Testing Center


Placement Testing

Walk-In Testing Hours:

It is our desire to make your stay at Thomas Nelson Community College an enriching and rewarding experience. To ensure that you are as successful as possible in your coursework, TNCC administers a Student Assessment and Placement Program to determine your readiness for college level work. Assessment may be satisfied by appropriate SAT or ACT tests, previous college coursework as shown on a college transcript, selected advanced placement tests or the academic placement test battery described on this Web site. Academic placement tests are administered by the Testing Center, in accordance with the college’s assessment and placement policy guidelines. The results of this assessment will be used by the college counselors to determine whether you have the required academic ability to be admitted to the college and to decide placement into appropriate courses. There is no reason to be nervous about taking the tests. They are designed to determine your present level of skills in math, reading and writing. You are encouraged to do the best that you can on the tests in order to be placed in classes where you will be challenged to succeed.

  • In order to do your best, we highly recommend you take the placement test over a two day period.

Important Tips for the English Placement Test

  • The VPT-English contains an essay component that weighs heavily and therefore you must complete the essay in addition to the multiple choice sections to receive a placement score. If the essay is skipped, it is considered blank which results in an automatic ABE (Adult Basic Education) placement for you.
  • Make sure that you are prepared to take the placement test and have adequate time to complete the test in its entirety.
  • Please refrain from cutting and pasting the essay prompt into the text box since this action may not generate a valid score on the essay component.
  • During the essay portion, express your ideas in a clear and coherent manner, using more than 250 words and multiple paragraphs.
  • The VPT-English is not intended for ESL students.

Students must obtain an Applicant Information Form from the Admissions Office, Room 208 Griffin Hall (Hampton Campus) or Suite 117 (Historic Triangle Campus). The form will indicate the placement test(s) that the student is required to take based on a pre-screening process implemented by Admissions Office personnel.

Additional Placement Testing Information

What Should Students Bring with Them to the Test?

All you will need for the testing session is a picture I.D. for identification purposes and two number 2 pencils. All other materials will be provided. A window calculator is provided. No Handheld or cell calculators are permitted. Please be reminded that the college is unable to provide babysitting services and cannot be responsible for children left unattended.

Hampton Campus, Wythe Hall, Room 254A

  • Monday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    (1st & 3rd Saturday of each month)

In order to provide adequate time for students to complete tests, students are required to be in the Testing Center 2 hours prior to the designated closing time. Appointments for computer-based proctored tests for Distance Learning classes are not required.

If you have any questions concerning this process please call (757) 825-3540 or (757) 825-2795.


Historic Triangle Campus, Room 124

  • Monday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Appointments for computer-based proctored tests for Distance Learning classes at the Historic Triangle campus are required and must be made 24 hours in advance.

Contact: Michelle Ross, (757) 258-6538, HTTesting@tncc.edu


Makeup and Distance Learning Testing

Photo i.d. is required.

The Testing Center provides test proctoring for TNCC students who have missed a class and must make-up a test. Distance Learning test proctoring is offered for TNCC and VCCS students only. The Testing Center cannot accommodate testing for an entire class, with the exception of distance learning and online classes for which prior arrangements have been made with the testing specialist. Students with disabilities who need special testing assistance must make arrangements in advance with the college disabilities coordinator (refer to the Disabled Students Services Office for information.) Services may be provided to other VCCS students with prior arrangement.

Instructions for Students:

Students must come to the center with sufficient time for completing tests, as determined by their instructors, and NO tests will be issued less 2 hour before closing time. The Testing Center does NOT allow children in the area during the administration of tests. Students must show photo identification for each test session. Cell phones are not permitted in the testing area.

Instructions for Faculty:

Complete a Make-Up Testing Form (doc) and attach it to tests to be administered. Tests may be sent through inter-office mail or hand carried to the Testing Center. For your convenience, on the Hampton campus, a drop box is available outside of Room 254-B. Return of tests must be through inter-office mail, or picked up by the instructor.

Testing schedule and testing location for distance learners and on-line students will be determined by the instructor of the class.