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​Placement

The goal of placement is to assess skills to ensure students are able to successfully engage with course content and have the best chances at passing the course. Most courses at Yakima Valley College (YVC) have placement prerequisites for writing and math ability. Also, all degree-seeking students must have both a writing and math placement in order to make a New Student Orientation (NSO) appointment and register for classes.

Start your college career the right way at YVC and get into the classes that are best for you.

What placement option is best for you?

YVC determines English and math placements by evaluating a variety of sources. Your individual situation determines what placement option is best for you. You might even use a different option for your English than for your math placement. If you place into different courses based on different placement options, we will honor the highest of your course placements.

Students can also take YVC’s English and/or math assessments to determine placements and to help you and your advisor decide on the appropriate courses for your success.

More information about Assessments

Placement options

Options vary — select the one that best describes you.

Your individual situation determines what placement option is best for you. You might use different options for your English and math placements. Review all your options; YVC will honor the highest of your course placements.

Graduated high school within the last 2 years

Placement from another WA community college within the last 2 years

Completed math and/or English courses at another college

No prior college courses or credits

Running Start

(must place into English 101 & Math 085)

HS GPA 3.2+
(English placement)
Smarter Balanced Scores
SAT or ACT Score
HS Pre-Calculus or Calculus
(Math placement)
YVC Placement Testing
Credit by Testing:
APCLEPIBDSST
Prior Learning

Placement Reciprocity

Transfer of Test Scores

 

Transcript evaluation
(includes College in the High School)

HS GPA 3.2+
(English placement)

SAT or ACT Score

HS Pre-Calculus or Calculus
(Math placement)

Credit by Testing:
APCLEPIBDSST

Prior Learning

Placement Option details

  • ​​Smarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or 4 (or 2 with HS Bridge course grade of B or better) (Math must be within one year) Send scores to Testing Services (HS level test only)
  • ​Cumulative HS GPA of 3.2 or better (English placement only) Send official HS transcript to Admissions
  • SAT or ACT scores: Send official test score or score download to Testing Services — click link above for score cut-offs
  • ​HS Math Pre-Calculus or Calculus — certain high schools only, math placement only
  • Credit by testing/prior learning creditAP, CLEP, IB, DSST
  • YVC English and/or math assessments

Transcript evaluation — send official college transcripts to Admissions by quarterly deadline.

  • Minimum HS GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Placement into English 101 and at least Math 085
  • Cumulative HS GPA of 3.2 or better (English placement only)
  • YVC English and math assessmentsSmarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or 4 (HS level test only)
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • ​Credit by testing/prior learning creditAP, CLEP, IB, DSST
  • ​Transcript evaluation — send official college transcripts to Admissions by quarterly deadline
  • ​​HS Math Pre-Calculus or Calculus — certain high schools only, math placement only

Learn more about Running Start Application Process.

Assessment Exemptions

You may be exempt from the English assessment if you:

  • Are able to use a placement option other than YVC assessments
  • Have an educational goal of “educational development/personal development/ interest.”

Contact the Admissions office if you believe you do not need to have an English placement.

You may be exempt from the Math assessment if you:

  • Are able to use a placement option other than YVC assessments
  • Have an educational goal of “educational development/personal development/ interest.”

Contact the Admissions office if you believe you do not need a math placement.

Prior Learning Credit

YVC recognizes that our adult learners come to us with a variety of learning experiences that may not have come from a traditional classroom. We may be able to award college credit for what you have already learned which may accelerate your pace toward meeting your educational goals.

Get credit for what you know

We offer credit by testing, course challenges, military credit, and extra-institutional learning.

Remote Testing for Placement

If you do not live in the area and cannot travel to a YVC Campus, please check our Placement Options above for other ways to obtain placement. You may also test remotely.

Students may test remotely through Examity Proctoring service. Students need to pay YVC $20 placement fee, as well as any fee required by the remote testing location.

See our YVC Placement Testing at Remote Site for complete instructions. Read all instructions carefully.