Dual Enrollment Testing

Dual Enrollment Critical Testing Information

Many changes have occurred in the Dual Enrollment department, and with it the biggest change was made to the way Dual Enrollment handles the placement tests for Dual Enrollment students. Remember that all student desiring to be tested must first have an SVCC application on file. 


Keep in mind that the testing policy through the Virginia Community College System outlined in our policy manual is as follows:

  • Students enrolling in a dual enrollment course must meet all course pre-requisites.
  • Readiness for college must be demonstrated through test scores on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) or a comparable source (see below).
  • Students may only be eligible to take the VPT twice in a two year time period with approximately a year wait time in between testing sessions. Ex. A student tests March 15, 2015, and retests in March 2016.
  • Retest requests for extenuating circumstances will be examined on a case-by-case basis that bears the following factors in mind:
    • Performance on the previous test must be within a close range of the cut-off requirement
    • Appropriate intervention/remediation through our Learning Commons tutoring center at Southside Virginia Community College
    • Approval by the respective school personnel and the Coordinator of Dual Enrollment at SVCC
    • New students moving into the SVCC service area from an outside division desiring to enter the program will be handled on a case-by-case basis.