Sep 23, 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 .

English as a Second Language Placement

Students who have English as their second or other language should consider the following courses to support their successful transition into curricular study in English. 

ESL Optional Placement

Students will gain the most benefit from taking all three classes in this level. However, they may select one or more depending on their skill level. Students enrolled in 2 or more years of ESL in U.S. high school will find these courses beneficial. Adult students who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years will find these classes very helpful for long term academic success. 

Courses Description
ESL 41   Students who need work on academic writing from paragraphs to essays, grammar review, and technology skills for writing.
ESL 42   Students who need work on reading comprehension and vocabulary development.
CST 100   Students who need work on speaking, pronunciation, and making presentations.