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.
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.
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.
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.
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.