Online Student Assessments

To make quick student assessments available to all participants and service providers, VUB has added three (3) online evaluations to test general academic ability, college readiness, and for career exploration. Each assessment is easily administered and the results are immediate with follow-up provided by VUB staff. Request access to one or all.

General Academic Evaluation

TABE Assessment & Accuplacer Assessment

This online assessment measures a veteran's general level of math, writing and spelling to help identify academic strengths and weaknesses. The TABE test produces a score based on a grade equivalency of 1 through 13. The online TABE takes 20-30 minutes to complete. The Accuplacer test produces a students readiness to complete college entrance courses. The Accuplacer takes 45-60 minutes to complete.

College Math/Writing Readiness

Compass Assessment & Accuplacer Student Assessment

These online assessments evaluate a veteran's math and writing ability to determine his or her level of college math or writing. Most students entering or transferring to a Montana college must complete the Compass Assessment, Accuplacer Student Assessment, or similar test (Aleks, eWrite), which place them in an appropriate level of college math and writing courses. The online Compass Assessment takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and the Online Accuplacer Student Assessment takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. Each assessment indicates areas needing an academic refresher.

Career Exploration

Career Assessment Inventory

This questionnaire compares an individual's occupational interests to those of individuals in 111 specific careers that reflect a broad range of technical and professional positions in today's workforce. The results are used to develop career and study plans. The program director will contact the veteran with the results to provide career planning services and to explore education and training options. The online CAI takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

It is impossible to live without failing, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

J.K. Rowling


In order to serve the most veterans, we have the following eligibility requirements:

  • All participants must complete a VUB application to finalize enrollment.
  • Any veteran with an academic need that VUB services can address may be enrolled our academic refresher classes. Prior participants may enroll a second time if there is space in the class(es).

Veterans Upward Bound has provided instruction, support services and career counseling to veterans transitioning from soldier to civilian life since 1992.

Contact Us
  • Phone:
    (800) 356-8387
  • Fax:
    (406) 657-2077
    1500 University Drive
    Cisel Hall
    Billings, MT 59101