What Placement Scores Do I Need?

The placement scores we require let us know whether you are academically ready for college level classes. There are two different types of college classes available to dual enrollment students:

Transfer classes, such as Science, History, English and Math, which are which are typically required to complete an Associates of Arts and Science degree or a Bachelor’s degree, and Career/Technical Education (CTE) classes such as Welding, Early Childhood Education, Electricity, etc., that teach students a specific skill and prepares them for industry credentials in the workforce.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) provides us with this admissions rubric:

Admission Criteria for Transfer Courses

Virginia Placement Test (VPT) COMPASS ASSET PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/Writing ENG 111 76 43 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENG 111 81 42 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENG 111 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I-Pass

Admission Criteria for Career/Technical Education Courses

Virginia Placement Test (VPT) COMPASS ASSET PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/Writing ENF 1 32 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENF 1 62 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENF 1 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I-Pass

If the scores you provide to PDCCC meet or exceed the ones on the charts above, you are eligible to enroll into transfer or CTE courses. We use these same scores for placement into English 111, however, we have to have Virginia Placement Test scores in Math for placement into Math classes. Therefore, if you plan to take a math class as some point, you must take the VPT math placement test. Your high school guidance counselor can help you schedule a test at your school, or you can call the Testing Center at (757) 925-6328.