Dec 09, 2021  
2021-2022 NOVA Catalog 
    
2021-2022 NOVA Catalog

Placement



As of the Fall 2021 semester, most NOVA students will not be required to take placement tests to determine placement for English and Math courses.* Students’ eligibility for course enrollment is based on their high school grade point average (GPA) and their standardized test scores (i.e. SAT, ACT, or GED):

  • A student’s high school GPA is valid for 5 years after the date of high school graduation.
  • Students who completed high school 6 or more years before applying to NOVA may select courses through informed self-placement. Students may consult the Informed Self Placement Advising Survey to help decide which classes to take.
  • SAT, ACT, and GED test scores are valid for 5 years after the date of the test. 

*The Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is still required for students who will receive veterans benefits. Students who have not completed high school or a GED, including dual enrollment students, will also be able to take the VPT under certain circumstances.

Math Course Placement*

Course Minimum Placement Requirement
MDE 10 1.99 or lower HS GPA
MDE 60 2.0 or higher HS GPA without HS Algebra 2
MTH 111, MTH 133 2.0 HS GPA without HS Algebra 2
MTH 154 + MDE 54 2.0-2.99 HS GPA with HS Algebra 2
MTH 154 3.0 or higher HS GPA without HS Algebra 2
MTH 161 + MDE 61 2.0-2.99 HS GPA with HS Algebra 2
MTH 161 3.0 or higher HS GPA with HS Algebra 2
MTH 167 3.0 or higher HS GPA with HS Algebra 2

SAT/ACT/GED Scores for Math Placement

Test If you scored… You may enroll in…
SAT-Math 500 or above MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154 , MTH 161 , MTH 167  
SAT-MTH 470-490 MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154 , MTH 161  + MDE 61  
ACT-Subject Area Test Math 18 or above MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154 , MTH 161 , MTH 167  
ACT-Subject Area Test Math 17 MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154 , MTH 161  + MDE 61  
GED-Math 165 or above MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154 , MTH 161  + MDE 60  
GED-Math 155-164 MTH 111 , MTH 133 , MTH 154  + MDE 54 , MDE 60  
GED-Math 154 or below MDE 10  

* Students may contact mathplacement@nvcc.edu with any questions about math placement. 

English Course Placement

Course Minimum Placement Requirement
EDE 10 . ESL students should take ESL 41  , ESL 42 , and CST 100 . 1.99 or lower HS GPA
ENG 111  + EDE 11 . ESL students may take ENG 111 . 2.0-2.99 HS GPA
ENG 111   3.0+ HS GPA
ENG 115   2.0+ HS GPA

SAT/ACT/GED Scores for Math Placement

Test If you scored… You may enroll in…
SAT-ERW, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 or above ENG 111  
SAT-ERW, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 400-470 ENG 111  + EDE 11 . ESL students may take ENG 111 .
ACT, Subject Area Tests English and Reading 18 or above ENG 111  
ACT, Subject Area Tests English and Reading 15-17 ENG 111  + EDE 11 . ESL students may take ENG 111 .
ACT, Subject Area Tests English and Reading 14 or below EDE 10 . ESL students may take ESL 41  , ESL 42 , CST 100 .
GED-English 165 or above ENG 111 . ESL students may take ENG 111 .

What is the ESL Placement Assessment?

This assessment has four parts and should take less than two hours to complete:

  1. Reading Comprehension section with questions about multiple short reading passages.
  2. Listening Comprehension section with questions about multiple short listening passages.
  3. Reading Response section with a short reading to which you will write a response.
  4. Writing Response section with an open question to which you will write a response.

How do I take the ESL Placemnt Assessment?

  • Contact the Testing Center at NOVATesting@nvcc.edu to take the assessment.
  • You can take this assessment only once, so be sure you take it at a time you can do your best.