Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling FAQs   |   Transfer Center FAQs

Table of Contents

  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 ins 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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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. 

Back to Top

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. 

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

6.  What are the Assessment Office hours?

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

Tuesday: 8:30am until 6:30pm

Friday: 8:30am until 3:00pm

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

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top


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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

10.  Do you accept walk-ins?

No, we do not accept walk-ins.  Please visit our testing schedule by clicking here Assessment Schedule and reserve an appointment on-line, via fax or phone.

Back to Top

11.  How do I prepare for the Assessment?

You can download the study guides for the math and English test(s).  All study guides are in PDF and/or windows format only.  No calculators allowed for the math portion of the test.

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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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

 Back to Top

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.

 Back to Top

15.   Assessment Tips:

  • 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 - you placement can save you time and money you can find materials and study guides by clicking preparation materials.
  • 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 ou get plenty of rest and eat properly before you take the assessment test.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment.  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.

Back to Top