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Step 3: Take Placement Tests, Then Attend a SOAR Session or Meet with an Advisor

Students who plan to apply for financial aid or pursue a degree or certificate at PVCC requiring math or English courses must take placement tests. These tests are administered in the Testing Center at PVCC (Main Building, Rm. M607). See Center hours. There is no fee to take the placement tests. You can prepare for these tests by reviewing placement test information.

Possible exemptions from taking some or all of the placement tests include:

• SAT scores (within two years) of at least 520 in math and/or 500 in BOTH Critical Reading and Writing
• Certain ACT scores (consult with PVCC’s Admissions & Advising Center)
• Successful completion of certain college-level math and/or English courses
• AP test scores of 3 or higher in English and/or math

After taking your placement tests, you are required to attend a SOAR session (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) if you are a high school or home school 2014 graduate or if you are a first-time college student with an interest in pursuing a degree or certificate at PVCC. Go to www.pvcc.edu/soar for SOAR dates and how to sign up. If you completed college credits at another school, you are not required to attend SOAR. Instead, make an appointment with an advisor in the Admissions & Advising Center.

After you take placement tests and meet with an advisor, continue with step 4 in the enrollment process.

When to send official transcripts to PVCC: This is necessary if you want to receive transfer credit for previously completed college coursework obtained outside the Virginia Community College System. Only students applying or entering alied health programs (nursing, surgical technology, emergency medical services, sonography or radiography) need to send high school transcripts. Send your official academic transcripts along with a completed Transcript Evaluation Request Form to the mailing address above right. If you attended another Virginia community college, the completed Transcript Evaluation Request Form is still required, but we do not need an official transcript.

*If you are a student with a documented disability requiring classroom accommodation, please inform the administrative assistant when making your appointment.