Placement Test

Testing Center

The Testing Center, Room 607 Main Building, proctors placement tests, makeup tests, and tests for online courses. Click here for hours.

What is the Virginia Placement Test?
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS), including Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), administers to the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). It is not an admission test. It evaluates readiness for college-level English and math courses, and it ensures that students are placed into the right course(s) for their program of study.

Do I need to take the VPT?
Most students are required to take the VPT. However, ACT/SAT, AP exam, and GED test scores as well as high school coursework and cumulative HS GPA may exempt students from taking it. Click measures for English and math placement or speak to an academic advisor to find out if you need to take the VPT. Non-native speakers take the Accuplacer in place of the VPT for English. Click Accuplacer for more information.

What should I expect when taking the VPT?
The VPT for English and the VPT for Math are computerized, not paper and pencil. Both tests are untimed, yet students should allow two hours to complete each test. At the end of the VPT, students will receive a printout which lists the course(s) they may take, not a passing score. Students may retake the VPT for English, VPT for Math, or both once in a 12-month period; however students may not retake the VPT once enrolled in a corresponding developmental course. Click VPT brochure and watch the video for more information.

How should I prepare for the VPT?
Students are strongly encouraged to take a practice test prior to taking the VPT. If students need additional hep prior to taking the the test, online resources and tutoring are available at no cost in The First Quadrant Math Center (VPT for math) and The Writing Center (VPT for English). Tutors are available on a first-come, first-serve basis or by appointment. Click VPT brochure and see the following checklists for more information.

VPT for Math Checklist

  • Take an online practice test. Additional practice problems are available, too. Click here to access additional math practice.
  • Use computer-based tutorial in The First Quadrant Math Center, M253 Main Building.
  • Review math texts on reserve in the Betty Sue Jessup Library, M700 Main Building
  • Meet with a math tutor to review previously learned material, not new concepts.
  • Take the placement test in the Testing Center, M607 Main Building.

VPT for English Checklist

  • Take an online practice test.
  • Meet with a writing tutor.
  • Take the placement test in the Testing Center, M607 Main Building.

Online Practice Test
Click to complete an online practice test.

  1. Select Student Self-Registration.
  2. Under institution, choose VCCS Practice Test Institution.
  3. Under site, select VCCS Practice Test.
  4. In the password field, enter Virginiapt.
  5. Complete the required fields (denoted by a red asterisk) and click submit.
  6. Select a practice test to complete.
  7. Once registered on the VPT practice site, users will receive a user ID and password.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are my placement test scores valid?

Math and English placement results are good for five years from the date taken.

No personal calculators are allowed. An on-screen, four-function calculator is provided as appropriate during the test. Students who wish to test into Calculus are encouraged to practice with a four function calculator instead of a graphing calculator.

Do I need a photo ID to take the VPT?

Yes, you must present a photo ID to the Testing Center prior to taking the VPT.

How much does it cost to take the VPT?

There is no fee to take the VPT.


If English is not my native language, do I take the VPT for English?

No, non-native speakers take the Accuplacer test, not the VPT for English. Click practice to prepare for the Accuplacer.


Am I exempt from taking the VPT for English, VPT for Math, or both?

Students who have completed college-level English, college-level math, or have taken the ACT/SAT may be exempt. Contact Admissions & Advising for assistance.


If I am not pleased with my placement results, may I retake the VPT?

Yes, you may retake the VPT once in a 12-month period, but you may not retake it once you start a corresponding developmental course.


How much should I study for the VPT?

You should brush up on previously learned material but do not attempt to learn new material.