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College Readiness

TCC uses multiple measures and informed self-placement to determine a student’s readiness for college-level English and math courses.

You may want to enroll in college-level English and math courses immediately or you may consider taking one or more developmental education courses, depending on your chosen program of study.

Determining College Readiness

As a new student, you can register for the English and math courses most appropriate to your program of study. To help you pick the proper classes, you might ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you graduated from high school in the last five years? If you have completed high school within the last five years, you can review your high school transcript or share your overall GPA and highest math course with an advisor.
  • Have you taken a standardized test? If you’ve taken the ACT/SAT, IB/AP or GED tests you might submit your scores for evaluation to determine the best course work for you.
  • Do you enjoy math and English? If you have a natural strength in math or English you might be more interested in pursuing more challenging classes in that area.

There is no “right” answer when it comes to determining your readiness for college courses and you don’t have to do it alone. After considering your readiness, you will be able to meet with an academic advisor. Your academic advisor will help you select the appropriate courses.

Students placing directly into college-level math and English are strongly encouraged to supplement their learning through the tutoring resources available at the college.

Placement Testing

Some students will still need to complete placement testing with the Virginia Placement Test to determine their readiness for dual enrollment course work, apprenticeships, and certain selective admissions programs in the health professions and veterinary.