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SIS Outage Feb 25-1 March 2021

Please share broadly about the changes to advising services during the SIS outage.

Due to a system upgrade, the Student Information System (SIS) will be down from Thursday, Feb. 25th at 5pm until Monday, March 1st at 7am.  Therefore, advising services will be limited to only the Virtual Lobby where advisors will be able to answer general questions because they will not have access to students’ official records in SIS. Click here for the link to the Virtual Lobby.


We look forward to a return to our normal advising services on Monday, March 1st at 8:30am. In the meantime, all advisors/counselors scheduled for VSS Chat are expected to utilize that time to complete Spring Training opportunities in the Advising Academy. Click here to access the Advising Academy.

Welcome Class of 2023

Alexandria Testing Center

Tests can be started between these hours:  

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday-8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday- 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Our email address is or you may call 703-845-6035

Happy New Year-SPR 21 is HERE!

NOVA Testing Centers are not available to proctor any exams on campus until further notice. All college services are temporarily being offered remotely for safety and social distancing as a result of COVID-19.

Please check NOVA’s homepage for up to date information on campus operations For COVID-19 updates regarding our NOVA community click

Course testing:  Please contact your individual class instructors for information about course testing.

Placement testing: Please contact your academic counselor to determine if any of your existing grades and measures of competency qualify as alternatives to a placement test.

Testing Center personnel are teleworking and available to answer your questions.

Email: (Email is preferred. Please provide your Emplid number within your email)

Phone: 703-845-6035, Google Voice (If you leave a message clearly state your name, NOVA emplid number, email address and the reason for your call.)

Student Success Conference

Register Here:
Contacts: Gwen McCrea & Kirstin Riddick
The theme for Day 1 is: College 101
Please take a look at tomorrow’s breakout sessions and panel discussions. Join us via Zoom as your schedule will allow!  Here are the offerings:

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Breakout #1

Canvas + Navigate: Making the Most of Your Tech Tools


Tutoring 101


11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Welcome Session

Student Panel: The NOVA Experience & What I Wish I Knew

Opening Remarks

Dr. Annette Haggray – Provost (AL)

Michael Turner – Dean of Students (WO)



12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

Breakout #2

Navigating Community College: Real

Conversations for International Students


Library Resources: Remote and Face to Face


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Breakout #3

The VSU and You! NOVA’s Virtual Student Union 


Testing While Remote


2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Plenary Panel

Faculty Panel: How to Succeed in Your Classes



4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover – Vice President of Student Services

Followed by Prize Raffle


5:00 pm – 5:50 pm

How to Succeed in Online Classes



6:00 pm – 6:50 pm

Meet the Alexandria Student Government Association (SGA)


We look forward to meeting you all virtually! 

Happy NOVA Day!

Happy NOVA Day! We know things are different this semester, but we still wanted you all to have a chance to take a breather, have some fun, and connect with each other. Throughout the day, we have some awesome, free virtual events to participate in. Check the Virtual Student Union Schedule.

Summer 2020, Let’s GO!


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


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