Placement Tests: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the Student ID the test asks me to enter?

A: The Student ID is your seven-digit EMPLID or SIS ID number (numbers only, no letters). It is NOT the same as the user ID that is in your VCCS email address. (You will need that on the second information page.) Make sure that the ID you enter here is the seven-digit EMPLID/SIS ID number. This is very important in making sure your scores are processed correctly, so if you have any questions about which ID to use, please ask an assistant.

Q: Which email address should I use?

A: Use your VCCS email address, not your home/personal email address. This is where your username is used, since the VCCS email format is your username + (For example, if your username is abc123, you would enter

Q: How long does the test take/how many sections are there?

A: The test is untimed, and we encourage you not to rush through it. The number of sections varies depending on your performance in each part. When you are finished with the last section, a screen will appear asking for a proctor password. You will need to get an assistant to enter the password and print your results.

Q: What if I don’t know how to solve some of the problems?

A: Don’t give up if the questions are unfamiliar to you. The placement test is not something you can “pass” or “fail,” so just do the best you can, and don’t worry if you can’t answer every question. This test is designed to provide a basic idea of your math ability, and helps the advisors place you in the courses best suited to your ability level.

Q: Can I quit taking the test and come back later to finish it?

A: Yes, it is possible to save your test and finish it later, although you won’t receive any results until you complete the test. If you must leave before you can finish, notify an assistant so he/she can enter the password to save your test for later.

Q: How do I know what my results mean?

A: The Testing Center staff cannot interpret your results, but BRCC’s academic advisors can help you figure out what your results mean.