Assessment & Testing

Virginia Placement Test Help

Which English and Math courses do you need to take first?

Virginia Placement TestAfter you have submitted an application to the College you are required to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) in English (reading & writing) and math before beginning classes.

The VPT is a comprehensive, computer-adaptive, un-timed test designed to help place students into appropriate courses needed to ensure student success.

  • Allow approximately two to three hours for the tests. An SWCC EmplId (student id number), Photo ID, and email address are required to access the VPT test.
  • Students may contact the Learning Assistance Center to schedule an appointment for testing at 276.964.7706.
  • Placement testing hours are between 8am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The testing center is located in the Learning Assistance Center in Dellinger Hall – room DE 215 (inside Library).

(See Test Preparation Material below)

EXCEPTIONS: You may not have to take the VPT if you have:

  • Completed a college-level English or math course (with a grade of C or above) at another accredited college or university.
  • Taken the VPT placement tests at another Virginia Community College with scores that meet the minimum placement prerequisite within the last 2 years.
  • Taken the SAT with the following combined score criteria:
    Writing & Reading = 480
    Math = 530
  • Taken the ACT with the following combined score criteria:
    ACT = 18+
    Math = 22+
  • The following programs require the VPT regardless of SAT or ACT scores:
    Nursing programs
    Occupational Therapy Assistant


1. Directions for the Virginia Placement Test PRACTICE TESTS Download PDF

2. Virginia Math Placement Test Practice Questions and Answers Download PDF

3. VCCS MATHSITE – website for resources to help you succeed in the VPT for math

4. Online Resources to Help Students Review for the VPT-English Download PDF

5. Academic Prep video tutorials.

The Getting Started in Science & Math page also provides information about Math testing and practice materials for VPT Math.


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SWCC also provides facilities for Certiport Authorized testing services, which include the Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications exams and the Internet and Computing Core Certifications (IC3). Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Services are also available for many Information Technology Certifications and Professional Licensures

Check the Distance Learning Website or call 276.964.7279 for more information.

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