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Placement tests are designed to help plan a student's best course of study and to promote student success at TCC.

Most new students who wish to enroll in classes at TCC must complete the College's Placement Tests.

These tests are not admissions tests.

To ensure accurate course placement,

it is vital that you prepare by reviewing

Math and English competencies.

About the Placement Tests
Preparing for Placement Testing

All students are encouraged to prepare for placement testing. The importance of reviewing material that has previously been studied cannot be over emphasized. Not reviewing before taking the placement tests could place students into courses that are below their actual skill level. This can delay the students' progress, causing disruption in course sequencing and costing extra time and money.

Students are highly encouraged to start the review process early to provide enough time to practice and to build confidence, especially in mathematics.

Resources are available to help students perform at their optimum--and TCC strongly recommends that students use them. Preparation materials vary by English and math, and also vary by a student's academic background. Most students will need to complete the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English and Math.

Review the following links to help you prepare for the Placement Test:

Virginia Placement Test (VPT)


Resources to Review English:

Resources to Review Math:

Resources for Dealing with Test Anxiety:

For more information about the VPT for English and Math

Placement testing is required for:
Testing exemption - students NOT required to be tested:
Testing Centers


Students may take placement tests at any campus Testing Center.

Military students may take placement tests at any campus Testing Center or on many of the local military bases.

Prior to testing, students must present a photo ID at the exam site.

Testing fee  

As of December 20, 2014 there is no testing fee required.

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Students with disabilities are encouraged to make an appointment with an Educational Accessibility Counselor at least 45 days before classes begin, and should bring medical documentation of the disabling condition that is no more than three years old.  Educational Accessibility Counselors can assist students in obtaining the required documentation.

Students with documented disabilities may qualify for academic accommodations such as more time on tests, priority registration, and other services as needed.

Transactions between counselor and students with disabilities are confidential. Information regarding students with disabilities will not be shared with anyone without the student’s written permission. The student’s confidential files, related to his/her disability, never become a part of the student’s academic record.

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Retaking Placement Tests


Test scores are valid for two (2) years after the date of the test. Students who take the placement tests and do not enroll in an applicable developmental math or English course are allowed to take one (1) retest within 12 months. Students who attempt applicable developmental coursework will be ineligible for a retest.

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers: English-as-a-second-language students (ESL)
Information about other tests
New Developmental English Curriculum (Spring 2013)


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