We had a blog post request for clarification on testing.
-Testing is required for all students applying under the Virginia Community College GAAs for the Engineering and Arts and Sciences schools, no matter your age or your time out of high school. If English is your second language, you may substitute the TOEFL or the IELTS for the SAT or ACT. We look for a 90 or above on the TOEFL; a 7.0 and above on the IELTS. We do not have specific requirements for the SAT or ACT, but if Verbal and Writing scores are low - typically, below 500, we may contact you and ask for more proficiency testing.
-If you are applying as a regular transfer without the GAA(most applicants), testing is required for anyone who has been out of high school for less than five years. If you graduated in 2010 or later('11, '12, etc.), we require testing. You can submit old test scores as there is no need to take them again.
-If you are applying to the Commerce school... it is in your best interest to submit testing no matter how long you've been out of high school. We sometimes tell students whose first language is not English is that it's advisable to take the TOEFL and the SAT or ACT. They are really big on quantitative (math) and presentation skills.
We understand we may be different in our testing requirements for transfers. As a selective institution, we appreciate the information that standardized testing can give us and thus, that's why we require it for most parties applying.
* GAA = Guaranteed Admission Agreement.