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ELP students

Students Who Must Take the Test

You are required to take the English Language Placement Test on campus or online if:

  1. You want to study in the English Language Program.
  2. You are admitted to VCU but need to satisfy the English language requirement.

The test is very important because it determines a student's initial placement in the English Language Program.

Test location and test dates

Students have the option of taking the test on campus or online.

The online test can be taken from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to a computer with a camera and microphone and a reliable internet connection.

The on-campus test is given at the following location:

English Language Program - Global Education Office
Virginia Commonwealth University
Grace Street Center, 3rd Floor
912 West Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23284

Registration for the test

English Language Program students: You will automatically be registered for the test once you are accepted to the program and have paid the $170 application and testing fee.

Students accepted into academic programs: Please complete the appropriate registration form. The cost of the placement test is $100 USD.

ELP Remote Placement Test Registration - Online

ELP Placement Test Registration - On-Campus

Test Format

The English Language Program uses the Versantâ„¢ English Test for the placement test. It is computer-based, and it takes about 50 minutes. Sample test questions can be found on the Versant website.

Test results

Placement test results are typically available within 24-48 hours of taking the test.. Your class schedule will be based on your placement test scores.