Types of Tests
Virginia Placement Test for English and Math (VPT)
The VPT is designed to assess new students in the academic areas of English and math. This assessment determines which developmental courses, if any, students must take in order to prepare for credit-level courses. It is very important that you take this test seriously as the placement test determines the English and Math courses that you will take at Reynolds. Students may take the test only once in a four month period.
All applications for admissions to Reynolds must be submitted and processed and a Reynolds student number assigned prior to taking placement tests.
The test is not timed. The entire test – Math and English – could take approximately two to five hours to complete.
- Because of the time required for best performance, we strongly recommend that students not attempt to take the Math and English portions on the same day.
- VPT scores are valid for five years after the date of the test.
- Students can re-take the VPT once within a year of the first attempt but must wait 4 months before testing again.
- Once a student enrolls in a developmental course, no retest will be allowed.
- Students should review math, reading, and writing skills before taking the placement test. Go to the test preparation page for useful materials.
Placement Testing for High School Dual Enrollment
Contact the Reynolds Dual Enrollment Office at (804) 523-5320 or your high school guidance counselor prior to scheduling this test.
Ability-to-Benefit Assessment Test
Students who pass this test may be admitted to Reynolds as either non-curricular or curricular students, provided they also have satisfied other admission requirements. For more detailed information, contact the Office of Admissions at (804) 523-5029 or any campus Enrollment Services office. See Advising for more information.
Students with Disabilities
Contact the Office of Student Accommodations.
Reynolds Online Testing
Students enrolled in Reynolds Online Course(s) utilize the Testing Center for test administration. Reynolds Online students must print out and bring their test ticket from Blackboard with them in order for a test to be administered. Students will not be allowed to print test tickets or check email in the Testing Centers. Reynolds Online students must also bring their Reynolds Student ID card. A valid picture ID and the student ID number can be used in place of a Reynolds Student ID card.
Testing for Students attending other Virginia Community Colleges
Students enrolled in Reynolds Online Courses at other Virginia Community College System schools are able to have tests proctored at the Reynolds Testing Center.
Contact the Testing Center location of your choice for additional information. Tests will not be sent between locations. A government- issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) or Reynolds student photo ID is required to take a test. Allow five (5) business days for your request to be processed and finalized. Contact information for all three testing centers is listed on the left-hand side of this page. For testing hours, please go to the test times menu.
Computer Literacy Tests
Students in programs that require ITE 115 or CSC 155 can satisfy the computer competency course requirement in the curriculum by passing Reynolds’ computer competency or Credit by Able exam administered in the Testing Centers. For the ITE 115 Credit by Able test, students need to purchase an access code from a Reynolds bookstore. There is no fee for CSC 155 Credit by Able testing but students need to purchase a CD-R or jump drive and bring it with them to the Testing Center in order to take the test. Learn more about Reynolds computer competency requirements for students. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.
Kaplan Nursing Entrance and Exit Exams ServSafe Tests
Students should contact the Testing Center for details. There is currently no fee for the Kaplan Nursing exams. An information sheet is available at the Parham Road Campus and Downtown Campus Testing Center.
The Reynolds ESL Placement Test
For more information about the ESL Placement Test, contact the ESL Office at (804) 523-5020. See information for ESL
Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) Exam
Students who want to take the FLATS test in Spanish or French need to sign up and pay $50 for the test before it can be proctored. For directions on how to sign up for the test, contact one of the Testing Centers via e-mail or stop in to pick up a set of directions.
After you register to take the test, contact the Testing Center to make sure they have received your information. The Testing Centers cannot proctor the exam unless (1) you have registered and (2) they have received an individualized password for your test from the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service. For general information about the test, please go to the FLATS site.
Based upon each student’s individual results on FLATS, Reynolds will award up to 3 semesters of credit. Some transfer institutions will not accept FLATS scores so be sure to check with your transfer institution before taking the test.
Reynolds annually offers on-campus classes of 101-102 (first year) and 201-202 (second year) in the following World Languages: American Sign Language (ASL), French, & Spanish. Students are encouraged to take ASL, French or Spanish if your curriculum requires 4 semesters of a foreign language. FLATS is not offered in American Sign Language.
For complete information regarding satisfying the foreign language requirement, please contact the World Language Program Head at 804-523-5263.