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Placement Testing

TCC uses multiple measures, including placement testing with the Virginia Placement Test, to determine a student’s readiness for college-level English and math courses.

Most new students must take the English and math placement tests. These are not admission tests. They evaluate your college readiness. You don’t want to be placed in a course lower than your actual skill level because you’ll take longer to complete your program and you’ll be paying unnecessary tuition – so it’s important you take testing seriously.

You may be exempt from placement tests if you can demonstrate your readiness with previous high school course work, SAT/ACT scores, or other criteria.

Placement tests are free, and you can take them on any TCC campus.

Planning your placement testing

Tests generally take between 3-4 hours. You may not start an exam 3 hours or less before the center closes. Make sure you bring a photo ID and your student ID number with you when you take the test!

Taking your tests

We offer dedicated testing centers on each of our four campuses where you can take your placement tests.


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After you’ve taken the placement tests

You will be ready to meet with an academic advisor! You may be able to enroll in college-level English and math courses immediately or you may be required to take one or more developmental education courses, depending on your chosen program of study. Your academic advisor will help you select the appropriate courses.

placement Test Refresher Workshops

Review basic concepts covered in the English (Reading/Writing) and math Virginia Placement Tests. These placement test refresher sessions are free and open to the public.

View upcoming placement testing workshops below!

Placement Test Sessions

15 Nov
04 Dec
13 Dec
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