Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
If you are testing at the Yakima campus: NO.
If you are testing at the Grandview campus: YES.
How much does the exam cost?
The exam fee is $20 non-refundable and non-transferrable.
When can I take the test?
Please click on the Testing in Yakima or Testing in Grandview from the left menu links to see testing schedules.
Can I retest?
You may retest once, three months after initial test. If you have started classes in the English or Math series, you may not retest.
Can I use my Smarter Balanced, SAT, or ACT scores for placement?
Yes! Bring in your ELA and/or Math Smarter Balanced, SAT, or ACT scores to the Testing Services desk for evaluation. Check out Placement Options to see how we use your scores for placement.
Once I have completed the placement test how do I access my scores?
You will be given a printout of your placement immediately after testing. Please keep this as part of your records. Current YVC students may access valid test scores (not older than two years) from Degree Audit in the student portal.
I do not live in Yakima and am not able to travel; where can I take the placement exam?
Please check our Placement Options page for other ways to obtain YVC placement. Also, you may click here for our remote testing procedure.
Do I qualify for Placement Reciprocity and where do I get the Placement Reciprocity Form?
Click this link for more information.
If I have test scores from a previous college, will YVC accept them?
Students must have applied to YVC, paid the Admission fee, and have a student ID number before sending test scores.
Colleges may fax or mail the score reports to the appropriate campus.
Make sure to have the sending institution include your birthdate on the test scores.
If you are attending the Yakima Campus send scores to:
YVC Testing Office
PO Box 22520
Yakima, WA 98907
If you are attending the Grandview Campus send scores to:
Yakima Valley College
500 W. Main St.
Grandview, WA 98930
Can I request my test scores be sent to another college?
Yes, fill out the Records Request form and we will process your request.