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Alexandria Testing Center Here for YOU!

Although we’re not physically in our buildings, we are still here to assist you.

Current tests we can assist you with:

Mathematics Placement Guidelines

Since the credit-level math course you take depends on your program of study (“major”), you should consult the College Catalog or your advisement report.

The Math Placement Guidance for Students will help you determine which mathematics course you should take.


  • –the test can only be taken once.
  • –90 minutes to complete your test
  • –you may want to review the online student handbook before you begin
  • –scrap paper is allowed and four function calculator
  • Spanish Placement:

SPA Placement:

Students interested in registering for Spanish Courses (SPA 102, SPA 201, and SPA 202) should contact one of the Campus Testing Centers and ask to take the online Canvas placement test.

  • Part 1: 45 minutes
  • Part 2-4: 30 minutes each.

ESL Placement Assessment:

This assessment has two parts and should take less than two hours to complete. It can only be taken once.

  1. Reading Comprehension section with 40 multiple-choice questions. 45 Minutes
  2. Writing section, which includes a short reading to which you will write a response and an open question to which you will write a response. 90 minutes

Dates to Remember!

Students may use excess financial aid to buy books and supplies through the Bookstore.
May 4 – June 1
Tuition payment deadline if you register by May 3. If you register May 4 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next day. May 4
Memorial Day holiday for students, faculty and staff. College offices closed. May 25
Financial aid adjustments begin. Classes added on or after this date for the current term will not increase student eligibility for financial aid grants. Aid may be reduced for students enrolled in less than 12 eligible credits. Information on financial aid awards, disbursements and refunds is available here. June 2
Last day to apply for Summer graduation. June 1
Independence Day holiday for students, faculty and staff. College offices closed. July 3-4

New Guidelines For Remote Placement Test Summer 2020

Congratulations on continuing to reach your academic goals. The Alexandria Testing Center is here to assist you.

VPT or ESL Placement test:

World Languages:

Math Placement: Since the credit-level math course you take depends on your program of study (major), you should consult the College Catalog

or your advisement report:

or contact:


Please email us at or call and leave a message on 703.845.6035 with questions or concerns.

SPECIAL NOTICE!! Please share

Dear NOVA Community,


The impact and scope of COVID-19 seems to change hourly, so I want to update you with the latest on how NOVA plans to move ahead for the next few weeks.  This update contains new information and supersedes all prior communication.


Guidance from local health officials and the CDC has been consistent in calling for an emphasis on preventive measures, including social distancing, to reduce the spread of the virus.  To this end and out of an abundance of caution, NOVA is taking the following steps:


  • NOVA is asking students not to return to campus following spring break.


  • NOVA is cancelling classes March 16 and 17.  Our campuses will remain open both days.


  • These days will be used to provide professional development and assistance to faculty and staff to support remote learning.  Faculty and staff will be receiving messages about this assistance today.


  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, most NOVA classes will move to remote instruction.  They will remain in remote delivery through April 4.


  • Students will be advised by their faculty about the specific remote delivery method for their courses.  This information will be sent to students via NOVA email, and students are expected to check their college email accounts regularly.


  • Students seeking services (e.g., advising, library) should use online options or call 703-323-3000 for assistance through April 4.


  • If there is a decision to continue with remote learning beyond April 4, NOVA will advise our College community by March 27.


  • NOVA will remain open and operational during this period, and all faculty and staff should maintain their regular work schedules unless otherwise notified.


  • NOVA’s goal is to maintain continuity in instruction for our students while also doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19.  By limiting the number of individuals on our campuses, we provide an opportunity for both our students and employees to observe social distancing guidelines.


NOVA has updated the COVID-19 website to include this and other critical information, including new FAQ documents for employees and students about academic continuity and other topics.  Because this is an evolving situation, please check this website regularly for additional updates.


I recognize that this is a stressful time and that information on the virus, local cases, and the best response seems to change frequently, which can add even more anxiety.  I am sorry for that and want you to know NOVA cares about your well-being and the well-being of our community in this uncertain time.  I will continue to communicate regularly with you about what NOVA is doing in preparation, planning, and response.  Please know this: our planning has prepared us to change our approach to this situation as needed, and as this update indicates, we will do so when appropriate based on local conditions.


Please take care, keep up the incredibly important preventive measures, and keep posted.  As always, if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our Office of Emergency Management at, your campus Provost, or me.