Paul D. Camp Community College offers VCCS approved placement strategies that provide consistent and reliable results for students applying to enroll in associate degree, diploma, and 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 testing 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)
- Professional Welder-Plate (221-995-77)
- Professional Welder-Fabricator (221-995-78)
- 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)
- Medication Aide*
*Not a CSC, but comprised of courses that prepare students to test for a credential.
Assessment is offered through placement testing and other approved measures. VCCS policies, guidelines, and procedures are followed when assessing students.
Dual enrolled high school students who enroll in programs or courses must meet the admissions criteria specified for admission to the dual enrollment program and any applicable course prerequisites.
In determining students’ readiness for college-level English and math courses, PDCCC uses the following means and measures:
- 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.
- Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a VCCS institution will be exempt from placement testing in those areas.
- Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a non-VCCS institution will have their coursework evaluated for placement.
- A student may submit a high school/home school transcript or an approved test score for placement evaluation. Placement will be based on the tables Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of the senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses for the purpose of early admission.
- Any student who is not placed by the above criteria will take the Virginia Placement Test, or ESL-specific test, as Students have the option to take the Virginia Placement Test in order to improve their placement standing after other measures are considered. Such placement test scores will not be used to place a student in a lower English or math course than indicated by other criteria, unless the student desires a lower placement.
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 may complete the VPT – Calculus for placement into Pre-Calculus II, Calculus, and 200-level Statistics. Placement directly into Pre-Calculus II, Calculus, and 200-level Statistics based on HSGPA and highest level courses taken will be at the discretion of each college.
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. Virginia Placement Test-Math scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.
Students who take the Virginia Placement Test – Math and who do not enroll in developmental math are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental mathematics 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.
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|
|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. Virginia Placement Test-English scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.
Students who take the Virginia Placement Test – English and who do not enroll in developmental English are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental 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.
Practice Materials for Virginia Placement Test
Future students who sign up for the Virginia Placement Test are encouraged to review practice materials on the Placement Test page on the PDC website at www.pdc.edu/admissions/placement-testing In addition to practice resources, a practice test is available for the future student’s preparation. Hard copies of practice materials can also be obtained from the Admissions Ofﬁce at the Franklin and Suffolk campus and Smithﬁeld Center sites.
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.