All students entering a scheduled program of study which requires math or English courses must meet placement requirements for these courses.

All students entering a scheduled program of study which requires math or English courses must meet placement requirements for these courses.

Placement Tests

Placement might be decided by senior school transcripts and GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, and GED scores; all of these are valid for five years. Additionally, students that are enrolled at another advanced schooling institution or four-year college may submit their college transcripts for placement determination. Students that do not satisfy the placement requirements in relation to these multiple measures has to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).

Students must submit their applications for admission to New River before you take the placement tests. Placement testing needs to be completed just before ending up in an adviser that is academic establish a course schedule.

Students can retake the placement test one time within 12 months for the initial attempt regarding the VPT. Placement test scores are valid for 5 years.

Exemptions for Placement Testing

New students are exempt from using the placement tests if they have received appropriate scores inside the past five years on a single or a mix of the following assessments. (The scores shown will be the minimum required for exemption.)

* High school GPA might only be applied as a placement for students who received or will receive an Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma.

Students with a school that is high of 2.7-2.9, SAT/ACT scores below the scores noted above, or a GED math score of 155-164 may also be exempt based upon their program that is selected of. Please see an advisor for further evaluation.

Twelfth grade transcripts and GPA exemptions do not apply to school that is high enrolled students.

** Algebra Intensive Courses above Algebra II include Trigonometry, Advanced Algebra and Trig, Math Analysis, Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.

About the Virginia Placement Test

The VPT is a test that is computerized of two separate assessments, English and math. Each test shall take between 2 and 3 hours to accomplish. Students having to complete both tests should consider taking them on separate days in order to prevent fatigue. Individual testing times be determined by the length of time it will take the test taker to resolve the relevant questions and exactly how consistently she or he answers the questions.

Placement tests are not graded per se; they’ve been simply used to place students into appropriate courses. However, students should put their best effort into these tests to demonstrate a readiness to take college level courses and also to avoid being placed into courses that could not be needed.

VPT English

The English test has two parts: a written essay component and a choice component that is multiple.

The essay that is written more heavily weighted when you look at the total English score. Students should take their some time write a complete essay to the very best of their ability. Through the essay component, students is supposed to be asked to create a well-developed essay response to one of two prompts provided on the test. Students should compose an essay using more than 300 words and paragraphs that are multiple.

Computerized help tools such as for instance spell auto and check correct will never be available.

Once students start the essay portion, they will need certainly to complete it without leaving, except in a case of extreme need.

The multiple choice component includes 40 questions on reading and writing fundamentals.

The math test may include many different question types such as for instance multiple choice, free response, true/false, etc.

Students may use the calculator that is electronic is provided as a pop-up window this is certainly the main mathematics test. The calculator is a fundamental four function model with a square root button. It seems on all questions except for the section on basic arithmetic. (Most students will not see this part of the test.)

We highly recommend that students, who wish to test into Calculus, practice with a four function calculator rather than a graphing calculator.

Personal calculators of any kind can’t be used.

Getting ready to make the Virginia Placement Test

When students prepare to take the placement tests, the importance of reviewing material who has previously been studied is not over emphasized. The placement test just isn’t an admissions test or an aptitude test. The test measures how good students demonstrate skills and proficiencies that may indicate the courses these are generally prepared to take. Not reviewing prior to taking the placement test could place students into courses which can be below their actual skill level. This will probably delay a student’s progress by more than one semesters, causing disruption in course sequencing and costing extra time and cash.

Students are highly encouraged to start the review process early to present the full time to practice and also to build confidence in using the placement test. This may make sure the most course that is accurate for every single student.

Students searching for further assistance in getting ready to use the VPT can subscribe to individual tutoring support in Academic Assistance.

VPT English Prep Course

NRCC’s VPT English MOOC (massive open online course) will help you prepare for the English portion of the placement test. You’ll find modules with drills on writing, analyzing, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar, and using sources. Additional information in regards to the FREE VPT English MOOC can be found here:

VPT Free Math Prep Course

NRCC offers a free online prep course for the VPT – Math to help you prepare to do along with you can easily about this test. The greater you do about it, the less math you’re going to have to take!

More information about any of it, and exactly how to sign up and use this course can be located here:

VPT MathSite

The VPT MathSite provides sample math problems and links to online learning resources that correspond to every sub-unit of Units 0-3 of this VPT-Math. The web site is:

Practice Test

Students can take a diagnostic practice test in VPT English, math, or both. Following the practice test, students have the ability to view their scores and feedback that is receive which areas they are able to take advantage of further review.

You are able to download a printable set of practice questions for the VPT Mathematics Test (PDF) here.

Information regarding the individual units can be located regarding the math department webpage.

Taking the Virginia Placement Test at New River

Placement tests are given at our testing centers. Placement tests are not timed but generally will require between 2 and 3 hours. Please be aware: You must start a placement test at the very least 3 hours just before closing.

No appointment is important to take a placement test. Students will be needing a picture ID and their student identification number (A student ID number may be generated after completing the NRCC online application process). There’s no fee for placement testing.

*Note: Please call ahead and check as normal testing hours may change when classes are not in regular session.

Placement Testing Policies

You may not have any personal belongings you are testing with you while. No resources that are outside paper, books or electronic devices will likely be allowed within the testing rooms.

A «Lock Down» browser that won’t enable you to access anything other than the test will be utilized.

Placement Test Outcomes

After completing the placement test, students will be given a duplicate of their score reports to decide to try an academic advisor for further discussion.

Once a student has enrolled in a course that is developmental English or math, retaking the placement test for the reason that subject is not permitted.

Caused by the course that is developmental determine the student’s future course sequence.

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