Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP/3SP) and what are the benefits of participating in 3SP services/activities?
  2. What information will be covered in orientation?
  3. When and where do I go for orientation?
  4. What is assessment?
  5. Where do I take the assessment?
  6. What are the Assessment Office hours?
  7. What do I need to bring to the assessment test(s)?
  8. How long will the test(s) take?
  9. How do I make an appointment?
  10. Do you accept walk-ins?
  11. How do I prepare for the Assessment?
  12. How many times can I take the Assessment?
  13. Is there a fee to take the Assessment?
  14. Where do I pick up my assessment test scores?
  15. Assessment tips.

1.  What is the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP/3SP) (formerly Matriculation) and what are the benefits of participating in 3SP services/activities?"

The 3SP Program creates a framework for the provision of core matriculation services including orientation, assessment and placement and counseling/advising/educational planning services that are intended to increase student access and academic success. 3SP services also include the provision of intervention and follow up services to academically at-risk students such as those that are on academic or progress probation or are otherwise identified as at-risk.  Benefits:  A new incoming student participating in all 3SP services/activities may qualify for priority registration.

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2.  What information will be covered in Orientation?

Orientation covers a number of areas including establishing academic expectations, understanding progress and probation standards, what is needed to maintain registration priority and the pre-requisite/co-requisite challenge processes. Orientation additionally provides a description of available programs and support services including financial aid assistance, and campus facilities, and how these support services can be accessed. You will also learn about the academic calendar and important college timelines, registration (selecting your courses) and paying for college fees. Other issues,  include policies, and procedures the college determines as necessary to provide a comprehensive orientation to students including available education planning services.

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3.  When and where do I go for Orientation?

All new incoming students must participate in an Orientation first before taking their assessment and participating in a counseling session, as per the 3SP program activities.  Students must access their MyVCCCD student portal and do the on-line orientation. 

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4.  What is assessment?

The Assessment Office facilitates the assessment testing process using multiple measures to assess student's academic readiness for English, reading and math courses.  Students will understand that the assessment process is a tool to ensure their successful placement in courses for which they are academically prepared. 

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5.  Where do I take the assessment test(s)?

Students can take the assessment test(s) at the Assessment Office in the Student Services Center (SSC) Building at Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Assessments are also offered at our Ventura College Santa Paula Site twice a month. Visit our assessment schedule for specific dates and times.

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6.  What are the Assessment Office hours?

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00am until 4:30pm

Tuesday: 8:00am until 6:30pm

Friday: 8:00am until 3:00pm

Closed daily from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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7.  What do I need to bring to the assessment test(s)?

All students testing are required to provide:
  • a valid Ventura College ID number (900...); and
  • a government issued photo identification card (e.g., California driver's license, California ID card, passport, or military ID).
  • If you are still in high school or just graduated, a high school ID may be presented.
  • We will also accept a Ventura College ID.
  • We will not be able to test you without proper ID.  If you have lost your ID or do not have one, please go to your nearest DMV office to obtain a temporary driver's license or ID.  We will gladly accept a DMV printout.

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8.  How long will the assessment test(s) take?

  • Math: Up to 1 hour - For the math assessment, you have up to 1 hour and do not need to stay for the entire hour if you finish beforehand and are satisfied with your answers.

  • English: 1 hour and 30 minutes - You must stay for the full 1 hour and 30 minutes of the English assessment test.

  • Math and English: 2 hours and 30 minutes - You can take both Math and English in the same testing session, or break them up by reserving two separate appointment dates.

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9.  How do I make an appointment?

  1. Visit our testing schedule on-line to select a date and time for your assessment by clicking here on Assessment Schedule 
  2. Reserve on-line: Select a testing date and time from our assessment schedule and reserve an appointment using the testing appointment form  and follow all instructions given on the form on how to submit your request.
  3. Via Phone:  (805) 289-6402.  Have your VC 900 ID#, DOB,  and phone number ready when calling.

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10.  Do you accept walk-ins?

Yes, we accept walk-ins on designated "Drop-in" dates.  Please visit our testing schedule by visiting the Assessment Schedule .

  • No Appointment Required: First-come, First-served
  • Student must be completed with assessment test at least 30 minutes before office closing time
  • *If you are taking both Math and English, you must come in no later than 2:00 pm to finish before closing time*
  • Assessment Office reserves the right to cancel drop-in hours due to extenuating circumstances
  • Students must provide a VCCCD student ID#  (900..) which students obtain when they complete the admissions application process 
  • Photo identification card (ie.CA ID, drivers lic., school Id card, etc.) required at the time of testing 

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11.  How do I prepare for the Assessment?

You can prepare for both the Math and/or English Assessments using PREP2ASSESS

MATH TEST: Ventura College currently uses the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) assessment test developed by the CSU/US Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project for placement into mathematics courses.  The following links may be used to view/download samples of the four levels of math assessment tests used:

Test 1 Algebra Readiness (Pre-Algebra)

Test 2 Elementary Algebra

Test 3 Intermediate Algebra

Test 4 Pre-calculus

You might also want to try: Khan Academy Videos

Click on the link for the Arithmetic and Pre-algebra videos

Click on the link  for the Algebra video

ENGLISH TEST: Ventura College currently uses the College Tests for English Placement (CTEP) test to place students into appropriate English classes.  The English assessment test consists of three parts including reading comprehension, grammar and a sentence completion exercise.  The English tes is multiple choice, and no written essay is required. 

Click on the link for the English study guide.

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12.  How many times can I take the assessment test?

Students are allowed to take the math and/or the English assessment test a maximum of two (2) times, unless they have specific authorization from a counselor or from the math or English department to exceed this limitation.

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13.  Is there a fee to take the assessment?

Assessments are free of charge for Ventura College students, and are required for students who:

  • Are attending VC for the first time with the goal of completing a Certificate, an Associate’s Degree (AA/AS), or an Associate's Degree for Transfer (ADT).
  • Plan to take an English and/or Math course
  • Plan to take a General Education course requiring college-level skills

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14.  Where do I pick up my test scores?

  1. TEST RESULTS MUST BY PICKED UP IN-PERSON by the student (photo ID required) at the Student Services Center in the Assessment Office.  See Office Hours.
  2. Test scores will not be posted, faxed, emailed or given over the phone due to the FERPA Law (student privacy law) regardless of student's age.
  3. Bring a photo identification with you at the time of pick up and know your VC student identification number (900..).

NOTE:  Test results can only be picked up by the student at the Assessment Office.  (Photo ID required).  Do not send a parent, relative or friend to request your test results.  All college students, regardless of age, are required to pick up their own test results.

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15.   Assessment Tips:

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment.  Otherwise, we may give your spot away to someone on the waitlist.
  • This is not an admissions test.  The purpose is to determine the best English and/or Math class for you.
  • You cannot pass or fail the assessment; it is a placement test.
  • You want to prepare and do yur best - your placement can save you time and money you can find materials and study guides by clicking PREP2ASSESS.
  • Relax! Assessments are designed to help you succeed in school. Your scores help you and VC determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills.  Once you identify your academic strengths and weaknesses, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they interfere with your learning.
  • You will be able to concentrate better on the placement test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly before you take the assessment test.
  • Take a moment to relax and gather your thoughts before you begin the test.
  • Be sure you understand the directions for each test before you start.  Ask questions if you need to do so.
  • Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking.  If answering an item requires several steps, be sure to consider them all.
  • Be sure to answer every item.  You are not penalized for guessing.  Your score will provide more useful placement information if you answer every item, even if you guess.
  • Don't be afraid to change an answer if you believe your first choice was wrong.
  • If you have a problem or question during the test, raise your hand and the test administrator/proctor will help you.  Although they cannot answer test questions for you, they can help ou with other types of questions or problems that you might be having.
  • Use your scratch paper to work problems and/or make notes to yourself.  The paper will be collected at the end of the placement test.

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