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College Catalog: Placement Into Courses and Programs

Paul D. Camp Community College offers VCCS approved placement strategies that provide consistent and reliable results for students applying to enroll in associate degree, certificate, and career studies certificate programs and in courses that require a reading, writing, or math prerequisite. Students enrolling in Career Studies Certificate programs may be waived from placement, unless a course in the program requires a reading, writing, or math prerequisite. The following Career Studies Certificates DO NOT require a placement test for entry into the courses/program. For all other Career Studies Certificates, placement is required.

  • Building Maintenance (221-903-11)
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (221-903-10)
  • General Welding (221-995-01)
  • Professional Welder-Pipe (221-995-79)
  • EMT-Basic (221-146-01)
  • EMT-Advanced (221-146-08)
  • EMT-Intermediate (221-146-03)
  • Logistics Management (221-370-01)
  • Warehouse & Distribution (221-212-30)

Assessment is offered through placement testing and other approved measures. VCCS policies, guidelines, and procedures are followed when assessing students.

Students with prior college enrollment:

  1. Any student who has earned an associate degree or higher or who has earned a C or better in college-level courses in math and/or English at a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from placement testing provided they meet the prerequisites for the respective courses in their chosen program of study.
  2. Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a VCCS institution will be exempt from placement testing in those areas.
  3. Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a non-VCCS institution will have their coursework evaluated for placement. They will need to submit a college transcript to the Admissions Office for the Registrar’s review.
  4. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.

Students without prior college enrollment:

  1. A student who has graduated from high school within the past five (5) years with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or above may submit an official high school/home school transcript to the Admissions Office.
  2. A student who has taken the SAT or ACT tests within the past five (5) years and earned scores shown in table below may submit a score report to the Admissions Office.
  3. A student who has successfully completed GED test in the past five (5) years with the scores shown in table below may submit a score report to the Admissions Office.
  4. Any student who has not met the above criteria will take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for math and English.
  5. Students who meet the criteria for math and not English or English and not math using the high school transcript, SAT, ACT or GED enrollment measures, will need to take the VPT for either the math or English test as advised.
  6. Students are permitted one VPT retest within a 12-month timeframe. Students who enroll in a developmental math or English course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures as recommended by an adviser.
  7. Virginia Placement Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test.

Measures for Math Placement
Math placement will be determined using one of the following measures.

Math Placement Measures# HSGPA or Score Range Placement
HSGPA and Algebra II and One Algebra Intensive Course*
*Algebra Intensive Courses above Algebra II: Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra III.
3.0 or higher MTE 1-9 Satisfied
2.7-2.9 MTE 1-9 Co-Requisite Eligible
HSGPA and Algebra II 3.0 or higher MTE 1-5 Satisfied
2.7-2.9 MTE 1-5 Co-Requisite Eligible
HSGPA and Algebra I 3.0 or higher MTE 1-3 Satisfied
2.7-2.9 MTE 1-3 Co-Requisite Eligible
SAT – Math 530 or above MTE 1-9 Satisfied
510-520 range MTE 1-5 Satisfied
ACT – Subject Area Test Math 22 or above MTE 1-9 Satisfied
19-21 range MTE 1-5 Satisfied
GED – Math 165 or above MTE 1-5 Satisfied
155-165 range MTE 1-3 Satisfied

Students who meet criteria for pre-calculus and wish to take Pre-Calculus II, Calculus, and 200-level Statistics may request to take a VPT-Calculus test.


Measures for English Placement
English placement will be determined using one of the following measures.

English Placement Measures HSGPA or Score Range Placement
HSGPA 3.0 or higher ENG 111
  2.7-2.9 ENF3/ENG 111
SAT-ERW (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) 480 or above ENG 111
  460-470 range ENF3/ENG 111
ACT-Subject Area Tests English and Reading 18 or above ENG 111
  15-17 range ENF3/ENG 111
GED-English 165 or above ENG 111

High school GPA (HSGPA) is valid for five (5) years after the date of high school graduation. SAT, ACT and GED Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test.


Placement Test Sign-up
Future students may go to the college website at www.pdc.edu and click on ‘Placement Testing’ which will take the person to the Testing Center webpage with the Sign-up link.

The future student may choose campus and select the day and times offered to schedule a placement test.


Placement Test Practice Materials
Future students who sign up for the Virginia Placement Test may want to review practice materials on the Testing Center page on the PDC website at www.pdc.edu/admissions/placement-testing/

In addition to practice resources, a limited number of practice tests are available in the Admissions Office at the Franklin and Suffolk campuses and the Smithfield Center.


Placement Testing Questions
Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Testing Center webpage.


Placement Testing Reciprocity
Students who intend to enroll in courses at one VCCS institution may take the Virginia Placement Test at other VCCS institutions at no cost to the student. In addition, the home institution shall accept the placement test scores from other VCCS institutions in compliance with the timelines outlined in VCCS policy.


Dual Enrollment
The college offers various college level and career/technical courses to area high schools through our dual enrollment program. Placement testing arrangements are made each year with the following high schools: Franklin High School, Southampton High School, Southampton Academy, Lakeland High School, Nansemond River High School, Kings Fork High School, Windsor High School, Smithfield High School, Isle of Wight Academy, and the Pruden Center which provides dual enrollment career/technical courses for the Suffolk high schools. Other high school students who are from other private schools or are homeschool students are tested at the college Testing Centers.