Testing Center

Placement Testing

All future students who plan to complete any degree program or accumulate nine semester hours of college credit must complete a placement test. The placement test is given on all three Paul D. Camp Community College sites—Franklin, Suffolk, and Smithfield. Future students will be tested on reading, writing, and mathematics proficiency skills.

To sign up for the placement test, please complete the following:

  • Submit an online application
  • Select a testing date and time listed below
  • Call or visit the Admissions office to sign-up for a testing date and time

Testing Sign-up and Contact Information:

Franklin Campus
Scheduling – Admissions Office………………………569-6707
Questions and scheduling – Mary Ellen Gleason…569-6740
mgleason@pdc.edu

Suffolk Campus
Questions and scheduling – Carol Badeaux……………925-6328
cbadeaux@pdc.edu

Smithfield Center
Questions and scheduling – Carol Badeaux……………925-6328
cbadeaux@pdc.edu


Practice Books, Sample Tests, and Other Resources

Future students are advised to review practice materials for preparation of the placement test. The following materials are available for future students to review the skills needed to successfully complete the placement test:

Once these practice materials are reviewed, online testing samples can be accessed by clicking on the following Sample Tests:

Those future students interested in calculus practice resources, may find the following websites useful:


Testing Day

What should future students bring on the testing day? Please bring the following:

  • A government issued picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • The seven digit student ID number issued when the application to PDCCC was submitted and accepted. This number is also noted as the emplid at the bottom of the accepted application pdf document.

Placement Testing Calendar
Testing for Summer 2017 (May 22 – August 19)

Note: Placement Testing dates are subject to change without notice.


Franklin Campus Room 117

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 a.m.
August 14

1:00 p.m.
July 31

9:00 a.m.
August 1

1:00 p.m.
August 8
August 15

9:00 a.m.
August 2
August 9
August 16
9:00 a.m.
August 3
9:00 a.m.
August 19

Franklin Campus Sign-up
Admissions Office: 757-569-6717
Mary Ellen Gleason: (Office): 569-6740 email: mgleason@pdc.edu


Hobbs (Suffolk) Campus Room 103

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 a.m.
July 31
August 7
August 14

1:00 p.m.
July 31
August 7
August 14

9:00 a.m.
August 22
9:00 a.m.
August 9
August 16

1:00 p.m.
August 9
August 16

9:00 a.m.
August 3
9:00 a.m.
August 4
August 11
August 18
9:00 a.m.
August 19

Suffolk Campus Sign-up
Admissions Office: 757-925-6312
Carol Badeaux: (Office) 757-925-6328 email: cbadeaux@pdc.edu (preferred)


Smithfield Center Room 208

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12:00 p.m.
August 1
August 8
August 15
12:00 p.m.
August 23
12:00 p.m.
August 10
If another day or time arrangement needs to be made, please contact Carol Badeaux at 757-925-6328 or email her at cbadeaux@pdc.edu

Smithfield Center Sign-up
Office: 757-925-6340
Carol Badeaux: (Office) 757-925-6328 email: cbadeaux@pdc.edu


Proctored Exams for Online Classes

Many students who take online classes through PDC, NVCC, TCC, or other community colleges in Virginia may need proctoring for exams.
Those enrolled with the SSDL classes through NVCC
Those enrolled with the ELI classes through NVCC
And all other community colleges, please contact:

Ms. Mary Ellen Gleason, 757-569-6740 or mgleason@pdc.edu for the Franklin campus
Mrs. Carol Badeaux, 757-925-6328 or cbadeaux@pdc.edu for the Suffolk campus
Mrs. Carol Badeaux, 757-925-6328 or cbadeaux@pdc.edu for the Smithfield Center


Dual Enrollment Testing Dates for Area High Schools

Summer Dual Enrollment testing:

For those coming for dual enrollment testing during the summer months at the Franklin campus, Suffolk campus, or Smithfield Center, please complete, sign and bring with you the two forms: Parental Consent form and the FERPA form.

Please give these forms to the test administrator who will give them to the Duel Enrollment Coordinator, Mrs. Jeanette Pellegrin. You may also scan these completed and signed forms and email to Mrs. Pellegrin at jpellegrin@pdc.edu.

For further information regarding your son or daughter’s testing please contact your high school Guidance Counselor. Other questions such test as make up or alternative tests such as PSAT, SAT, and ACT, should be directed to Ms. Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740.


Instructions for future dual enrollment students.

  • All first time students must submit an online application at www.pdc.edu
  • Students must bring with them their student ID number provided by the application process
  • It is strongly recommended that students review the practice materials on this webpage.
  • A calculator is provided with the test. Personal calculators are not permitted.
  • Dual enrollment testing is provided on the site of the high school. However, during the summer months, testing or retesting is administered at the college. To sign up for testing or retesting for the dual enrollment programs, please contact:

Kaplan Entrance Exam for Future Nursing Students

Kaplan entrance exams are administered September – December and January – February for all perspective nursing students. Please contact Carol Griffin at 757.569.6731 in the Nursing Department to schedule a testing date. Kaplan practice materials are available at the Follett Bookstore on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk Campus.


Virginia Placement Test Information VPT

  • Entire test is UNTIMED~ You may take as long as you need.
  • Test does not need to be completed in one test session.

Math Placement Test

  • The VPT Math test is an Adaptive Test.
    • The test evaluates your math level over basic to advanced math skills.
    • The number of questions/problems to solve varies for each tester.
    • The test choses your next question depending on if you answered a question correctly or incorrectly.
    • The test will determine your current mathematics level for placement.
    • You cannot skip questions or go back to questions.
    • Calculator: You are not permitted to use a Graphing Calculator or any personal calculator.
      • A basic calculator is embedded in the test and is available for use with questions that allow a calculator.
  • You will receive a Placement Report to take to your Counselor/Advisor to assist in planning your college education based on your program/goals.

English Placement Test

The English VPT consists of two tests:

1. Writing /Essay – You will have 2 prompts to choose from to write a multi-paragraph essay.

  • The Essay is graded/scored by a technology program.
  • Your score will range from 0 – 6.
  • No minimum or maximum number of words required.

The following five (5) characteristics of writing will be evaluated:

  • Focus and Meaning
    The clarity with which you maintain the Main Idea or Point of View.
  • Content and Development
    The extent to which you elaborate on the ideas and present supporting details.
  • Organization
    The clarity with which you structure the response and present a logical sequence of ideas.
  • Language Use and Style
    The appropriateness and complexity of vocabulary and sentence structure.
  • Mechanics and Conventions
    The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics.

2. Reading – 40 multiple choice questions over a variety of skills

  • Your score will range from 0 – 140

You will receive a Placement Report to take to your Counselor/Advisor to assist in planning your college education based on your program/goals.

Your placement will be determined by a formula using both your writing and reading scores.