When students prepare to take the placement tests, the importance of reviewing material that has previously been studied cannot be over emphasized. The placement test is not an admissions test or an aptitude test. The test measures how well students demonstrate skills and proficiencies which will indicate the courses they are prepared to take. Not reviewing before taking the placement test could place students into courses that are below their actual skill level. This can delay a student’s progress by one or more semesters, causing disruption in course sequencing and costing extra time and money.
Students are highly encouraged to start the review process early to provide enough time to practice and to build confidence in taking the placement test. This will ensure the most accurate course placement for each student.
Students looking for further assistance in preparing to take the VPT can sign up for individual tutoring support in the Testing Center.
This document is intended to help students review for the VPT-English Test. It should prove useful whether students use these resources before or after taking the VPT-English Practice Test. The document is arranged according to six broad categories. Each category includes links to specific online resources as well as bulleted lists of activities that students will find at the online sites.
- Additional Assessments and Practice Tests
- Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
- The Writing Process
- Grammar and Mechanics
- Editing and Proofreading
- Research and Documentation
Online Resources for VPT English Review (PDF) (All links were verified on October 5, 2015.)
This site is designed to help students prepare for the Mathematics placement test by strengthening existing skills and brushing up on the skills that need improvement. This interactive site asks sample questions and checks the answers before allowing students to move on. If the student gets an incorrect answer, links to outside resources on that specific topic are suggested for further review.
Note: At this point, Math Site is a pilot, containing only resources for the first three units of the VPT Math.
Students can take a diagnostic practice test in VPT English, math, or both. Following the practice test, students are able to view their scores and receive feedback on which areas they can benefit from further review.
Click here for further instructions on taking the VPT practice test. (PDF)
You can download a printable set of practice questions for the VPT here. All documents are in PDF format.
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