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Dual Enrollment through NOVA Extended Learning Institute

Dual Enrollment allows qualified high school and home schooled students to earn college credits for courses taken online through NOVA ELI while still studying high school courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dual Enrollment at NOVA’s Extended Learning?

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows qualified high school and home schooled students to earn college credits for courses taken online through NOVA ELI while still studying high school courses. With approval from the high school, these college credits may be used to meet high school graduation requirements, as well. For some students, dual enrollment may be a better option than taking AP or IB courses.

Why Take Dual Enrolled Courses?

You can begin working on an associate degree or certificate, allowing you to complete college course work while finishing high school requirements for graduation. You may gain confidence in your ability to do college work and you may have an easier transition when you move into post-secondary education. You may also take a course for college credit only, which is not available through your high school curriculum.

Who Can Participate?

To participate, you must be a high school junior or senior, have the support of your parents, and be recommended by your principal and high school counselor if you are matriculating in a high school. Students are approved when their academic achievement, their placement tests, and other supporting information shows they are college ready, and demonstrate an understanding of online learning and personal traits consistent with successful online students. Students must meet all course pre-requisites, as applicable.

How are Dual Enrollment Classes through ELI Different from On-Campus Dual Enrollment Courses?

Taking a Dual Enrollment Class online will have similarities and differences when compared to on-campus classes. To learn more, visit our website at http://eli.nvcc.edu, and read our Orientation section “What Do I Need To Know About Online Learning?

Important note:

The dual enrollment forms must be submitted at least 10 business days before classes begin.
Students who do not meet this deadline will need to explore alternative Start Dates.

Checklist

  • Review the ELI Orientation modules.
  • Students and parents should become familiar with the online learning process through ELI to ensure that the course delivery format will work for you and optimize your learning experience.

  • Complete the Smarter Measure Assessment for Online Learning.
  • Dual Enrollment students are required to take the SmarterMeasure Assessment for Online Learning.

  • Apply for admission to NOVA.
  • Before applying, meet with your high school counselor to assess your readiness for college level work and to determine how dual enrollment credits will apply to your high school requirements.

  • Take placement tests in English and Math or provide qualifying test scores as outlined below.

Take the needed placement tests or collect the necessary documentation showing results from an AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT or SOL test that would exempt you from taking the college placement test. Tests are given at each campus testing center. You must produce a photo ID and NOVA student ID# in order to test. Allow approximately two and one-half hours for each test. For Testing Center information, visit the Testing Web Page.

In order to be enrolled in dual enrollment classes, all students must demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following placement or scoring criteria in each row.

Admission Criteria for Transfer/Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in English

  • PSAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 50 or higher (Before Oct. 2015)
  • PSAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score of 390 or higher (After Oct. 2015)
  • SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 500 or higher (Before Mar. 2016)
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score of 560 or higher (After Mar. 2016)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on Reading and Combined English/Writing sections (Before Sept. 2015)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on English, Reading AND Writing sections (After Sept. 2015)
  • AP English Literature or AP Language and Composition Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB English score of 5 of higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying score into ENG 111 for Transfer Course/ENF 1 for Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in Mathematics

  • Passing score on math SOL taken within last two school years
  • PSAT Math section score of 52 or higher (Before Oct. 2015)
  • PSAT Math section score of 500 or higher (After Oct. 2015)
  • SAT Math section score of 520 or higher (Before Mar. 2016)
  • SAT Math section score of 550 or higher (After Mar. 2016)
  • ACT Math score of 22 or higher
  • AP Calculus BC Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB Math score of 5 or higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying placement out of one MTE unit

Be Aware:

Certain courses, usually within the math discipline, may have prerequisites or higher placement test requirements. Students taking MTH 163 or higher cannot use PSAT, SAT or ACT math exemptions to qualify them to take the course. Students enrolling in those math courses must take the Math VPT or have a qualifying AP or IB math score. Check the course descriptions for the individual classes before enrolling.

  • Download the Dual Enrollment Application Form listed below, fill it out, and get appropriate signatures.

    • Prepare a Cover Letter to identify the reason for requesting to take the course through NOVA at this time and how the course fits into your overall academic plan and career goal.

    • Obtain a copy of your current high school transcripts.

    Please note the following:

  • Review college information on ELI website, and become familiar with how online learning works at ELI.

    • The College Catalog describes the courses, college policies and degree and certificate programs offered at NOVA.
    • The Schedule of Classes lists the classes, times and locations for credit courses.
    • ELI Course Descriptions provide the following information for all ELI courses: overview, objectives, materials, grading, exams, policies and procedures, and instructor contact information.
    • Testing information for ELI .
  • Submit all documents to the ELI Counselor by fax or by email.

    • A completed dual enrollment form.
    • A copy of your high school transcript or home school equivalent.
    • A cover letter that clearly identifies the reason for requesting to take the course through NOVA at this time and how the course fits into your overall academic plan and career goal.
    • A copy of your NOVA placement test scores or qualifying test scores as stated above.
    • The summary page of your completed SmarterMeasure Assessment for Online Course Readiness.

    Once you’ve completed the checklist, submit all requested documents to ELI Counselors either by email attachment to elicounselors@nvcc.edu, or by fax (703-323-3392). Students are encouraged to contact the ELI Counselors to address any questions or concerns. ELI Counselors may be reached by email at elicounselors@nvcc.edu or by phone at 703-323-3347.

    After the request for Dual Enrollment is reviewed and a decision is made by the ELI Director of Student Services, an ELI Counselor will notify the student about the decision. If approved, an ELI Counselor will register the student in the appropriate class.

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