Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Information

Per VCCS Policy Manual, the following policies are in effect for the Virginia Placement Test:
Test scores are valid for two (2) years after the date of the test. Student who take the Mathematics or English placement test and who do not enroll in developmental math and/or English are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental math and/or English are ineligible for a retest. Students who provide official evidence of SAT and/or ACT test scores that meet the minimum score requirements and were taken within the last two years, are exempt from taking the VCCS placement test.

Minimum score requirements are as follows:


    • SAT 550 or above
    • ACT 22 or above.


    • SAT Reading 500 or above, SAT Writing 500 or above OR the Combined Writing/Reading 560.
    • ACT combined score of 21 or above on both the English and Writing tests of ACT.


English: The VPT English assessment consists of an essay question and 40 multiple choice questions. The essay must be a multi-paragraph essay. There will be two topics to choose from and you must choose one to write about. Once you start the essay, you cannot go back and change the topic. Please see below for tips on successful essay writing. Upon completion of the essay, you will be given 40 multiple choice questions. It is advised that you read the questions before reading the passages.
The essay should follow the proper structure of an essay. There should be an introduction paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph.
Do not write the title of the essay, your name, the date, or any other piece of information that is not part of the body of the essay. Only the body of the essay should be typed into the text box.
Make sure to distinguish between paragraphs by pressing enter one time.
Make sure to read over your essay, looking for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors before submitting the essay. Once you submit the essay, you cannot go back and edit it.
You may not use any additional help, for example, a dictionary, asking neighbors for assistance, any type of online help, notes brought in to the testing lab, or any other type of help.
You may use scratch paper and pencil or pen. Any notes, pre-written essays, or written brainstorming ideas MUST be 1) Done in the lab, not brought into the lab and 2) be discarded before leaving the testing lab. It is against VCCS policy to take any notes or written essays out of the testing lab.
Math: The VPT Math assessment consists of an initial 30 questions assessing your Algebra I skills. You may NOT use your own calculator, there will be one supplied on the test. You may NOT bring math notes, practice questions, formula sheets, or any other type of assistance. You may use scratch paper. Upon completion of the initial 30 questions, one of the following will occur:
If you score out of Algebra I, you will be given another 30 questions assessing your Algebra II skills.
If you do not score out of Algebra I, you will be given either Algebra I diagnostics (diagnostic 1 through 5) or you will be given a basic math test.
If you score out of Algebra II, you will be taken into a Calculus assessment or be finished, depending on how well you did on the Algebra II part.
If you do not score out of Algebra II, you will be given a series of five diagnostic test to determine which areas of Algebra II you need help in.

Placement Test Practice and Tutorials
English Practice Math Practice
VPT English Placement Practice Test Instructions (PDF format)
Note: The VPT English Practice Test is only available in an online format.
Practice Test (printable version)
VPT ENG Practice Test Resources - Additional Practice
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Virginia Math Placement Practice Test (Online)
Note: please download the instructions for the online practice test.
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Essay Writing Tips from
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VPT Math Site - VCCS Math Practice Site
Writing Skills Tips from
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Reading Comprehension and Practice
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Khan Academy - Math Tutorial Web Site
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