Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is the assignment of new cadets to advanced courses, with or without semester hours credit, for which they qualify.

Math Placement Tests

All new cadets are tested for math placement. 

Language Placement Tests

Students who have taken two or more years of a modern foreign language in high school are tested for language placement, regardless of major. Test results, high school records, foreign residency, and in some cases, a personal interview contribute to the recommendation for course level placement. It is possible for a student to place out of a portion or all of the language requirement.

Placement credit means a designated course does not have to be taken but no credit hours are not awarded. Students must complete the required hours through elective courses. 

Dual Enrollment or Attendance at Another College

VMI accepts credit earned at another accredited college in advance of the applicant's matriculation, provided the course grade has been at least a "C" or the equivalent and is approved by the department head. Applicants should get advanced approval of course selections from the VMI Admissions Office.

Go to Placement Testing

The College Board offers Advanced Placement Examinations annually in May, each based on a typical college-level course. These examinations are designed for students who have had special secondary school preparation. Below are listed the AP Examinations VMI currently accepts for credit. Semester hour credit may be awarded for grades of 4 or 5 (honors and high honors), with placement credit for a score of 3, except as indicated in the link below. Electives must be taken to fill the credit hour requirement.

AP Credit

VMI recognizes the advanced level of academic preparation of students completing the IB Diploma or IB courses and encourages participation in the program. Academic credit and/or advanced placement is determined by the appropriate academic department head. Generally, semester hour credit may be awarded for exam scores of 5 or higher. Placement credit is awarded for scores of 4, except as indicated below. Electives must be taken to fill the credit hour requirement.

International Baccalaureate Awards

A Level Credit: Based on an evaluation of the 2012 Cambridge International Exam syllabi, the following VMI course equivalents are acceptable for credit for incoming Cambridge International A-Level transfer activity. A grade of "C" or better is required unless otherwise indicated.

Subject Area Syllabus Code VMI Equivalent Credit Hours

Accounting 9706 Business Elective 3 credits
Arabic 9680 AR 101 & AR 102  6 credits
Biology 9700 BI 101  4 credits
Business Studies 9707 Business Elective 3 credits
(No lab credit given)
9701 CH 138 & CH 138  6 credits
Chinese 9715 CHI 101 & CHI 102  6 credits
Economics 9708 EC 201 & EC 202  6 credits
English - Language 8693 ERH 101  3 credits
French 9716 FR 101 & FR 102  6 credits
German 9717 German Elective Credit 6 credits
(Must have a grade of B or better)
9697 HI Elective 3 credits
Mathematics 9709 MA 123  3 credits
Physics 9702 PY 160/PY 161/PY 155/PY 156 (labs) 8 credits
Psychology 9698 PS 201  3 credits
Spanish 9719 SP 101 and SP 102  6 credits

All other A-Level exams will be evaluated by the appropriate department head at the time of application based on the current course content.

AS Level Credit: Cadets who matriculate at VMI with Cambridge International AS-Level credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the academic department head which oversees the course content. Acceptable grades of B/C or better in AS level Cambridge International work may be eligible for placement credit based on the evaluation of the department head.