The Testing Center, located in the Student Services Suite in Holton Hall, supports the college goal of providing quality student services that are responsive to the needs of current and prospective students. The Testing Center coordinates testing services for new and continuing students, which include placement, video, web, make-up tests, and other course and program assessments. We provide outstanding customer service by being courteous, responsible, and helpful. Tests are administered following appropriate testing protocol in a clean, comfortable, quiet, and secure testing environment.
MECC is an authorized PearsonVue Testing site. To schedule an exam, visit the PearsonVue website at www.pearsonvue.com.
Academic-related testing, such as video, web, make-up tests and other course or program assessments (except for Placement Tests), are administered any time the office is open, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Please arrive to the Testing Center within enough time to complete the test.
Students who desire to take a test for a MECC course at a testing site other than the MECC Testing Center need to submit a request to Susan Kennedy, Academic Testing Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The official test proctor agreeing to administer the test has to complete an official Proctor Request Form and return it to the Academic Testing Coordinator. This service requires an advance notice of at least two (2) business days.
Students enrolled in distance education classes at other VCCS institutions may make arrangements for proctored testing. Individuals who need tests proctored for institutions other than MECC must submit a request to Susan Kennedy, Academic Testing Coordinator, at email@example.com. This service requires an advance notice of at least two (2) business days.
Hours of operation fluctuate during the time period between semesters and college-wide faculty/staff events. Students should call Susan Kennedy at 276.523.7488 to confirm the Testing Center’s hours of operation for academic-related testing.
The TEAS is a proctored assessment for Pre-LPN and Pre-RN students. To register for a date and time to take the TEAS at MECC, please complete the TEAS Registration Form. Within 48 business hours after you complete and submit the form, you will receive an Outlook Calendar Invitation confirming your appointment.
Students in need of academic testing accommodations due to a disability must contact Disability Services in advance to make arrangements for testing. Documentation identifying the disability and necessary accommodations will be required.
Forms & Resources
- Instructor Transmittal Form
- Testing Guidelines for Students, Faculty, and Staff
- TEAS Registration Form
Placement testing is administered at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.* Appointments are not necessary for placement testing. To ensure adequate time for testing, please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. * Exceptions to these times may be made with prior approval from the Office of Student Services & Testing Center.
Hours of operation fluctuate during college-wide faculty and staff events. Students and prospective students should call Samantha Counts at 276.523.7472 to confirm the Testing Center hours of operation for placement testing.
Placement Testing Accommodations
Students in need of placement testing accommodations due to a disability must contact Disability Services in advance to make arrangements for testing. Documentation identifying the disability and necessary accommodations will be required.
Placement Test Frequently Asked Questions
What is the VPT?
The VPT is used by all colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to determine readiness for college-level courses. The VPT places students in English and Math courses that match their abilities and allows them to develop the skills necessary for optimal performance in all courses. Your placement results will determine which classes you are eligible to take.
The VPT is an adaptive, computerized test that takes an average of four (4) hours to complete, but it is not timed. The English portion requires an essay and contains multiple-choice questions. The Math portion contains a variety of question types.
When and where is the test administered?
The test is administered in the Testing Center, located in Student Services. You may begin testing at any time during these hours when the Testing Center is open:
- Monday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
- Thursday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
- Friday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
Exceptions to these times may be made with prior approval from the Office of Student Services & Testing Center.
Testing hours are subject to change. To confirm testing hours, contact Student Services at (276) 523-7472.
When should I test?
The test is available year-round and students can test up to the last day to register for classes. However, we strongly encourage students to plan ahead and avoid waiting until the last day to register, as classes may become full.
How long does the VPT take?
This test takes an average of four (4) hours to complete, but it is not timed. You can spend as much time as you need on each question.
Should I review for this test?
Yes, all students are strongly advised to study for this test! Reviewing is an excellent way to refresh basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reviewing will also prepare you for the types of questions you will be asked when you complete the assessment.
What should I bring for the test?
You must have an active MECC Application for Admission on file and know your Student ID number or SSN. This information will be used to locate and review your student record prior to testing.
Blank paper, pencils, and a basic four-function calculator will be provided. Personal calculators, supplemental materials, cell phones and any other personal electronic devices are not allowed in the Testing Center. In addition, you will not be allowed to conduct online research or use any supplemental resources during the test.
What can I expect when I take this test?
This is a computerized test that you should allow yourself approximately four (4) hours to complete. However, the test is not timed and you are encouraged to take as long as you need to complete the test comfortably.
- The English portion is a two-part test designed to assess your reading comprehension and writing skills; you are required to type an essay and answer multiple-choice questions.
- The Math portion is a diagnostic assessment of nine (9) content areas. The system draws from a pool of test questions and contains a variety of question types.
Who should I contact if I have a disability or need accommodations for the VPT?
Students whose disabilities may require special accommodations when taking the VPT should contact the Disability Services Counselor at (276) 523-2400, ext. 343. Requests for accommodations should be made in advance. Students requesting accommodations will be required to provide documentation.
Do any other tests take the place of the VPT?
A student who provides official evidence of meeting the minimum requirements for one of the below test options, which must have been completed within the last two years, may be exempt from taking the VPT. To determine if you qualify for an exemption, you must submit an official copy of your scores to the Testing Center for review.
(March 2016 or later)
(Prior to March 2016)
SAT ERW: 480
SAT Reading: 500*
ACT Reading: 18*
GED English (RLA): 165
SAT Math: 530**
SAT Writing: 500*
ACT English: 18*
GED Math: 165**
SAT Math: 520**
ACT Math: 22**
*Students must meet the minimum score requirement for both Reading and Writing/English to be exempt from the English VPT.
**A placement test may still be required, dependent on the mathematics requirements for the student’s academic plan.
Study Materials & Resources
- Why prepare for the Virginia Placement Test?
- Online Practice Test Instructions (English and Math)
- Online Resources for Virginia Placement Test (English)
- Grammar Guide (English)
- Online Resources for Virginia Placement Test (Math)
- VPT Practice Questions and Answers (Math)
- Testing Guidelines for Students, Faculty, and Staff