The Virginia Placement Test
The Virginia Community College System is using the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) to place students into
English and Math classes. There are two sections of the VPT, English and Math. The VPT for English is
an untimed test that begins with an essay and then has a 40 multiple choice questions. The VPT for Math
is untimed and all multiple choice. Depending on how well the student performs on the Math test, there
could be multiple Math sections. Students cannot skip a question or go back to previous questions to
change the answer. The VPT is not a pass/fail test but will determine the English or Math classes in
which students can begin. Those taking the test should allow one and a half hours for
each portion of the test.
There are a few was to prepare for the VPT. You can watch this video
explaining the test and there are practice tests available for students to become familiar with the
test set-up and types of questions on the test. Instructions for the practice tests are available here -
Virginia Practice Test Directions. The English
practice test only covers the multiple choice portion of the English test. Students need to be
aware that they will need to type a full essay (more than 300 words, with an introductory paragraph,
three or more supporting paragraphs and a concluding paragraph) when they come to take the English
Placement Test. For the Math test, Practice Test 1 covers the content of Units 1 – 5; Practice
Test 2 covers the content of Units 6 – 9. There are also practice tests available for the Calculus
portions of the Math Placement Test.
The topics of the Math Units are:
Unit 0 – Operations with Whole Numbers
Unit 1 – Operations with Positive Fractions
Unit 2 – Operations with Positive Decimals and Percents
Unit 3 – Algebra Basics
Unit 4 – First Degree Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
Unit 5 – Linear Equations, Inequalities and Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
Unit 6 – Exponents, Factoring and Polynomial Equations
Unit 7 – Rational Exponents and Equations
Unit 8 – Rational Exponents and Radicals
Unit 9 – Functions, Quadratic Equations and Parabolas
To take the VPT, a student must have applied to CVCC and have a student ID number (also known as an Empl
ID or Customer ID number) and bring a valid photo ID when they come to test. Pencil and paper are
provided for students to use on the test as well as an on-screen calculator (with some questions on the
test, the on-screen calculator is not displayed). Outside calculators or cell phones are not
allowed during the test and will cause a student to be dismissed from the test. Once a student
has taken the test, they will need to see a Counselor to go over their scores and enroll in classes.
Placement test scores are valid for a two year period and students can take the test twice in a twelve
month period. However, if a student starts taking developmental classes before retaking the test, they
are not allowed to take the test again to try to get into a higher class level. The student will have to
then follow their developmental class pathway. Students must wait one day before retaking the test.
If student has high enough ACT and SAT scores, those can be used to substitute for the VPT. Information
on those scores can be found here – Testing Policy.
Testing at the CVCC Lynchburg campus is Monday through Thursday from 8am – 5pm and Friday from 8am – 3pm.
Call the Counseling Department at (434) 832-7800 for more information about the test or testing at the
Lynchburg campus. To test at an off-site center, call them in advance to check on testing times. The
phone numbers for the off-site centers are; Altavista – (434) 832-7280, Amherst – (434) 832-7898,
Appomattox – (434) 832-7200 and Bedford – (434) 832-7284.
CVCC complies with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.
CVCC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.