mathematics prerequisite must meet the GPA or alternative assessment criteria. Students may combine assessments.

Virginia Placement Test (VPT)PSAT**SAT***ACT***SOL***COMPASSASSET
English/Writing*ENF 1N/AN/A18N/A3235
Reading*ENF 1N/AN/A18N/A6235
Writing/ReadingENF 1390480N/AN/AN/AN/A
MathMTE 150053022Algebra I – Pass2533

* Must satisfy both the English and Writing scores to meet the VPT alternative testing requirement
** PSAT and SOL scores may not be used to satisfy math pre-requisites for courses that require placement testing beyond MTE 1
*** SAT and ACT scores may be used to satisfy MTE 1 – 9 scores for course pre-requisites